After writing an in-depth post on my first audition, I wasn’t planning on writing another post on this topic. However, today’s audition went in an unexpected direction which I definitely did not see coming! Curious what happened?
If you’re following me on social media, you might have noticed that I went to Amsterdam yesterday for my second Disneyland Paris character audition! Like I mentioned in last week’s Little Chitchat, I went to the auditions with the thought ‘I’m just doing this for extra experience, so I can perform properly on my future audition’. I have to graduate college the upcoming schoolyear, so I can’t move to Paris long term just yet. I’m guessing I’ll be done with school in exactly one year (if everthing goes as planned, of course), which would mean that I can audition for real around march (or whenever they’re holding the 2016 auditions).
So the experience itself was similar to my last audition – I met so many nice people again and we even started a Facebook group for future auditons and to keep each other updated (a few of them have been picked for a possible contract!). It was a different location this time – thank god I noticed that the night before, otherwise I would’ve gone to the wrong dance studio.. that would’ve been awkward! This location was much better than last time’s, and the mood was so much more relaxing. Last time there were 192 people, this time there were around 70-80 (yay, we could actually move during rehearsals! Last time we could hardly move because you didn’t want to give the person next to you a fist in the face!).
So it started off pretty much the same – we got measured (my height was 166cm, even though I’m actually 164cm!), we got to fill in a form, received our numbers (number 548 this time! Last time I got 177) and got to see the same old powerpoint presentation (which still gets me excited!). Then it was time for the first round, followed by the first cut.. Animation!
Round one: Animation
The animation round was exactly the same as last time. We moved to the same song, doing the same sequences of eight counts impersonating different characters (cowboy, pirate, villain, royalty, etc.). This round went okay! I made big and explosive movements and I remembered to do facial expressions that relate to the characters. I got that round in the pocket! And even though I felt good about it, I was still SO surprised when they didn’t call my number (when they call your number, you’re cut and asked to go home). So I was still in the game and got to sit on the side, waiting for the other people to finish their animation. Wow, what just happened?! Does that feel good!!
Round two: Dancing
I had succeeded my goal: I had passed the first round so I could finally experience the dancing part. My initial thought was “try to remember the dance so I can practice at home and do better during my next audition”. Okidokies. So we went through the choreography at a slow pace, repeating the same eight counts over and over again, and extending the sequence by adding the next eight counts every time. We kept doing that until we had the whole dance down, which was surprisingly fast! Then we got to practice the whole thing to the music a few times, right before we performed in front of the judges, facing the second elimination afterwards. I actually totally lost it halfway, the music was so fast! So I just.. improvised. And when I knew the choreo again, I jumped back in and finished the sequence. I felt so bad for forgetting the middle part and I was so sure they would call my number. But.. they didn’t! I guess they liked my little improvisation and the most important thing – I kept smiling through my mistake! That’s what they want to see. You can be the best dancer, but if you don’t smile, they don’t want you.
Round three: Smiling!
So I managed to survive the elimination rounds! I was stunned, confused, extremely happy and completely in schock! There were only like 12 of us left and I WAS ONE OF THEM!! I’m actually Disney material! The casting directors congratulated us for getting this far and asked us to line up so they could take a closer look at us, ask us some questions (such as do you have any tattoos, scars, piercings or other things we need to know?’) and have us smile at them for a brief moment. Yes, it sounds awkies, but they just want to see your smile up close. After they examined everyone’s appearances and smiles, one of them asked about half of us to come forward, me included. He told us that we did great and really have potential, but we’re either too tall for the character they had in mind for us or they just don’t need that particular character right now (they didn’t tell us which character though!). He told us to definitely come back next time, as the required height of the characters may change and also their availability.
I am completely okay with it. He literally confirmed that they actually had a character in mind for me! FOR ME! I wonder which one!
What did I do better this time?
– I wore a very bright top to draw attention. Last time I was in black and white which doesn’t really stand out.
– Smiling through EVERYTHING, even my mistakes.
– Making big and explosive motions during the animation.
– When having trouble remembering the choreography, I kept moving and smiling until I could pick it up again.
– Having fun and not being scared to make mistakes.
Anyway, I’m definitely going back in september, together with a bunch of lovely girls I met yesterday (whom I had yummie Starbucks with afterwards)! I still remember the dance moves so I’m going to practice and perfect it in the meantime.
Which character do you think they might have had in mind for me?