When I arrived - it's a LONG story, haha - at the music studio where the auditions were being held, it became all too real that maybe, just maybe, this was really FOR REAL! They called a group of us into a very large room where the stage was set-up and I was one of the last ones, with my guitar in hand, that walked in. They were out of seats after the group had piled into the room, so I sat over on a couch off to the side and listened to each singer do their thing. It was awesome to witness! When I got called, my mouth was dry and my palms were sweaty from nerves, but I played so hard I broke a string on my Guild and sang so hard that I got an appointment for the next day to come and sing for the production staff again! Yeehaw! What?!?! I was in excited disbelief.
When I arrived at the same Miami studio for the second appointment, I saw it was a smaller, but more intense crowd. It seemed like some pretty important folks I was about to sing for... I did some Akon/Mary J. Blidge for them and put my own spin on it. Also, a little Gnarls Barkley and Eric Clapton. They responded to my performance and said I was in and to soon expect confirmation of the upcoming details! We (my girl, Daron; my best friend, Haney; my LouLou and I) waited patiently for the much anticipated e-mail to support this excitement! I remained in a state of elation and disbelief from that day forward. It would be weeks before I heard from production - I received a telephone call to further remind me that they were still interested in me! The e-mails soon after began to trickle in. The anticipation and inkling of fear for the unknown enlivened me. I embraced myself for a sort-of transition, adapting to a different state of mind. Daring to dream, if you will: I was on a mission to change my stars. All I knew for certain was that this was going to be a wildly mind-opening experience that I couldn't deny, nor could I wait to begin, despite all hesitant fears! Who wanted want to go to LA?!?