November 2011

My POSA audition

Sharin Apostolou, former Portland Opera Studio Artist (POSA),  writes about her POSA audition:

I’ll never forget my auditions for POSA program. It was a little over 5 years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday.  It was April and I was thiiiis close to getting my master’s degree. I (unlike a few of my luckier classmates) had not succeeded in getting a job for the next year. I saw the listing for the POSA audition and was determined. Portland? Singing? Yes! THIS GIG WILL BE MINE.

The day of the audition, I spent extra time curling my hair and making sure my makeup was fabulous. My green silk audition dress was perfect from the dry cleaners. Extra pairs of stockings? Check. Ridiculous number of résumés and headshots? Check. Throat coat tea in a thermos? Check! Anything else I could possibly need in packed into massive bag? Check! I was ready. Looked outside- bright sunshine. Who needs an umbrella? I got off of the 1 train at 116th Street and nearly screamed when I resurfaced. SNOW. In April. Big, fat, wet, horrible, hair-flattening, silk dress ruining SNOW. Riverside church was a mere 4 blocks away, but still. There was no way around it. I was going to look awful. EPIC FAIL. I covered as much of my dress as my little trench coat could and ran like a tiger was chasing me.