Happy new year everyone! And Happy Birthday mama! (Jan 2nd 2011)
I thought I'd blog about my Alpha Entertainment Audition experience since I have the time.
I came back from Boston early just to catch the Alpha Entertainment audition, which I thought was on the 21st-22nd December 2011. It turned out the audition was pushed back to a later date - 27th-28th December 2011! I was a little pissed, but it was my own fault for not checking it up earlier. I could've completed my finals on a regular schedule instead of rushing to complete everything early and even taking an Incomplete for one of my courses. This push-back was a blessing in disguise though, because I fell sick the moment I left Boston all the way till around Christmas time. By the time the audition date came around, I was almost back to my usual self.
27th Dec was the audition for people who had attended the Miss A showcase a few months earlier - something I didn't attend because I was back in Boston (probably rushing out some project). It started at 10am at Pearl's Hill Terrace.
28th Dec was the audition for Alpha members. It started at 8.30am at MDIS Queenstown auditorium. I had signed up a few months before hand for a one year membership that costs $20 (a very good way to earn some quick cash I must say!) You have to be a member in order to audition. My guess is that over 900 people came for the audition on the 27th, because our tag numbers started from about 950/960+ onwards. I think there must have been around 300+ people on this day, maybe more. A friend of mine that auditioned had a tag number of 124X, so my guess is that roughly 300+ people turned up on the 28th.
We were let into the auditorium a little after 8.30am. Majority of the auditionees came at this time, but there were people constantly trickling into the hall as the day went by. I even saw a celebrity-model-blogger (Celestina) whose blog I follow on a regular basis. Wanted to say hi but chickened out! =P
Anyway we were seated down in the auditorium and divided into two huge groups - those who had registered for the audition and those who hadn't. Then we were told to get our tag numbers row-by-row, starting with those who had registered. After that we were further divided into groups of 10 which entered the VIP Holding Room in the auditorium (it's essentially the audition room). While one group of 10 performed for the judges, another group of 10 would be sitting down and waiting for their turn, and another group of 10 would be outside waiting to go in. I was in the third or fourth group of ten, and the first among my group to perform.
I felt the nerves hit when I was waiting outside to enter the room. It didn't get any better when we entered the room. And when I was asked to sing, I blew it. This definitely wasn't my best performance, and I had expected a lot more from myself, but due to nerves I didn't sing as well as I usually do. My legs felt shaky and my voice wasn't stable.
The audition panel consisted of three people - two males and a female. According to the Alpha Entertainment facebook, they're all formerly from SM:
1) Manager of TVXQ, SNSD, Kangta
2) Casting Director - most of the artistes from SM
3) Head of Training - scouted Zhou Min and Victoria. Trained SNSD, SJ, SJ M, F(X), 3 members from SHINee
The lady (I believe she was the Head of Training) was behind the video camera and she communicated to use in Mandarin. She addressed us by our numbers and told us when to sing/dance.
After we sang/dance/did our thing, we left. That was it!
I'm pretty sure I screwed this one up. Hopefully I'll do better in the JYP Alpha audition on 14th-15th January 2012 (that's less than two weeks away! Wow!)
I wish we had a chance to essentially "sell" ourselves to them - why they should sign us, what are our talents/hobbies/etc - something that would define us from the rest. Putting a bunch of terrified kids/teens/young adults in a room isn't going to yield fantastic results.
Given the chance, I'd tell them about my passion for music, about how I write and produce my own songs, how I love piano, singing and playing guitar, and that I'm willing to drop everything (including dropping out of music college) for a chance to train and work at my passion and dream.
Hope this blog entry helped some of you K-pop stars wanna-bes!
Note to self: I should blog about the SBS Kpop star audition since I'm at it.