Audition: (n) an interview for a particular role or job as a singer, actor, dancer, or musician,
- The wonderful thing about new things is that they aren’t old.
- The terrible thing about new things is that they have not proven that they work.
Such was the case many years ago when I had a music group and we were auditioning for a spot to do a series of high school concerts which would have given us a nice piece of finance in a time when such remuneration was unusual.
It was long before American Idol or The Voice–where people are thrust in front of millions of listeners and evaluated on their prowess.
This was two guys, sitting in a barn-like building, who were not much older than myself, deciding if our group would be a “right fit” for this particular opportunity.
Well, here was the problem:
- They didn’t know exactly what the position was going to be. Since nobody had done it before, there was no reference point.
- Neither one of them were musicians and confessed to this lacking by saying, “But we know what we like…”
- They were pretty people, so they were very concerned that other pretty people might be prettier to high school students, who were really tuning in to the prettiest possibilities.
- They were impatient. They wanted us to do one song.
So I decided to do a medley, which I could insist was only one song, but still include four or five pieces of tunes. It seemed like a brilliant idea. When we finished, they told us they “would get back to us.”
I should have known at that point that we had not passed muster. The reason most of us get dissappointed is that we maintain hope for things that we know deep in our heart are gone.
Two weeks later we got a letter from the company explaining that they thought we were a really great group–but not the “look” they desired.
Like everyone else on earth, I’ve done my share of auditions. I’ve won some of them and I have fallen on my face.
But honestly, most of the time it had little to do with my performance or presentation and much to do with how I was eyeballed.
Basically, it’s not an audition–it’s an eyedition.
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