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  Auditioning for Trival Pursuit: Star Wars Edition DVD


August 03, 2004

Several weeks ago, I read an article on StarWars.com, announcing that Hasbro was going to hold auditions for their new game, Trival Pursuit: Star Wars Edition DVD at Comic-Con International 2004. This immediately piqued my interest, because I was planning to attend Comic-Con, for the first time I might add.

Now, public speaking isn't exactly my forte (not yet, anyway), but my love of Star Wars outweighed my anxiety, and I signed up on Habro's website to audition between noon and 3pm on Thurday July 22, 2004.

I did not think much of the audition in the weeks that followed. I happened to be away from home, visiting family in Minnesota, so I had plenty of stuff going on to keep my mind off the audition.

I caught the redeye back to California on the day before Comic-Con's preview night, Wednesday July 21. I was a little groggy on Wednesday because of the time change (and lack of sleep), but thoroughly
  Star Wars Trivial Pursuit auditions sign
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Sign for the Star Wars Trivial Pursuit auditions.

enjoyed preview night. I suspected that I was very much going to like this convention.
On Wednesday night, I had a dream about my Trivial Pursuit audition. Like most dreams, this one got pretty warped by the time I woke up. So, to make a long story short, I dreamt that the judges ranked all contestants on a scale of one to ten (ten being the best). After my audition ended, the judges gave me a negative sixteen! Why negative sixteen? No clue, but I was crushed. Heh, this dream may seem utterly ridiculous now, but I assure you that when I awoke Thurday morning, I was really shaken up.
I arrived at the Star Wars Trivial Pursuit booth at 11:52am on Thurday. A line of maybe ten people waiting to audition had formed. I almost chickened out. Then, I remembered a Seinfeld episode. In Jerry's monologue, he talks about how public speaking in the number one fear in America. The number two fear, he said, was death. So, he jokes, that a person would rather be the one in the coffin than the one giving the eulogy. Heh. Recalling the joke helped ease my nerves a little.

Then, I gazed over at the people in line. They looked like ordinardy people. If this audition was going as terrible as I was imagining it to be, why were they here? How was I any different than any of them? I wasn't. Armed with a renewed confidence, I took my place in line.

I made small talk with a few of the other people in line. Then, a woman passed out a stack of papers and instructed each of us in line to choose a script. I chose one that was basically a paragraph recap of the Hoth battle in The Empire Strikes Back. She encouraged us to tell our own version of the event portrayed in the script. Some people added sound effects.

When the time came for me to take the mike...I just read the passage. I wouldn't say I did a bad job. I just did an average one. But the judges weren't looking for average, they were looking for an outstanding performance, or even an outrageous one, as was the case with one guy that auditioned a few minutes after a me.
  Bookmark handed to me by a guy representing Trivial Pursuit. States my audition time.
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A bookmark handed out to me listing my audition time.

So this guy was just getting started with his audition when his cell phone rings...and he picks it up! "Can't talk now, I'm auditioning for Star Wars Trivial Pursuit" I believe were his words, or something very similar. As this was happening, one of the judges shook his head in disbelief, and couldn't stop laughing. Naturally, this guy easily made it into the semi-finals. A staged performance? Probably. Outrageous? Absolutely. Whatever works, I guess. Now I understood what the judges were looking for.

I'm not disappointed. I knew going in that there was a very slim chance that I'd make it into the semi-finals. But you never know how something's going to turn out until you actually go for it. I tried, and it didn't work out. Sometimes that's just the way it goes.

I'm happy. It was a good experience, plus Hasbro gave everybody a cool T-shirt just for trying out, so my efforts weren't all for naught. My T-shirt is my trophy. As cheesy as this may sound, I feel like I won by simply trying out. I did not chicken out. I came close, but I didn't. And that's what matters to me most.

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