Today I went to the Maldron Hotel Dublin Airport to audition for a girlband. No, I don’t think it particularly suits me either and not because I’m 24 you cheeky lot! :-) There is plenty of successful ladies and gents in girlbands and boybands who are slightly older than the 90s’ prototype for such bands. Though we are woman or man bands or the vetern part shall we say? No, the reason I don’t think I’m suited is that I’m unconventional. I dress like a hippy and rock chick. My make-up and hair are in the hippy and rock vein. I like singing edgy. I like old music. It doesn’t really fit. But when you are trying to make a career in music, one can’t be picky. Like been unemployed with jobs. Yes I know that too! :-) So me and the sista Shar went along to audition. Was a bit late. They texted me on the bus to let them know when I had arrived which I did and apologised for been late. So I got a text back that they would contact me shortly for my audition. I went and had a ciggie with Shar on the baloney before we sat in the bar area waiting. I soon got the text and went down to the Fitzmaurice Suite 2 where there was three people. 2 lads and a girl. The lad in the middle came across as a nice lad. I told them my age and date of birth. Then I sang Mama Cass’ Dream A Little Dream of Me. One of my favourite songs. It makes me think of love and the intoxicating way in which that feeling can make you feel. Yes, I do think of someone in particular. That’s all I’ saying on that. Although to be honest I didn’t think of him once while I was singing it at the audition ‘cos I was too bleedin’ nervous to think much! So that was that. We were told to prepare Skyscraper by Sam Bailey and Ego by The Saturdays but I didn’t get to sing them. I waited outside for the text message to tell me whether I was through or not. (Knowing I wasn’t). And after about ten minutes or so the text came through to say that I hadn’t been selected.
The one thing I will say is that my nerves are getting less. They are still there but they are defo less there. When I was in secondary school I used to be in school shows constantly but then after 19 when I had did The All-Ireland Talent Show audition down in Kilkenny I wasn’t involved in singing to people in an audition or live setting for 5 years so yeah The X Factor one after that length of time was really scary! Basically it is taking me time to get back to that feeling of been nervous but not been overcome and using it to my advantage as opposed to my disadvantage but it’s improving and that for me feels like a really good sign.
But let tell you about my clothes and look darlings! I find this a really fun part of getting ready for auditions. I don’t like been conventional. It feels not me so of course I had green liquid eyeliner above and below my eyes, purple eye shadow, black mascara, pink lippy and natural looking foundation in terms of make-up. My hair was brushed down straight with my hippy-style headband (Which I was given by the lovely people at Lucy’s Lounge in Temple Bar when I did work experience with them as part of my fashion course.), my colourful hippy-style top (check current facebook profile pic to see it),my black leggings, black boots and military blue jacket with a black bangle and maroony-purple nail varnish. My mum was sad when we got home I didn’t get through because “You look so bleedin’ well.” Aw! I put on my make-up, headband and boots between the train station and the bus!
Before we went home we went in to ask about getting a permit from the fit and nice guard in Store Street for me to busk. He told me I’d have to get in touch with Dublin City Council so that’s next on my list!