CategoryAustralia’s Got Talent

Australia’s Got Talent – Still Waiting!

Over the couple of weeks I’ve been asked the question…

“Hey Corey, how did you go in the Australia’s Got Talent auditions? Have you heard anything back as yet?”

Well, December 16th came and went with no contact from Australia’s Got Talent which meant that I didn’t get into the next round of auditions.

Case closed? No.

After reading some confusing post on the AGT forums which prompted an email sent to Fremantle Media (the creators of AGT) I got this canned response back

“Hi there,

Thanks for your interest in Australia’s Got Talent Series 6!

Already auditioned and wondering what happens now? 

We were hoping to notify all successful acts by Friday, 16 December, 2011.

Unfortunately, due to the huge turnout at our open auditions, we are still
going to be contacting successful acts well into the new year – and can
ONLY contact you if you are being invited through to the ‘Heats’, which
will be occurring across 4 cities in February & March.

More information on how to get tickets to be part of the theatre audience
at the ‘Heats’ will come shortly, so please watch the website and our
Facebook page.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Thanks,
The Australia’s Got Talent Team”

Even though the email doesn’t state when they’ll stop the calls for the next round, I’m assuming that if I don’t hear from them by the end of January 2012 then I won’t hear from them at all.

I’m still waiting.

Don’t worry, if I hear anything I’ll make sure I let you all know. Thank you all of your encouraging words and good vibes.

Peace,

Corey :)

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Australia’s Got Talent – D-Day: December 16th, 2011

In a previous set of blog posts I outlined my experience auditioning for the 6th season of Australia’s Got Talent. That was on October 8th with the decision on whether I go into the next round of auditions taking place on December 16th.

That’s 3 days away and I’m starting to feel a little nervous.

I said to myself at the very beginning of the whole process that I would try to keep a realistic perspective on everything and not let the amazing possibilities go to my head and get out of control.

I’ve managed to keep the perspective but I must say, I’m starting to count down the days.

In this situation, no news is bad news, as only successful applicants will be notified. This got me thinking about what would happen if I wasn’t one of those who were notified.

As much as I’d like to say that I’d be philosophical about it and just continue on my day to day business I have a feeling that this won’t be the case but I will try to keep a patient and level head throughout.

One thing I know for sure is that Friday is going to be one of the longest days I’ll experience in a while.

As always, I’ll keep you posted and if I do get to the next round you’ll be one of the first people to know.

Peace,

Corey :)

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Australia’s Got Talent Auditions – The Aftermath

I came, I saw, I played and now I wait…

This pretty much summed up my Australia’s Got Talent audition experience in a nutshell but I did enjoy myself nevertheless.

It started off with Mara (my lovely partner who came along as moral support) and I arriving at the Adelaide Showgrounds at around 9:45am and going to the end of a queue which stretched to about 50-60 metres long.

The waiting game had begun…

The Queue

Another Angle

While we were waiting in line Mara and I got chatting to some people behind us, a couple of young hopefuls from Naracoorte in the South East (about 4 hours drive from Adelaide).

One of the young hopefuls recieved some unwanted attention from a very intoxicated and drug induced tranny being asked to sing on cue for his entertainment (while fully admitting that his involvement in the audition was purely as a “joke”)

This went on for about 10 minutes (funny after the first two) until the mother of the young hopeful concerned politely tore strips off him.

It was fantastic to watch.

Two hours later we finally get inside and proceed to the first registration desk where I gave my name and received a release form to fill in and was directed to another part of the building where the formal registration takes place.

There was another long line in front of us…

About an hour later I finally got to the second registration table and handed in my AGT questionaire (that I downloaded off their website a few days prior to the audition) plus the release form which I had just finished reading and signing.

I was then given my number – s2166

#s2166

Mara and I then made ourselves at home in the call-up area and waited for my time to audition.

My number was eventually called up and while I was whisked away to another room I met up with a couple of people that I knew from the Open Mic Network who were giving the auditions a go as well.

