Despite the fact that I've had the flu for over a week and I threw out my back again, life is great! lol I decided about 3 weeks ago that I was going to audition for Biggest Loser season 10. I had been told I should on several occasions, but never before recently had I actually considered doing it. I asked my best friend Samantha if she wanted to audition with me as a team, and she jumped at the chance!
So I decided I wanted to search the fabulous web for ideas and any tips for the audition video required, and came across several message boards and youtube videos. One of the message boards had been created by a previous contestant on the show, and had mentioned that one of the Casting Directors was also casting for a new ABC Weight Loss Reality Show, created by the same minds behind Biggest Loser, that's going to bring the personal trainer and other gurus to you...in your home...over the course of a year and document EXTREME weight loss success. They were looking for the "America's Sweetheart" type...someone America would want to get behind and root for. I thought, "Shoot...that's ME!" LOL So I went to the website, www.3ballproductions.com and looked at the show's casting info. The audition deadline had already passed several weeks prior! I emailed them anyhow, just in CASE they were still looking for someone. I included my information, weight, height etc, and a bit of my story, along with a few pictures.To my surprise they emailed me back 2 days later, saying that even thought the deadline had passed, they'd like to see an audition video from me, and urged me to do it within a few days and rush it to them. WHAT?! REALLY?!!?!? WOW! Ok! Uh....how do I do this? Should I be funny? Witty? A total dork? Serious and emotional? Hmmm...how bout I just relax and let ME come out however it will. That's a good idea. So with the help of my hunny, Dave, I created a 28 minute audition tape that included my daily struggles, along with my hopes, dreams and desires, and WHY I want and NEED to lose weight.
It was actually really difficult to say my NUMBER out loud. Only a few people know my number. I had to really GET REAL with the team of people who were about to view this, but more importantly, I had to get real with myself. I had to watch the footage of me from views I don't usually get to see. Walking behind me. Walking upstairs. Sitting down from the side. It was all very real and raw. And so were my emotions about it. But it was a GREAT EXPERIENCE! I was really pleased with the way the video turned out. I stayed up until 5am editing, and emailed it through yousendit.com to the casting director. The NEXT DAY I got a call from them asking me to fill out an application and release form. In fact, they called me SEVERAL times that day for whatever reason, and I was SO EXCITED!
I was told that if they needed me I would get a call from them by the next Friday. I didn't get a call. I wasn't terribly disappointed. I just felt that deflation of the energy bubble that auditioning for a television show had created. Back to reality.
Several days later they told me that when I emailed them, they had already chosen their 6 people, but there was a chance that one of them was about to drop out, and if they did, that they would like me to come down to L.A. I had some serious praying to do. I wanted this so badly, but more importantly I wanted whatever God's will was for me. If I was meant to be on the show, I knew that changing circumstances would make it so. But I didn't want to get my hopes up because if that person who was about to drop out needed it MORE THAN ME, then I prayed for them to know what to do.
Welllllll......NOT SO FAST. :) I emailed the casting director I had been working with and thanked her for the opportunity, for being so helpful and encouraging, and for being so available. The next day she responded by saying that she thought I was great and have a "fabulous look." She reminded me that the Biggest Loser auditions were under way and that casting is just around the corner and said, "I DEFINITELY hope to talk to you again soon."
Ok...without jumping in there and reading too much into her words, I have a SLIGHT FEELING that if I audition for Biggest Loser, I JUST MIGHT have a small advantage. They've already seen me and liked me...enough that I was their back up in case one of their cast members dropped out. They might see my BL audition and say, "OH There's Melanie!" Again...I don't want to get my hopes up...but these are exciting times.
Either way...whether or not I'm on the show...I TRIED! And I learned so much about myself because of it...and I had a great experience. :) What is life if you don't try for the things you want?
So as SOON as I'm over this cold/flu I'm making my video. :)
Thanks for stopping by! xoxo Melanie