‘Audition face’ isn’t a syndrome, it’s a skill

first_imgBut just try sitting in that chair behind the folding table that holds strategically-placed Coca-Cola glasses and smiling sweetly as yet another rock song is massacred. You might last through the first 10, but then they might have to pry your fingers from the plastic soda cup. Your teeth will hurt from the rough intake of air as your forced smile offers “encouragement” when you really wanted to say “keep your day job” before you run screaming from the room. Have you noticed that guest judges only last one show during the trials? That’s because their union protects them from cruel and unusual punishment. I’ve done my share of auditioning, mostly for community theater parts that involved singing. I’ve always wondered how directors or talent coordinators worked on their “audition faces.” Then I tried being a director myself, which involved auditioning several children and adults. Being a musical, there was singing. Oh, the humanity. You start out optimistically. “Oh, I’m so glad he/she/they are auditioning, they were so good in (fill-in-the-blank show).” You take a deep breath, hold up the rating sheet and look them right in the eyes and smile. The first few might go all right. But then the singer whose parents are excitedly waiting in the next room (after having sent several e-mails about how talented their prodigy is and how excited/prepared/nervous they were) steps up to the audition spot and opens their mouth. Halfway through their toneless version of “All That Jazz,” your brain is desperately scrambling for the diplomatic words to say. And you know whatever it is, it’s not going to be the right thing. Then someone who did a show with you a few years ago comes in. Have they spent their time away taking lessons? You begin to quietly pray, but your prayers soon prove unanswered. You weigh the alternative – cast these people in the show and have the rest of the talent mutiny two days into tech week. That’s not good. You rest your chin casually on your hand. It’s really there to make sure your jaw doesn’t hit the audition table. You consciously try not to squint as they meander through several keys. “Pick one, any one,” you plead silently. And you really, really try to smile sincerely. I’ve auditioned before directors that I’d had a beer with less than 24 hours before. It’s like suddenly your best friend becomes your boss and you’ve got four write-ups in your personnel file. It’s do or die. Did I pick the right song? Do they like interaction? Should I put in that move I thought up in the car on the way over? What the heck was I thinking? I guess the best thing for directors to do is avoid eye contact. That’s why there’s mirrors in the audition hall, so they can watch only if they want to. As to listening, 16 bars is long enough to know if the singer will either harm the audience or make your show. In the end, there’s always a decompression session – highly recommended to be taken in the tavern down the street – where the best and worst are reviewed just one more time. It’s a good idea for both the auditioning and the auditioners, but not at the same bar. But given the choice of being the picked or the picker, give me a CD and a top hat and I’ll give it all I’ve got. I can sing and I can act, too. Just not as well as those folks behind the table. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I think it’s time to give Simon, Paula and Randy a break. The American Idol judges (yes, I’ve been sucked into the vortex) have been accused of being cruel and harsh when dealing with some of the most talent-free individuals who ever believed they could sing. To any of those critics, I issue this invitation: Be a judge yourself and see if it’s really easy to be kind. Now, I don’t mean yelling out “thank you” from the kitchen when you grab a yogurt as a dreamer from Surprise, Arizona, bumps and grinds their way through a rendition of “I Got My Sexy Back” that would put the ASPCA on alert. It’s easy when they can’t actually hear or see you. last_img read more

