Thursday, November 17, 2011

WHAT?! I Auditioned for The Glee Project?!

If you read this blog at all, you may or may not know that I have a slight (and by slight, I mean borderline inappropriate) obsession with Damian McGinty, one of the winners of season 1 of The Glee Project. The thing about the Glee Project contenders is that they were just like us: seemingly normal teens and 20-somethings wanting to make something out of their lives.

I'm 23 years old. If I'm ever going to do something outside of my comfort zone and take some risks, now (while I have no family to support and few responsibilities outside of work and paying rent) is the time to do it. So... my roommates and I decided to audition for season 2 of The Glee Project! Finally putting my mediocre singing skills to the test...

Me, Jen, and Yael waiting on line outside the
Glee Project Casting Call
We arrived at the auditions in Times Square, NYC a little before 7a.m... we wanted to get there earlier, but there was no way we were going to wait on line for hours without getting some Starbucks in our systems. Being there at 7a.m. left us plenty of time to fill out our 14-page (yes, 14 pages!) application, which included questions like "What anthem best describes your life?," "What is your biggest obstacle as a performer?," "Why do you think you have what it takes to compete for a role on Glee?," and "If you were on Glee, what would your character be like and what is his/her back story?" I decided that my character would be obsessed with everything technology: She would have TONS of Twitter followers, tweet during class, have her own blog, and basically live her entire life on the social web. HOWEVER, she uses social media as a defense mechanism, as she is insecure, self-conscious, and uncomfortable with real human interaction. BAM.

I was on page 6 when it happened. Staff from the Oxygen Network came by and told us to move closer to the wall. Why, you ask? "Oh, Damian's coming. NBD."

Damian getting out of the car!
...WHAT?! As I waited for Damian to walk down the line and do that cheesy thing where he gives everyone a high-five, a car pulled up right in front of us. My reaction: "SHUT. UP." Damian stepped out of the car and said "Hey, guys!" It literally could not have been more perfect. My roommates and I instantly turned into 12 year-old girls, told him how much we love him and that we watch his videos almost every night, and within 5 minutes, we found ourselves singing "Puppy Love" to a very embarrassed Damian McGinty. We clearly have no shame. He then told us about Glee and how he's been busy filming sectionals. He asked about our auditions, what we'd be singing, and where we're from. Before he walked away, he wished us luck, told us to be ourselves (and mentioned that SOMEONE on the show last season was trying to be what Ryan Murphy wanted him/her to be... hmmm, wonder who it could be...) and assured us that he's "not just saying that," he "really means it." When we asked if pictures were allowed, he pointed to the cameras that were on us and said we couldn't right now, but that he would come back to us.

AND HE DID. What a gentleman. We got our pictures and autographs and at the very end of the conversation, my friend mentioned that I wrote a blog post about him. He questioned me and asked what it was about, so I finally had to confess that my post was called Why I Have a Cougar-Crush on Damian McGinty. He laughed at me a little bit, but I got hug out of it so it's all good. He joked that I would probably blog about the auditions and tell everyone about how much of a jerk he is. Quite the contrary, Damian! He is just as, if not more adorable, sincere, and kindhearted as he is on TV. What a 'lil cutie.

Me, Damian, Jen, Yael, and Genna.
We're all best friends now... can't you tell?!

After our little meet-and-greet, it was time for auditions. We were finally allowed inside the building and after walking up 5 flights of stairs with our bags, instruments, etc., we were brought into a holding room where we were finally able to catch our breath.  After just a few minutes, we were told to line up by the numbers on our registration stickers. From there, we went into the audition room 5 people at a time and performed our songs (we had 8 to choose from) for a small panel of judges. Since we had to go into the audition room in numerical order, I got separated from my roommates, meaning I had to perform in front of a room full of strangers. YIKES. Top top it all off, I had to go FIRST. Shaking, I performed "Out Here on My Own" for about 20 seconds before the judges moved on to the next contender. In the end, only one person in my audition room moved on to the next round. The judges said they were looking for something "very specific."

While my roommates were auditioning, I had the opportunity to talk to some of the other contenders. Although most did not make it to the next round, many were still in good spirits, since there was still a chance that they would be discovered from their online audition video. Unfortunately, my roommates didn't end up making it past the first round either.

Overall, this was one of the best days EVER. Aside from not making it to round 2 (which, let's be honest, was a loooooooooooooong shot), I could not have wished for a better experience... and hey, I can finally cross "Audition for a Reality Show" off of my bucket list!

Have you ever auditioned for a reality show? Do you know someone who did? What was the experience like?


  1. So so cool! Way to inspire people to put themselves out there.


  2. DAMIEN MGINTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. DAMIAN MCGINTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Yes I have auditioned for a reality show!!!!!

  5. Cara, you auditioned for a reality show?! Which one?