Well, it's not exactly spicy, but it is a bit odd to go to a job interview and wait around with 10 other people applying for the same job, and you know there are at least 40 other people interviewing that day.

That's what we call an audition. It's a job interview. But you don't go in and sit down and speak with one or two other people and get asked back for a second interview including somebody from HR. You hand in a resume and a headshot (not really required in other industries), introduce yourself formally, perform a difficult piece of music with a pianist that you've probably never worked with before and had 30 seconds to speak with beforehand, and then you leave. Weeks or maybe months later you (might) get a call or a letter.

It's so weird.

In high school we had practice interviews during a job skills class I took. I was told that my enthusiasm was great, but that I gestured too much and it was a bit distracting. In auditions it's something auditioners want to see because they want to see how you are on stage.

There are some pretty easy guidelines to follow for job interviews, like which jobs would require a suit or dressy attire and which ones that would require, say a polo and slacks. At auditions, sometimes you have the option of formal attire (yes, indeed), most are simply dressy, and I even once saw a woman in Germany coming out of an audition wearing jeans and a sweater. (NOT OK in my book!) But still--that's kind of weird that there are so many people who have so many different ideas on what's appropriate for an audition and well, most guys have it easy:  they put on a suit & tie. Some men...don't. But we won't go there. Women have it harder:  skirt and top, dress, or pants outfit? Color? How dressy? Hair up or down? I even read an article once about the pros and cons of (women) wearing open-toed vs. closed-toed shoes at auditions. (*Gag*)

Last year I decided I was done with the back and forth of audition-wear and I decided on certain outfits. It's either a great dress from one of my favorite stores, a great slacks outfit for trouser role auditions (if I ever have one), or a specific formal outfit. Other than that, tough luck. But that's kind of weird, too, now that I think about it, because I change up the jewelry and the featured color, depending on what I'm singing. Huh.

OK, well, actually I can think of something weirder than an audition:  after high school I worked at an ice cream cafe and I needed a second job to bring in the money before college. So I applied at a Famous Chain Restaurant. The FCR itself was still being built and they were interviewing servers in advance so they could open as soon as the building was done. I met the manager and filled out an application in a construction trailer, except it seemed like it was only being used for job applications. It was like half of an office with a toilet in the back. The manager and I could hardly sit to speak with one another without our knees hitting. He gave me a FCR bowling shirt and told me when to show up for training. Then he asked me not to go to college at the end of the summer, but to stay and work at the restaurant.

Yeah, that was really weird.

Never mind, I'll take the professional audition over that any day.