I have always been someone who relishes a challenge and takes whatever is thrown at me, so when about two years ago this chance to audition for grad school in USA was handed to me I jumped on it. 2015 now I’m in the US, as they call it. Indeed the audition process has been an experience. My first audition at UCSD was a day after I arrived and clearly I felt tired and my body wasn’t feeling well enough after being on a plane for over 23 hours. 1pm I had to be at Ripley Grier studios and before that the lovely Susan Watson (Almasi’s Social Media Coordinator and Associate Artist) took time to coach me. What struck me most is how in a space of about 45 minutes I noticed the shift in my performance, how she managed to mold my pieces to something I myself was becoming confident in. She gave me tools I will carry forever as no one had never taught me how to audition. Fast forward an hour I’m at Ripley Grier studios and I’m warming up.
Twenty three hours of travel can make anyone cranky but not when you visiting the USA for the first time. Leaving Zimbabwe at 1230, landing in South Africa at 2:30PM then a 6 hour layover. I was still sane then and rearing to go, my schedule said I would leave SA at 8:30PM and land in Abu Dhabi at 645am then leave for New York at 1045 and land at 4pm. First mistake I made was think of 4pm Zimbabwean time thus I had calculated the flight from Abu Dhabi to be about 7 hours at most. I was in for a shocker when I realized I was on a 14 hour flight. It’s the worst realization ever as my body had prepared for 7 hours now I had go for an extra 7 hours!!READ MORE