Confessions of a First-Time Auditioner

4/30/13 marks my first-ever audition for a reality TV show.

First-ever audition for ANYTHING non-academic, as well.

It was such an exciting experience.

Some of my key learnings:

  • Auditions are AMAZING ways to network (one of the guys used to work on renowned shows AND helped with the production of the LOTR films).
  • You can cultivate some of the best friendships through an audition like this (i.e. gathering geeks from a huge pool and placing them in a room together… of COURSE we were bound to all connect and geek out together). Case in point: Five geeks walked into a Denny’s after the audition to talk and learn more about each other, and our conversations were so dynamic and nerdtastic. My cheeks and stomach were so sore from all the laughing and smiling by the end of our 2+ hour dinner. Friendship at its finest, seriously.
  • There is a strong sense of community in geeks and nerds that set us apart from many others. I’m so proud of this.
  • No matter how calm you try to stay, if you only have a minute or so to give your elevator pitch on who you are, why you’re perfect for a show and the type of fandoms you’re passionate about, you’re going to inevitably talk excitedly and quickly while your hands are shaking and your heart is pounding.
  • “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” -Sheryl Sandberg [the quote that played in my mind throughout the two-hour audition process]
  • Even if nothing comes of this, AT LEAST I TRIED. This show was a perfect fit for me, so the fact that I was able to land an audition and make amazing friends along the way is, in itself, something I’m proud of and so grateful to have experienced.
  • 99.9% sure that the show is going to be filmed in NZ (or at least starting out there). COME ON, IT’S THE BIRTHPLACE OF MIDDLE-EARTH. Requiring a passport gave it all away.
  • I could attend geeky auditions like this all the time if it meant increased opportunities to meet fellow LOTR-obsessed geeks like myself.

Thanks for the memories, Caitlin, Alice, Gaby and Patrick. You guys have shown me the importance of staying true to my nerd and geek roots and that I’m SO HAPPY when I meet others who share the same passions/interests/obsessions as me. I am so proud to be a girl geek.


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