Seventh post? Really? Really!
In the beginning, back in February, I entered this audition because I knew if I didn't I would never forgive myself. Yes, I expected to be cut within the first couple of steps. I never imagined I would still be writing about the Great Swedish Adventure! This is what I call AWESOME!
After my phone interview I have to admit I felt pretty darn good. I actually felt for the first time that I just may make it to the next step. I had the confidence. Of course, I had no idea when or if I would hear anything. I found myself actually getting nervous and a bit anxious. This was so exciting! I had come so far! I had come further than I ever imagined. Wow. What if it was over now? Never mind, I had confidence, I wasn't going to think about not making the next round! It was Monday and I was going to be confident! I AM CONFIDENT!
I stopped worrying about it and went about my normal routine. Every now and again a thought would pass through my brain...with a bit of wonder, and I would just as quickly toss it out of my mind! Wednesday came and I found that morning I was still telling myself I was not going to let this take over my thoughts. From that point on I think I truly forgot all about it, but it did help that I had a rather busy day.
Late that afternoon I headed to the yoga studio to work my evening shift. After approximately 45 minutes, I grabbed my phone. I was expecting a call from a friend and when I was at the studio, I always muted my phone, I didn't want to disturb anyone, especially when they were in savasana or "corpse pose."
I checked my email also and saw that I had one from the casting director of the Great Swedish Adventure. This was not a good sign...I was expecting a phone call from them. I took a deep breath and clicked open the email. This is what it said ~
Congrats you have made it to our final callback!
We would like to invite you to LA either 7-8-9 of April. You let me know what day is best for you, and second best for you. We fly you in morning and out at night unless you chose to stay longer we can arrange your ticket accordingly to that. A lot of people have family and friends in our final callbacks cities and have asked to stay. No problems for us, we just dont pay for hotels.
Sometimes there is a lot of choices in flight times and our schedule is open. So I wanted to see if early morning is good for you.
I also need the full name on you government ID card for the ticket, date of birth and a phone number.
We look forward to seeing you!"
I wanted to yell and scream and get so dang excited, but I couldn't, there were two yoga sessions going on. So, I went outside and called my daughter and husband. I wanted to scream when I was telling them, but still I couldn't. At least outside I was able to speak much louder and be genuinely excited! Of course they were excited and thrilled for me!
Until this point, there weren't to many people that knew what I had been doing. After the last phone interview I was starting to get a bit excited and opened up to a few friends. But now? I was on the phone and emailing all of my family and friends. If I hadn't told someone, you bet they knew by the next time they saw me!
I made it to the final cut! Of over one thousand (I soon learned there were over a thousand) people, I made it to the top 40! Reminds me of making "Family Tree's Top 40 Blogs" for 2010. AGAIN, I was in the top 40! Can you just imagine how I was feeling? Indescribable!
My sisters, father and most of my friends were among those who didn't have a clue as to what I had been doing. Not any longer, now EVERYONE (or close to it) knows the full story, step by step, cut by cut. I am so proud of myself! I never planned on making it to the TV show, let alone getting this far. I know I have said it before, but I am truly stunned! This is it now, it is do or die time!
At this point, there are a few things I would like to add.
First ~ I want to thank everyone who has wished me well and had confidence in me! You all rock! Most of the time you had more confidence than I did. You have made me laugh and smile. Mostly you have given me tremendous support with your comments and emails. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Second ~ A few people that have been or have had loved ones applying for the TV show, have made contact asking me more about "where things are at" for me regarding this process and where I am located in the country.
I would like to answer these questions. I am located on the west coast, just east of the San Francisco Bay Area. So, I am so sorry to tell you, I have known I made the final cut for a couple of weeks. I know there was a date thrown out there that you would know by a certain day in April, and I am wondering if there are spots they have kept open in case they aren't happy with 10 people out of the 40. In other words, maybe they aren't ready to fully let you go yet.
If that isn't the case, I do feel the company should have had someone call applicants to at least let them know they didn't make it, instead of keeping people hanging! I know I would want that, and feel I deserve that. But then I have no idea how this industry really works, maybe that is common, they call you back if you make it, not if you don't. If then, you didn't make the cut, I am sorry. I know it would be very disappointing. Remember, I very well could be with you after this next interview!
Third ~ There are two places in the country where the last interviews will be held. There will be interviews in New York City, which actually started today! The remaining interviews will be held in LA at the end of this week, which is where I will be heading for mine.
Fourth ~ Ten people will be chosen out of the 40. I have a 1 in 4 chance of making it all the way. After the interviews, I have been informed that we should know if we made it to the show by April 21.
So what do you think? Are my odds good? Have I come this far to be turned away at the end? Do you have any thoughts to share that may help me with this interview? Do you think I am nervous? How do you think I will handle this if I don't make the final cut? Do you think I spread all of these happenings over to many posts, even if it was actually longer between these happenings for me, then the length of time you had to wait? Do you think this post is already to long? OH, HECK, I DO! Nighty night, I need some big time beauty rest!
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