Arsenal ‘force’ infamous Arsenal Fan TV to rebrand

first_imgIt is understood the club have now asked Arsenal Fan TV to remove all branding and copyrighted material – including the name ‘Arsenal’ – from future videos.According to The Sun, Arsenal did not send a cease and desist letter but that discussions were held between the club and the channel.While neither party has made an official statement, the Twitter and Youtube accounts of Arsenal Fan TV have changed their names to AFTV.The channel was set up by former radio host Robbie Lyle, and has gained a number of regular voices and contributors over the years, including Claudio ‘Claude’ Callegari, Ty, Mr DT and Troopz.It became increasingly influential as the club’s form began to decline under Wenger, with many of those featured in videos being heavily critical of the manager, and members of what became known as the #WengerOut campaign.This has also seen the channel receive criticism from influential figures in the game –  Gary Neville called it ’embarrassing’, although in February 2017 he agreed to appear on an episode to discuss his comments.The club’s own players have begun to turn on the channel – full back Hector Bellerin questioned the loyalty of the fans who appeared on the channel in a February 2018 talk at the Oxford Union.Bellerin said:  ‘It’s so wrong for someone who claims to be a fan and their success is fed off a failure. How can that be a fan? There’s just people hustling, trying to make money their way, which everyone is entitled to do.’Other fans have been openly critical of the channel – which has resulted in physical confrontations outside stadiums – while Lyle said he was racially abused by Spurs fans during a north London derby in May 2017.The most recent match reaction video – for which AFTV is most famous, where supporters are asked for their immediate response to a result – titled ‘The Unai Emery Revolution Gets Off To A Faltering Start!’, after the 2-0 defeat to Manchester City, gained 134,000 views within 24 hours of being uploaded.-By Daily Mail0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000he channel – which features fan reactions to Arsenal results – has changed name to AFTVLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 14 – Infamous YouTube channel Arsenal Fan TV has been forced into a re-brand, reportedly after discussions with the club.Arsenal Fan TV gained fame for posting videos online of supporters discussing results, club news and talking points, but was also criticised for its negative coverage of the team, particularly regarding former manager Arsene Wenger.last_img read more

Conagra plans to sell seafood, cheese lines

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Focusing on what it calls its “highest potential brands,” ConAgra Foods Inc. said Thursday that it plans to sell its seafood and cheese lines in addition to the planned sale of its refrigerated meats businesses. The company behind brands like Healthy Choice, Hunt’s and Chef Boyardee also cut its dividend by 34 percent and said it would record an unspecified amount of restructuring charges over the rest of the year. ConAgra said the restructuring costs would lower operating earnings until fiscal 2009, when it expects to return to current earnings levels. Its shares tumbled 91 cents, or 4.5 percent, to close at $19.50 on the New York Stock Exchange after sinking to a new 52-week low of $18.85 earlier in the session. The product and brand divestitures are part of a sweeping company effort to streamline its product line and its operations. “It is essential that we increase our investments behind our highest potential brands, simplify our portfolio of businesses and build a high-quality earnings trajectory,” said Gary Rodkin, president and chief executive officer. The divestitures will help the company pare costs “and return quickly to recent earnings levels, but with a significantly stronger foundation for future performance,” he said. The company said it would specify the amount and nature of the restructuring charges in its next earnings release, which is scheduled for March 23. The charges will be recorded during the remainder of fiscal 2006 and in future quarters. Some of the asset sales will result in gains, ConAgra said. The quarterly dividend will be dropped to 18 cents a share, down from the 27.25-cent dividend it has paid since December 2004. The new dividend is payable on June 1 to shareholders of record as of May 1. The seafood businesses contributed an estimated $350 million in sales during the 2005 annual year, said Tania Graves, senior director of public affairs for ConAgra. It produces shrimp and other breaded seafood products under the Singleton and Meridian names. Graves said a Tampa, Fla., operation employing 350 people will be sold. The company already announced the pending sale of its imitation shellfish business, which includes the Louis Kemp brand, to Seattle-based Trident Seafoods Corp. Terms were not released. The sale includes a plant with 250 employees in Motley, Minn. The sale of cheese lines includes two operations. One, in Mayville, Wis., employs 150 people and produces Country Line and Swiss Rose products. Its operation for warehousing, sales and finance is in Moonachie, N.J., and has 55 workers. The cheese lines contributed $200 million in sales for calendar 2005, Graves said. The proposed sale of the seafood and domestic and imported cheese businesses comes after ConAgra said in February it would sell its refrigerated meats business, which includes the Armour, Butterball and Eckrich brands. The seafood, cheese and refrigerated meats up for sale generated total annual revenue of $2.8 billion. Why sell such revenue sources as part of restructuring? “Really what it is, is focusing on businesses that are core to our strategic plan,” Graves said. “These lines of businesses, although profitable … would thrive better with a company … more focused in those areas.” She cited the January sale of Cook’s, a smoked-meat business, to Smithfield Foods Inc., which says it is the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. That sale included plants in Nebraska, Missouri and Kentucky and about 1,540 workers. Graves said all the affected plants would maintain current operations until final deals are signed, their fates then up to the new owners. ConAgra projected fiscal 2007 earnings between $1.10 and $1.15 per share, excluding items, and said it still expects to achieve year-over-year earnings per share growth in the second half of 2006. It did not disclose the expected size of the earnings increase. Analysts’ current 2007 forecast is $1.36 per share, the average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial.last_img read more

