Today, I had an audition for ‘Brit Idol 2012’ – a nationwide talent show with a prize of £1000 plus performance opportunities. I came across the competition through starnow.co.uk.
As I live in Manchester, which is quite a large city, I was expecting the audition to be packed. I was also expecting to be sitting around for hours. So I took a new book with me, Stephen King’s The Stand, I’ve only just started it but I can tell I’m going to enjoy it.
So anyway I turn up at the Zion Arts Centre and the place is … well … pretty much deserted. Eventually a man comes out with a clipboard and calls a register. His register is only about a dozen names but half of those hadn’t turned up – luckily there was a friend of mine from RNCM also auditioning so we could sit and chat while we waited for our 5 minute audition.
I had arrived at 11.45am, by the time they start taking people in for auditions it was already 1.15 and I’d had to sneak out to buy a sandwich. They didn’t call me in until 3.55pm! I went in and did my thing (will post a video as soon as I work out how to transfer it from my phone to the internet). The judges were a singer, a cellist and a pianist, and the only piece of constructive advice they gave me?
I waited around for FOUR HOURS and you are telling me to ‘smile more’ ? ? !
I could not believe what I was hearing, the piece I chose was jazzy and light-hearted, but what do they want me to do – grin like the cheshire cat because I’m playing happy music? So frustrating…
So I’m just going to chalk it up to a learning experience – still can’t believe I paid £10 and waited all afternoon to be told that I look too intense when I play.
Nevertheless, onwards and upwards as usual. I’m going to a friend’s house for dinner tonight so I can forget about this waste of a day…