Last two Wednesdays I had quite important meetings. First one was an interview for a part – time position in online gaming company and the following Wednesday I was auditioning as a repetiteur for European opera. Overall, a busy week full of stress, nervousness and anticipation…
First Wednesday interview went well . One of my reason of being nervous was that I was trying to recall if I was ever interviewed in Polish and I have to admit I don’t recall. As the position itself was for Polish speaker there was a risk that the interview will be only in Polish but fortunately it was in English with just bits in Polish. Please, don’t get me wrong, I speak Polish perfectly, I am a native speaker so, what’s the deal then. I’m not sure, it is just I’m so used to using English in formal meetings while presenting myself, the skills and qualifications I have, that translating that into Polish in a way that it sounds formal and correct was a bit terrifying. Anyway, it went good and I was really happy that they invited me for it in a first place as my cv doesn’t show much knowledge of gaming industry but because of my partner and personal experience I know a lot.
After that, I was waiting in anticipation for a call and nothing happened for a week.
Coming to the other Wednesday and audition. It was announced only a week and a half before that the auditions of European Opera will take place in Valletta for the first time ever. These auditions are taking place every year in different big European cities so when I got an information about it being held here I have no doubts that I have to take part in it no matter what. Beforehand , I felt like in old times at the conservatory… Full of nervousness and feeling the butterflies in my stomach. I prepared the extract from Cossi fan tutte, La Boheme and Electra. Because in the application it wasn’t specified how long the extract supposed to be, I wasn’t sure I have prepared enough but it seemed ok. Besides playing, I had to sing along with the accompaniment which, at least for me, is really difficult. At least I was singing the Mozart piece which I knew well so it wasn’t too disastrous. After playing the 3 pieces I was asked to sight read something and they chose me one song by Richard Strauss… Not easy at all, and in the first place I started too fast and had to start all over. Afterwards I had a short chat with the director Laurent Pillot and after 15 minutes in total the audition was finished . I had this familiar feeling of buzzing adrenaline and nervousness. Overall, it wasn’t the best and it wasn’t the worst audition. I would say it was rather a good one and I am happy that I have taken part in it even if it may not come to anything. On the way back home I received a txt inviting me to a master class being held later in the afternoon. It really put smile on my face:-)
Later that day I received a call from recruitment agency and guess what, I got the job I was interviewed for the previous Wednesday.
So now Wednesday is officially a day of good news!