What it’s like to be a ‘Wanna Be’

2009-03-13 00:00

The dullness of a regular nine-to-five job, pushing paper and answering calls, can prompt you to ponder how different life could be if you became that cabaret performer or dolphin trainer that you wanted to be when you were too innocent to understand the economics of survival.

Though I am more than content in my career, I often wonder how much more exciting my life could be if I ended up being the performer and entertainer I used to dream of being as a little girl.

Unlike most who wanted to be doctors, firefighters and lawyers, I would get dressed up in a passion pink feather boa and my mother’s glitziest frock and spastically dance to the Carpenters’ Mr Postman, pretending to be famous — like in the movies.

So when M-Net advertised casting calls for the new reality show Wanna Be, I couldn’t resist entering.

They are hoping to make daydreamers’ wildest fantasies come true — albeit for just one day.

I was so excited to be told I qualified for an audition that I drove from Pietermaritzburg to Durban on two consecutive days. The first day, round one, was not too invasive: a one-on-one interview with a judge who would determine whether my dream and I were exciting enough to be made a reality on national TV.

But seeing the queues of people — who I knew wanted the break just as much as I did because they too were grinning and composed, despite the Durban sun and humidity causing our clothing to cling — I realised that if I were to become a statistic, I might as well have fun doing it.

An official number of 10 400 people from across the country went through the same fate before me. We were poked and prodded by five different judges on day two.

The judges shot questions from all directions, and trying to maintain my composure and fire back sharp and witty comments, while giving the occasional gyration of my hips knowing that a camera was recording my every twitch and stutter, would not have been possible had I been a nervous wreck.

I was calm and relaxed because I knew that I was one of many hopefuls and if I didn’t get to live my dream, I might as well revel in my attempt to.

The show will be aired on M-Net in the same slot as Idols after the singing competition ends.

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