While in this room I had a brief chat with one of the AGT audtioners (no Brian, Kyle or Danni were to be seen, that comes later in the next phase of the competition) and then I started to play “Message In A Bottle”.

About half way through I was told to stop and was asked if I can play one of my songs.

Cool.

I got halfway through “We Cant Be Together Anymore” when I was told that the audition was over and that I’ll be notified by December 16th ONLY if I get into the next round.

That was it, time to go home. The time was 1:30pm

We walked outside after saying our goodbyes to all of the people we met and to our surprise the line had disappeared, the space was empty.

The security guard by the door told us that there had been no line for about 30 minutes. Where were all the people?

Anyways, I had a great time and even though I spent a lot of my time waiting I would do it all over again.

I want to thank everybody that personally or via Facebook, text and email, encouraged me, said kind words and above all, instilled me with the confidence that I could do it and that if successful in getting into the next round, will be right behind me every step of the way.

Now, I wait for December 16th but watch this space, you’ll be the first to know what happens next.

Peace,

Corey :)

Australia’s Got Talent Auditions – Why Bother?

Why not?

This coming Saturday October 8th, the Australia’s Got Talent juggernaut comes to the Adelaide Showgrounds again to hold auditions and this time I’m going to be one of the many who are going to sign up, wait my turn and (eventually) have a go at getting onto the show.

I’ve already created an “Australia’s Got Talent – Open Invitation” page on Facebook as a means of drumming up support for the cause as well as to invite a few more people that I know to also have a go as I think they will benefit just as much from the experience as I will.

The comments and feedback I’ve been receiving on the page have been very encouraging but I’ve also had a few people ask me why I’m even bothering to participate.

It’s a fair enough question to ask and one which I’m sure I’ll be asked in the auditioning process so, I thought I’d take this opportunity to answer the question…

“Why bother?”

Well, this whole caper started about three weeks ago when I received an email from Fremantle Media inviting me to audition.

This completely threw me at first, to the point where I actually thought someone was playing a joke on me. I did however, make the necessary enquiries and realised that the email was legitimate but even so, the email planted a seed in my mind.

It also mentioned that because I started the Open Mic Network, the invitation to audition was also extended to all of its members as well (hence the Facebook page).

My thinking was that if someone took the time out to find information about me online, and from that, decide that I’m a suitable candidate for Australia’s Got Talent and contact me, then maybe the best way for me to acknowledge that effort is to turn up and audition.

I’m looking at this as an opportunity to experience something completely different in my life and to do something that’s way outside my comfort zone.

(The last time I formally auditioned for anything was for the position of Bass Player for the Heather Frahn Band 12 years ago)

The amount of networking that will take place on the day is going to be unbelievable. I’ll be meeting other artists/musicians, performers of other fields and industry people from music and television.

There’s going to be an extremely diverse range of people at the auditions and I’m looking forward to meeting as many of them as I can.

I’m also thinking that because Australia’s Got Talent actively encourages singer/songwriters like me to showcase their songs to a national audience, that would be something that I could leverage to my advantage seeing that I’ve almost finished recording and releasing my own CD.

It was this fact that appealed to my songwriting sensibilities in a way that other programs like Australian Idol and X Factor didn’t.

Also, the opportunity to be given mentoring and feedback on my performances is going to be invaluable for my personal and professional development as a songwriter and performer plus, the possibility of being immersed in a totally musical environment for a while is going to inspire me no end.

But lastly, I suppose the simple answer to the question is “why not?” I know I’m going to regret it if I don’t do it.

Maybe I am a glutton for punishment, maybe this experience would look good on the resume and I know that the money would come in handy (I mean $250K is some serious money) but I don’t want to get ahead of myself here.

This Saturday could be the day that doors are opened up for me that I’ve not had the opportunity to walk through before or, it could be the day that nothing happens, in which case I go back to what I was doing before. Living a full time creative life.

No matter what happens… I win!

Wish me (and anyone else that attends) luck, I’ll keep you posted as to what happens.

Peace,

Corey :)

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