An Audition Tale

Well, here’s something you don’t see every day. At least not from me. Cirque du Soleil is having auditions in Atlanta this month. You have to apply and be selected to audition for them. Part of the application process was to shoot a video singing one of their pieces. I gave it a shot. I didn’t make it, but I did gain some experience shooting the video. Stupid thing should have taken an afternoon. It took me three days. I can tell my voice is tiring. Turns out the iSight camera on the MacBook / iPhone compensates light exposure by varying frames per second (fps) rate.

Who cares? No one. Unless you need multiple video clips with one audio file AND you need the video and audio to be in sync, because you know, I have lips. So, after hauling all of my gear to my in-laws’ empty house, I came home with video clips shot anywhere from 20 – 30 fps. It was mess.

In the end, after mixing and slicing and trying to get things to sync up and even recruiting Captain K-Man to take a look, I just shot the whole thing again. This time, I kept it simple. One take. No pitch correction (yeah, I know. There’s a couple of spots. Knock yourself out if you’d rather sing it.)

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About Jonathan Riggs

Singer, actor, songwriter, and entrepreneur. And I like vanilla bean.
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