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 !!!