UPDATE: I ended up submitting to the YouTube Online Auditions as the contract did not mention the elements I had trouble with. The good news is that I made it to their Top 20 Online Auditions. Don’t know if I made it to the live show yet, but I definitely got a lot of exposure out of it.
As I write this I am listening to Groove 99.1 FM. My new track, Back Again, was put into high rotation by Groove FM which is part of the Corus Radio Network … which is huge in Canada … Groove FM is in Winnipeg … I am in Toronto … but I can stream it.
Back Again has also been picked up by a couple of adult contemporary stations here in Ontario (which I unfortunately cannot stream.) All this to say, if there is a nonsensical string of letters like “akljsflakfjdlaskfja” and the entry suddenly cuts off it’s because it came on, I’m excited, and likely forgetting to make a screen capture of the playlist.
I was going to audition for Canada’s Got Talent. I applied for an audition time, I had my audition piece picked out, but I had no idea how the contract would look.
A few days ago, I received my Toronto audition time along with the contract I was to sign. The contract had a troubling section, “The program may reveal or relate information about me of a personal, private, intimate, surprising, defamatory, embarrassing, or unfavorable nature, that may be factual or FICTIONAL. My depiction in the program may … expose me to public ridicule, humiliation, or condemnation.”
On the lighthearted side, with public ridicule or condemnation I might be able to claim refugee status and get that American citizenship I always felt would benefit my music career.
In all seriousness, I can’t quite reconcile signing something saying they can lie about you with intent to make you look bad.
My audition time came and went and I didn’t go. Was it a mistake or a potential regret? Maybe. I’m still trying to decide. I never like to pass up an opportunity but I never like to sign bad contracts either. Basically they want the right to spin whatever they want, however they want, and if it’s not exciting enough to be able to make something better … or worse … up. That’s what reality TV is all about. I have seen these talent shows make a fool of a lot of people. It’s one ratings moment for the show, but it’s a lifetime for the person they do it to; especially with YouTube.
I read that on The Voice contractually all contestants had the right to be represented by a lawyer, but that lawyer had to be selected from a group of three or more lawyers chosen by The Voice. That’s definitely a conflict of interest.
If you did see me on Canada’s Got Talent … I would probably be auditioning with something like this …
Back to making it happen on my own … I have a long list of radio music programmers to get through.