CROSS-COUNTRY FIXTURES FOR 2013-2014

first_imgDATES have been released for this season’s cross-country fixtures, starting the first Sunday in October.The full fixture list is below:Cross Country Fixtures 2013-2014 DATE EVENT VENUEOctober 2013Sun 6th Donegal Even Ages & Novice CC Rosses AC Sun 13th Donegal Uneven Ages & Masters CC CastlefinnSun 20th Gerry Farnan CC (Masters Trial) Phoenix ParkSat 26th Ulster Even Ages RostrevorNovember 2013Sun 3rd Donegal Senior Cross Country CarndonaghSat 9th Ulster Uneven Ages & Novice CC TBC Sat 16th British & Irish Masters CC WalesSun 17th AAI Even Ages & Inter Counties CC TBCDecember 2013Sun 8th AAI Uneven Ages & Novice CC TBC January 2014Sat 4th UAC/ANI Senior Cross Country AntrimSat 4th Celtic Cross CountryChampionships AntrimSat 25th ANI/UAC Intermediate & Masters CC Lurgan ParkFebruary 2014Sun 16th AAI Intermediate & Masters CC TBCSun 16th AAI Juvenile Dev CC TBCMarch 2014Sun 2nd AAI Senior & Junior Cross Country TBCSun 2nd AAI Juv Cross Country Relays TBCCROSS-COUNTRY FIXTURES FOR 2013-2014 was last modified: September 6th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CROSS-COUNTRY FIXTURES FOR 2013-2014donegallast_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE U21’S EXIT THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE QUARTER-FINAL STAGE

first_imgNaomh Colmcille GAA NewsThe U21’s lost out to Convoy in the quarter finals of the Championship at the weekend.The club is now registered for the Lucozade ‘Kit Out’ promotion. Codes are printed on promotional bottles under the plastic wrapper – please note these codes so they can be entered online on behalf of the club to try and collect gear or equipment. Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page. Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Girls U12-16 Gaelic. See Facebook and website for updates during the week.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers are 2, 3, 13, 21, 23. The most correct winners are Brian Whoriskey, Harry Dillon and Stephen Friel who win €25 each. Next week’s jackpot €650.The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help. The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLMCILLE U21’S EXIT THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE QUARTER-FINAL STAGE was last modified: December 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANaomh ColmcilleNoticesSportlast_img read more

Southgate has London Underground station renamed in his honour

first_img Gareth Southgate celebrates another England victory England announce another friendly to begin preparations for Euro 2020 LATEST WORLD CUP NEWS Next stop – Gareth Southgate! To celebrate the achievements of the @england men’s football team this summer, TfL & @VisaUK have temporarily renamed Southgate station on the @piccadillyline. Why not come down and post a #SouthgateSelfie pic.twitter.com/n8tR70qitd— Transport for London 🌈 (@TfL) July 16, 2018 How Hudson-Odoi has performed this season – Are Keane’s comments about him fair? Mason Greenwood scores as England U21s beaten by late Netherlands wondergoal Fans given sneak peek into England’s Euro 2020 kit with images leaked online explained Martin Peters, 1966 World Cup final goal scorer for England, dies aged 76 A London Underground tube station has been temporarily renamed in Gareth Southgate, the England manager’s honour.The Three Lions didn’t win anything in Russia, but the fourth place finish was the best England have managed since 1990 and Transport for London wanted to celebrate the ‘achievement’ by calling ‘Southgate Station’ on the Piccadilly line ‘Gareth Southgate Station’. There is a Group of Death at Euro 2020 and here’s how England can avoid it GETTING READY sad day England announce Euro 2020 warm-up matches against Austria and Romania TALENT drama RIP LEGEND Second is best have a look preparation ‘Spain and Italy would have built their teams around Jack Grealish’ – Harry Redknapp ANALYSIS Tributes to ‘complete gentleman’ Martin Peters following England legend’s death How does Euro 2020 draw work? England discover fate live on talkSPORT 2 1last_img read more

