Picking up from yesterday –
I went upstairs and supposedly went to bed (stayed awake just lying in bed for another half an hour to an hour until I finally fell asleep).
I woke up around 10:30, put on my make-up, dress, and all that jazz. We checked out and walked on down to BMI. I got to this super tall sleek building about an hour early. I went in just to check I was in the right place and I was indeed. I didn’t want to be there too early, though I was told they were moving a little fast, so get there about 15 minutes early. So to kill the tiny bit of time, we went down to a cafe place around the corner and I had pizza for breakfast (obviously the breakfast of champions ;)).
B stayed there as I made my way down to the audition. I checked in with security. The building was quite secure and pretty swanky. They tell you exactly which lane they’ll open for you to go through. They tell you which bank of elevators to go to (each one services a different set of floors). Then you type the flow you want to go to into a keypad before you even get in the elevator, and one comes for you.
When I got to the 30th floor, to my left was some other company and to my right [*angels sing with harps*] there was BMI.
I walked in and checked in with the receptionist .She told me to have a seat. I sat in a very large, comfy tan chair. It faced a big-screen TV with a loop of all these famous people involved in some way with BMI publishing.
(I saw P!ink on the red carpet, but didn’t pay any attention after that ‘cause I got into a conversation with the person beside me).
The girl beside me had applied to BMI three times. This was the second time she’d made it to the audition round. [Spoiler alert: She did not end up in my class.] Soon, she got called in.
The redheaded girl who came out stopped and talked to me before she left.
(Side note: It was interesting to me that I had girls on both sides of me. When I asked the man at the security desk about the ratio, he said the morning had been mainly men… which I sort of expected, since there seem to be more male musical writers… even though females statistically see more musicals. So, I don’t know what that’s about. Anyway…)
So, the redheaded girl been around the program as a member of the librettist track, and she was telling me some of the differences between the programs. She also was telling me about the advanced workshop (that the librettists can sit in on).
I was interested in hearing all about it, though it felt like we barely blinked before the brunette girl came back out, and Rick (who ran the audition) called, “Aurora.”
And this is where we’ll pick up tomorrow.