The call that never came

18 Oct

My mobile phone rang.  I could feel the excitement rising within me.  Nervousness bubbled in my stomach.  The number on the screen was one I didn’t know.  With a shaky voice I answered.

“Hello, this is Sheri.” I don’t usually answer like that, but if it was the call I was waiting for, I wanted to make a good impression.  I didn’t want them on the other end, thinking hmmm…is this Sheri?  Should I ask for Sheri?  What kind of weirdo answers with just Hello and nothing else?

Gosh darn it, it was just the car place.  Humph.  Sigh.  Once again, it wasn’t the Amazing Race Australia calling me for a semi-finalist interview.  I’ve been waiting since the 17th of September, when applications closed.  Actually I’ve been waiting since the 6th of September, the original deadline, which my team mates (yeah, I applied with 2 different people) and I excitedly got our audition tape and application in by.

I can’t help myself, I’ve also been looking at all the auditions that people posted on YouTube.  On a daily basis.  We wanted to get a place on the show so so so so bad.

I’ve always wanted to be on the show, ever since the first season.  I even looked up eligibility, application deadlines, and race rules.  But I didn’t live in the U.S., so even though I am a U.S. citizen, I wasn’t eligible.  Then the amazing happened: The Amazing Race was coming to Australia.  I was so excited I couldn’t sleep.

I made a list of things I’d pack because yeah,  I am that nerdy.  I looked up every single season of the Amazing Race on Wikipedia and read every single word about every single season.  The Jess and I talked strategy.  We watched other peoples audition tapes on YouTube together.  I checked the channel 7 message boards on a regular basis, wondering (like many others) if anyone had yet been contacted.  Not that anyone would admit to it, that is not allowed.

Finally, I’ve given in.  Considering filming is to take place by December (according to the application), we’re not going to be contacted 😦 .  Maybe I’m biased, but I thought both audition videos were quite good.  We’re not models, actors, beauty queens, or f grade celebrities though, so I suppose we probably never had a chance.  For your viewing pleasure, here is one of my audition tapes (The Jess doesn’t want ours to be on the internet, so I’m not including it).  A lot of the footage was not actually meant to be used in the tape, as it was our random banter between takes, but it showed us as us, so I put it in.  Let me know what you think.  Good or bad, feedback is wanted.  Gotta make improvements for next time!

P.S. yes, I really do run like that.  Laugh it up, laugh it up.

4 Responses to “The call that never came”

  1. jbeath October 18, 2010 at 9:50 am #

    You’d make a great racer.

    And yes, she does run like that.

    Great video, too funny!


  2. Tony October 24, 2010 at 5:16 am #

    I want you to get accepted so when the show comes on TV I can say to my wife, “Hey see that famous great racer, I’ve visited her blog”

    • photosheri October 24, 2010 at 7:25 am #

      haha. Sadly I wasn’t accepted 😦 Maybe next time


  1. Everything happens (or doesn’t happen) for a reason « Things and Stuff - January 16, 2011

    […] The Jess and I, and my exchange sister Lauren and I, applied to be on the Amazing Race Australia (here is one of my audition videos in case you’re interested).  Sigh, we didn’t get on.  I wanted to get on SO SO SO […]

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