Staggering number of young football fans support more than one team

first_img Half and half scarves are now a thing at football grounds “Conversely, fans from lower divisions tend to ‘follow’ (rather than support) major teams as a means of participating in theday-to-day conversation around the Premier League.“In this way, they enjoy the aspirational style of play currently absent from their own, lower league club. Fans are mixing and matching their football experiences to get their full football fix.”The impact of social media and video game technology has had a huge impact on the modern football fan, with 41% 16-19 year old’s supporting a team from LaLiga.With Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann now the top dogs in Spain, it will be interesting to see how many supporters switch allegiance to Juventus after Cristiano Ronaldo’s staggering move. According to website Tifo, Real Madrid lost one million Twitter followers within 24 hours of the five-time Balon d’Or winner being confirmed as a Juventus player.Conversely, the Serie A club gained 3.5 million Instagram followers, 1.7 new Facebook followers, 350,000 new Twitter followers and 500,000 new YouTube subscribers.Eric Cantona once famously remarked: “You can change your wife, your politics, your religion but never, never can you change your favourite football team.” 3 The huge reach of clubs like Manchester United are aided by the growth of social media and computer games as they become a global force. Nearly half of the young population in the UK supports at least two football teams, a new study has found.Rather than choose to religiously follow one team, 42% of 16-24-year-old’s actively choose to support more than one team.center_img 3 3 Ronaldo had a huge impact on Juventus and Real Madrid A study, by COPA90, found that an incredible 27% support three or more teams.It states: “The Modern Football Fan is less inclined than previous generations to settle for enjoying just one team, style or dimension of the football world.“In today’s mass-saturation football content era, they are more exposed to goals, highlights and players from around the globe than ever before. In addition, video games have conditioned a whole generation of fans to experiment with other teams and players – whether on FIFA or in a Fantasy Football League.“Many Modern Football Fans compliment fandom of a top division side by following a lower league / non-league club to have a visceral football experience regularly (due to low ticket prices), enjoy a greater sense of supporter community (and proximity), and see the game through a club-first, grassroots lens (rather than that of the powerful player brands in the top leagues).last_img read more

WEATHER WARNING: SATURDAY STORMS TO CAUSE DAMAGE

first_imgMET Eireann has issued a Yellow Status warning for Donegal on Saturday, with damaging winds and gusts of more than 110kn/hr, forecasters have said.A low pressure from the Atlantic will make the second last shopping Saturday before Christmas a battle against the elements.“Saturday will be a wet and windy day everywhere as the band of rain continues to spread eastwards,” said forecaster Evelyn Cusack. “There will be further heavy falls throughout the day and it will be very windy and gusty with southwesterly winds reaching gale force at times.“Some severe and damaging gusts will also develop, with gusts of 90 to 110 km/h expected. Highest temperatures will range from 9 to 11 degrees.”Met Eireann has also issued a marine Orange Warning.  WEATHER WARNING: SATURDAY STORMS TO CAUSE DAMAGE was last modified: December 13th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily weatherWEATHER WARNING: SATURDAY STORMS TO CAUSE DAMAGElast_img read more

FAMOUS DONEGAL HOTEL PUT ON THE MARKET

first_imgJackson’s Hotel has been put up for sale.Jackson’s HotelThere was shock across the county in January when the Ballybofey hotel was put into receivership.Owners Margaret and Barry Jackson were left devastated after a receiver was appointed to run the day-to-day affairs of the hotel. Now the 138 bedroom facility has been put on the market.The luxury four star hotel boats full leisure centre facilities, 3 large functions suites, as well as separate bar and restaurants.The sale is being handled by DTZ Sherry Fitzgerald and a guide price on the hotel is on application.FAMOUS DONEGAL HOTEL PUT ON THE MARKET was last modified: July 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballybofeydonegalfor saleJackson’s HotelRECEIVERlast_img read more

Man in his 20’s turns himself in to gardai following fatal crash in Bundoran

first_imgA man in his 20s has presented himself to Gardaí in Ballyshannon in relation to the single vehicle fatal road traffic collision that occurred at Eastend, Bundoran in the early hours of this morning.The scene of this morning’s horrific road crash in Bundoran. Pic by Northwest Newspix.He was arrested and is currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act at Ballyshannon Garda Station.Two young people in their 20s died following a horrific crash in Bundoran. The accident happened just before 3.30am at Eastend in Bundoran as a group of young people returned from a night out.Gardaí said the car collided with a wall at Eastend in Bundoran.Two other young people are fighting for their lives as a result of the crash.A Garda spokesperson said: “Investigations are ongoing.”Man in his 20’s turns himself in to gardai following fatal crash in Bundoran was last modified: August 21st, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bundorancar crashCommunity GardaíGardailast_img read more