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My second Disneyland Paris audition

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?

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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!).

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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?

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39 Responses to My second Disneyland Paris audition

  • Wauw wat goed! Ik vind het al zot of dat je gewoon mee doet voor de ervaring, als je weet dat je eigenlijk toch niet kan. Heel slim! Ik ben stiekem ook wel benieuwd naar her personage dat ze in gedachte hebben. Hoe cool zou het zijn als je een personage mag zijn! Goed gedaan meis <3

    • Hihi, ik heb het idee dat juist omdat ik voor de ervaring ging, ik daarom zo ver kwam! Ik was natuurlijk totaal niet zenuwachtig! :P Blijkbaar presteer ik dan veel beter!

  • Wauw, wat een verhaal zeg. ZO tof dat je bij de laatste 12 zat, ik ben ontzettend benieuwd naar de personage die ze voor je uitgekozen hadden!

  • DENISE WAT GAAF!! Dat je zo ver bent gekomen! OMG OMG. Ik weet zeker dat jij uiteindelijk eindigt als Disney Prinses.. <3 <3 <3

  • WOWW I want to do this too! I want to be Jasmine from Aladdin! Where do they offer auditions at and is it worldwide, as in for any Disney park?

    • And do you need experience?

      • They do offer auditions worldwide! Auditions for Disneyland in Cali and Walt Disney World in Florida are held in the USA (and also for the Asian Disney parks I think!). Auditions for Disneyland Paris are held throughout Europe! You do not need any experience at all! They don’t look at your resume, they just look at your performance! (So technically, experience does come in handy so you can perform better, but everyone has an equal chance!)

  • ahh wat tof en wat fijn dat het zo goed ging, hopelijk krijg je de volgende keer de baan wel <3 ik ga voor je duimen maar ontzettend fijn dat je al zo ver bent gekomen ook heel goed voor je ervaring!

    • Dankjewel!! <3 Ik weet nu precies hoe de audities gaan van begin tot eind en gelukkig zijn een paar meiden die ik ken wél gekozen, dus zij houden me op de hoogte van hoe alles in zijn werk gaat! Het voelt nu ineens zo dichtbij! :)

  • Omgg wat gaaf Denise, wat een toffe ervaring ! Echt stoer dat je zo ver was gekomen, en inderdaad welke kleine prinses zouden ze in gedachten gehad hebben :o Tinkerbell inderdaad misschien, of Rapunzel? Die is ook niet zo groot toch?

    • Dankjewellll!! Wie weet! Iemand dacht ook al misschien Alice of Wendy? Rapunzel valt tussen de 1.64 en 1.68, dus daar zou ik juist perfect voor zijn! Maargoed, ze zeiden tegen mijn groepje dat we óf te lang zijn óf ze zoeken ons personage momenteel gewoon niet. Dus wie weet is het voor mij wel die tweede reden geweest, aangezien ik wel de average princess height (1.60-1.70) ben!

  • Wat een bijzondere ervaring en wat gaaf dat je uiteindelijk zo ver bent gekomen. Ik ben wel echt heel erg benieuwd aan wie ze dan precies dachten. Maar wat een fantastische ervaring, kun je mooi meenemen tijdens je toekomstige audities!

  • Oh wat leuk!! Jammer dat ik een gezin heb, en een man met een vaste baan, die niet voor zoiets mee naar Frankrijk zullen verhuizen. Anders had ik zeker meegedaan voor Rapunzel ofzo (met mijn mooie lange haren ;) )

  • Wauw zo gaaaf! Het lijkt me echt super om dat als baan te hebben :)

  • Wow wat lijkt dat mij een super toffe ervaring zeg!
    Vaak zo dat je beter presteerd als je niet super zenuwachtig bent.
    Heel knap, kudos!

  • Ah, zo gaaf! Wat knap van je dat je zo ver bent gekomen! Jammer dat ze niet zeggen welk character ze voor jou in hun hoofd hadden. Disney prinses zijn lijkt me ook zooo gaaf! Twee jaar terug durfde ik niet en dit jaar ben ik het gewoon helemaal vergeten, zo balen :( volgende keer dan maar :) super leuke blog heb je trouwens, ik ga je volgen! xoxo

  • Oh wat leuk! Ik wens je alle sterkte. Dit is zo inspirerend.

  • Woaaaa this is so exciting!! I really want you to pass next time because i would love to read your disney blog posts when youre there!!

    • Aww! I really hope that will happen someday!! I wouldn’t be able to blog about it too much though! Honestly I wouldn’t even be allowed to share much at all! But think about the pictures I can take on my days off! ;) I’ll be living in Paris! <3
      FINGERS CROSSED ALL THE WAY!!

  • Wauw, echt heel gaaf dat je dit hebt gedaan! Successs! Ik denk trouwens dat je veel karakters aan kan! Heel toevallig heeft een vriendinnetje uit mijn dansgroep exact hetzelfde gedaan. Haar verhalen waren ook echt super om aan te horen.

  • Hi! mijn vriendin op Lookbook vroeg af wanneer je je terug zou komen? Ze had namelijk deze topic gemaakt om jou te kunnen overtuigen met dit concept.

    http://lookbook.nu/topic/163690-Tights-Kick-Posers-Wanted

  • I love how you have average princess height! I want to have princess height!! xx

  • Hey, thanks for the elaborate article. I’m actually curious about which characters you had to do for the animation part of the audition? Could you tell me a bit more about that experience? Thank you so much in advance! :)

    • Hi Rose! It’s not based on specific characters – they let you use your imagination! For example, when they ask you to do a pirate, you could pick any Disney pirate (Jack Sparrow, Captain Hook, etc.) or just a random pirate in general.
      I can’t tell you exactly what kind of characters they asked us to do, because we are not allowed to share any in-depth information on the auditions! If you’re interested in auditioning, just go ahead and try. You’ll love it! :)

  • Hello! :) I loved this post. And I have a doubt about the animation part. When they tell you, you have to do a pirate, do they teach you moves and you only have to change the face and way of doing the moves? or you can do whatever you want? I mean if they tell you, walk forward as a cowboy, can you go jumping and do whatever you want? I find this very difficult to understand hahaha thanks!!

    • Hi Sara!
      You do whatever YOU think a pirate would do! ;-) So basically everyone’s doing something else. They don’t teach you the moves, you have to make them up. So a little bit of improvisation is required!

  • Wow! That’s amazing! How do you know what character they are looking for? Does it say on the website? What if your Caucasian, and you show up to an audition that seems to be more fit for “Pocahontas,” or “Tiana” kinds of girls? Oh, and on the “Animation” round, are you allowed to talk? Or, is it more like a miming; “Ariel lost her voice” kind of thing? What are some ideas you had for the Pirate, Cowboy, and Villain improv?
    Thank you so much for your help! I plan on auditioning later on to be a Disney Character, and this article has definitely proved in being more than enough help.

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