It's Show Time!
went to a matinee play in San Francisco recently. There was a fraction of the
audience this theater could accommodate. You would have never known it by what
took place on stage. During intermission I spotted two of the lead actors. I
told them although the audience was sparse the cast wasnít. The energy and
enthusiasm were fantastic, as if they were playing to a packed house. These
were professionals. They thanked me for noticing.
Consider doing the same thing going into your oral boards. The door opens and
they call you in. The curtain is going up, itís the bright lights of
Broadway. Itís show time. You have to grab your top hat, cane and know matter
what the audience (panel members) you have to give it your best shot and step it
Not floundering trying to remember the lines for your part. Being embarrassed
by stage fright that causes you to forget your best stuff, as your mouth goes
dryer than the Sahara Desert.
Visualizing the tones are dropping and on youíre going on your first call.
Everything you have worked for is on the line. Youíre auditioning for the part
to be a firefighter. You have practiced and rehearsed for this part havenít
you? You know all the lines for your part donít you?
The raters pick up on your energy and enthusiasm as we did at the play and
theyíre saying in their minds, bravo, bravo, we have been waiting for this all
week. Theyíre starting to smile. Throwing you lines that you adlib to enhance
your performance. Nothing has stumped you. You know youíre going to make the
cut for the call back. You have never had an interview like this. The hairs
start standing up on the back of your neck and the raters too. You walk off
stage knowing you nailed it!
Havenít had this feeling in your oral boards yet? Well, do you have a script
that you have been religiously practicing with a tape recorder? It doesnít
surprise me. Ninety-nine percent of the candidates I ask arenít either. I
asked a college program recently how many had been practicing with a tape
recorder daily? No hands. How about weekly then? Nope. None. O.K. how about
monthly? Finally three hands went up out of a total of 40. Then, donít be
confused by why youíre not getting high enough on the list to get a call back to
play the part of a firefighter. The mystery has been solved.
You might not have the oral board skills (the oral is still 100% of the score to
get hired) to convince the producers (raters) you have what is takes. You see
getting this part as a firefighter you have to convince the raters you can do it
before you get it.
For a FREE script to audition for the job of a firefighter job check here:
"Nothing counts 'til you have the badge . . . Nothing!"
Fire "Captain Bob"
Author, book Becoming A Firefighter--The Complete Guide to Your Badge!