5 Pieces of Advice from KAI’s ED Artist Class “Peaches”
On December 30th 2021, KAI joined us at ED LIVE to teach an Artist Class for the choreography of his song “Peaches”. At the end of the class, he had a Q&A session and shared his previous experiences and life views while answering a few questions submitted by our trainees. Here are the questions and answers:
You always look very cool on stage, so I was wondering how many hours do you practice before a stage and is there anything you do right before you get on a stage to prepare yourself or give yourself the courage and confidence to go on. Thank you! —Sophia, United Kingdom
KAI: You know, there’s never ending to a practice. For the peaches performance and as well as the concert, I feel like I prepared and practiced for about 1-2 months. Even though I practice a lot, until I get to the stage and perform it, I can’t really feel if I prepared enough for it. Sometimes I end up on stage like “I don’t know if I practiced enough, did I?” and go up on stage. But if you trust yourself and time has passed already. Time goes on, so just have fun and enjoy the moment. For you guys as well, when an important time comes up for you guys, trust yourself and be confident. Alright?
I trust you guys and I believe in you guys, so believe in yourself everyone!
What is your method to feel the music, and making facial expressions? I see you do amazing with facial expressions and seems you are telling the story of the music just by using your face and moves, how do you do it? How do you connect with the music? —Nadjie, Panama
KAI: Nadjie from Panama asked this question.
First off, I think it’s really important to listen to the music a lot. When I go on stage, I forget about how much I practiced and I just enjoy the moment as it is, as my body already memorized the moves. It just goes with the flow.
For somebody that has been in love with dance for forever, but decided to take it seriously by taking classes kind of late in life (29 year old), what is the best advice moving forward? —Keyy, Japan
KAI: Practicing and enjoying that moment of all your practicing can really help you improve but once it becomes your job, or your work, it may become a bit difficult at heart. I’ve been dancing for 20+ years, I’ve technically become one with dancing and performing. Just don’t forget that moment, that feeling you had when you first started to dance.
What's the moment you have been the most proud of yourself? What is a dream/goal of yours you haven't achieved yet? —Stella, Greece
KAI: I think this moment or EXO’s debut till now, every moment that I’m able to be in front of you guys, makes me the most proud of myself. My goal is to keep on going and show you guys the best performances I can.
What are your New year’s resolutions guys? First thing you hope would come true.
Travel, dance, to be happy, to be able to see KAI, getting accepted in auditions, staying healthy, being a doctor etc. There’s a lot!
Someone said 'Boyfriend' in the chat! (HAHA) that’s important. Whoever wrote boyfriend, I will root for you.
Next year when I have another ED class, let me know if you got a boyfriend. You can take the class together next year!
For me, my new year’s resolutions are to keep being happy with my fans. I will try hard for it!
Happiness is the goal. I’ve already listed it out in my head of the things I can help you.
Try to think about all the ways you can make a boyfriend, then you’ll definitely be able to get a boyfriend.
Before you make a boyfriend, you have to know their number, right?
So try to have a nice plan!
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? —Meli, USA
KAI: There’s this one thing that really got to me. Really hit my heart.
Everyone just lives. I think that really got to me.
Putting meaning into every single little thing, when I didn’t like something and it didn’t come out the way I expected it, it really made me stressed and sad.
Sometimes I had dull days, you were born so just live. That sentence really hit my heart.
When you first hear this, it may not sound like much, but you just gotta live. The next day, something else news are going to come up. If things start to come up, and after couple days, you’re going to forget about what you were mad about or stressed about. My sister actually said this to me. For me, when I see my sister, I feel like she lives really happily.
fter seeing that, I really felt what she meant. So just live like flowing water. While you’re on the road, you probably have all of sudden fish in your hands, something’s going to come into your hands, so just live!
What about you guys? We hope you remember the best advice, enjoyed KAI’s Q&A, and that you found his words helpful or even inspirational!