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Audition Today

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Audition ? Am I an actress ? yes and no. I'm a performer, but not in the way you'd think. Today, I had an audition at another gym to work as a group exercise instructor. The audition was supposed to be from 12-3pm. It wasn't that long. There weren't that many people there to audition. Probably around 20-25 instructors total.

For those of you who don't know, I've been working many years as a group exercise instructor. It was my love of teaching classes that started my own journey towards a healthy lifestyle. Well, I've been working at one gym for several years. Because of an unexpected change in life (getting laid off), I decided to apply to other gyms to teach. It's a good way to make a little extra money. However, teaching at a gym requires more than filling out some paperwork. You have to audition. The district managers have to see how you teach so that they can decide if you'd be a good fit for their gym or not.

Today, I went for one of those auditions. This particular gym only holds auditions about every 3-4 months. So I couldn't miss this one. What was funny ? I met one of my co-workers from the gym. She was hoping to get hired too. I was there to audition for a couple of different slots. I was auditioning for spinning (cycle) and for muscle conditioning, weight training. When you go to an audition, you don't do your thing and leave. You stay for entire audition to be part of the class. That way the people conducting the audition see how you work with a group of people.

What are the things gyms look for in a good instructor ? They'll looking for someone who cues the class for good form. very important. They'll looking for someone with good energy as well as teaching technique. And most importantly, they're looking for someone who can connect to their class. It's one thing to be a good instructor. but if your class can't relate to you, that's no good. A good instructor must have a good rapport with their class.

Since I was doing two auditions, I was in two rooms. I auditioned first for cycle. They just wanted me to do a 5-7 minute routine. Since I'm already an instructor, piece of cake. The problem ? Had some minor technical difficulties with my ipod. Had to use some CDs I brought with me. That went well. at least, I knew there were things I could have mentioned. But, when you're a bit nervous, some times you forget. these things happen. no worries.

Then I went to the next room with the group instructors. Over half of the instructors auditioning were ZUMBA instructors !! I was there to teach muscle conditioning or boot camp. No one else teaching boot camp or strength. The rest were yoga instructors.

So, I probably spent about 20-30 minutes learning how to do Zumba !! LOL !! I'll admit it. I'm a lousy dancer. I've done Zumba before and believe me, it's a lot of fun. But, sheesh, I guess it's been a while since I took the class because I looked like I had two left feet and hips that wouldn't move ! It was for fun and to help out my fellow instructors.

I'll tell ya, there were some talented Zumba instructors. They did well. Then, I went up. I taught my 4-5 minute squat routine for strength. I do think I have a particularly good squat routine. Had some more minor technical difficulties. once that was done, everything was fine. After me, the yoga instructors did their auditions.

All in all, I probably had a 45-60 minute workout. Zumba got me sweating. Of course, yoga continued to make me sweat. I'm pretty convinced I did a billion down dogs to plank to low plank to up facing dog. over and over and over. most were teaching vinyasa or flow. thus the over and over and over again.

Once the audition was over, they told us that it would take a few weeks before we heard back. Right now, they weren't looking to add classes. What they wanted was to fill slots that had become empty. When I chatted with the district manager of the gym where I want to work, he said he was looking for someone to teach strength. That's a plus for me. Now, I wait and see.

Anyway... that's why I had an "audition". I'm hoping to get hired by another gym to work as an instructor. I'll say it. Instructors can make very good money, depending on the gym figure $25-$50 an hour.

And people wonder why I love fitness ??? LOL !!!

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    Any word yet? I'm having a hard time typing here with my fingers crossed!!
    3140 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9234910
    Woohoo! I hope you'll hear good new soon!
    3152 days ago
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    I'm very late in seeing this, Karen, but it sounded very promising! If you don't get the position, it's only because someone got the job in advance, i.e., they already had someone in mind for that particular spot. You're a natural! Anxious to find out how it went for you.
    3167 days ago
  • CHERRY666
    Good luck! I had no idea that's how class instructors are hired. Interesting.
    3171 days ago
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    All the best, & the figures sound great emoticon emoticon
    3171 days ago
    That's really interesting to read about the process. I had no idea instructing was so lucrative! A good instructor is worth every penny.
    3171 days ago
    Good luck!!!! I think you'd be such an inspiration to people , your such a sweet person I really hope you get the job! emoticon
    3175 days ago
  • no profile photo LOVEXAVIE
    That was so interesting to learn how the hiring process works! Come for the interview; stay for the workout!
    Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Sending positive thoughts your way. I know the right opportunity will come along. One where it'll bless both you and the employer.

    Woo-Hoo Archi!
    3177 days ago
    It sounds like a lot more fun than a "regular" job interview! Hope you get the position!
    3179 days ago
    Good luck on getting the position you want! Sounds like you handled the technical difficulties well, those things happen it is important to show you know how to deal with them.

    I chuckled about your Zumba experience - I just started doing it recently and that is exactly how I feel in every class! But I still work up a major sweat so I have been sticking with it-I will get the moves eventually....

    Hope it goes well for you!
    3179 days ago
    Sounds like you had an awesome day! Good luck! I will keep my fingers crossed! Woo Hoo!
    3181 days ago
    My prayers are with you. I'm sure you did great. I've often wanted to instruct adult PT. As a sub, I do PE sometimes, but it's much different working with thugs that don't want to exercise, than with people that do. That would be refreshing.
    3181 days ago
    Hopefully, the fact you had minor technical difficulties but knew how to handle them will work in your favor. I'm wishing you luck, but know that you don't need it ;)

    Here's a funny Zumba story: I've been going to Zumba class once a week for about 5 or 6 weeks. I'm insanely uncoordinated, and have serious issues telling my left from my right. The big mirrors do NOT help! So, most of the time, I just make an effort to keep moving, and to do something similar to what the instructor is doing.

    The last time I went she complimented my improvement, and another student said, "Yeah, up until today, dava was just flailing all around. Today it looked like she was at least TRYING to do the moves." Then the instructor said, "Yeah, I can't look at you."

    HAHAHAHA! At least I'm having fun, right?
    3181 days ago
    Well, I hope you passed the audition! Many group classes I've attended the instructor has had some technical difficulty getting the music started or some other such thing, so I wonder, do they fault you for that? Especially given that you may not have ever worked with that equipment before?

    Hope you get to teach the strength class!
    3181 days ago
    Hey, I learned something new!! I was highly entertained by this blog. I never knew there was a process!
    3181 days ago
    Wow! Thanks for the educational and entertaining blog! Good luck...I really hope you get the job!
    3181 days ago
    I knew you were a spin instructor but I hadn't picked up on the weight training side of it - I'd go for that my own self, lol... I'm wishing you all success on the posts, Karen - good vibes thru the cosmos. Let us know how it turns out!
    3181 days ago
    Wow. Sounds like an awesome day.
    3181 days ago
    You go, girl! Your self-confidence never fails to impress me. I sure hope it impressed them, too! Good luck!
    3182 days ago
    Good luck and I'm rooting for you!
    3182 days ago
    I had no idea it was so hard to get a fitness instructor job...
    But I totally understand, you need to have specific knowledge and skills to do it right, and build a good connection with several people in a very short time.
    I'm glad your audition went well and I hope you'll get the job!
    3182 days ago
    Good Luck! I hope your "audition" went well and you get the job!
    3182 days ago
    emoticon Wishing you the best emoticon emoticon
    3182 days ago
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