Decided to finally write about my UAAP courtside reporter audition several years ago. I have friends who are basketball fanatics; some of them knew of this, some of them don’t. Most of them probably have courtside reporter dreams (hihi) so here is my experience on what it’s like to actually audition for it.
As part of the Candy Council of Cool (COC), we were tasked to come up with a minimag to cap off our COC term. The same summer, my fellow Candy COC member EJ shared to me that she wants to audition for the UAAP courtside reporter post and I thought it was a good idea. There was no competition involved since she’s a La Sallian while I am a Thomasian so we were both excited for each other. I don’t love being in the spotlight but during those times, I wanted to be recognized for something that will make the university proud (Yes, I had thoughts like that).
So I submitted my resume to ABS-CBN Sports and was pleasantly surprised to receive a call from them, inviting me for an audition. EJ got a call as well, but we had different audition schedules. Who would have thought that I had to interview Patty Laurel, the only TV personality I looked up to, the same day as my audition. The day was laid out in such a way that I could attend both: interview, am, audition, pm. Perfect, I thought. I took that as a sign of good things to come.
My minimag editor accompanied me to the interview. Patty was very down-to-earth, exactly how she described herself during her VJ years. I had crazy dreams of becoming an MTV VJ when I was younger, you see. During the VJ Hunt, Patty would always stress that her edge among the other finalists was her being a regular college girl; her winning the competition was truly inspiring. I actually considered auditioning for the Hunt because of her but I realized I’m better off writing instead ’cause I don’t like being in the spotlight (I am kind of contradicting myself).
At the end of the interview, I revealed that I had an audition after. No one knew except EJ, so Pia was surprised as well. I could tell that Patty was excited for me, as if her courtside reporter stint flashed before her eyes—she even wished me luck! That time, I thought everything was falling into place. Her wishing me luck seemed like a seal of approval more than a vote of confidence.
The moment of truth came.
When I entered the room, a familiar face stood out among the panel of judges: Lia Cruz. Another courtside reporter AND Candy Council of Cool member (first batch, take note!). She leafed through my resume and learned that I was also from the COC. I blurted out, “I’m a fan” (uncontrollable fangirl moment!). Saying that made me more self-conscious. Cue “My Stupid Mouth”.
So I introduced and described myself while the camera was rolling. In my head, I wished TV Production was in second year because I was stiff and felt the entire situation was weird, this thing actually needs practice, haha. Besides, I was more of a writer than a speaker and I guess that experience made me realize that. When they started to ask me about basketball, everything went downhill. Admittedly, I had little technical knowledge of the game and I just had to be honest. I thought that the experience will teach me that. I can vividly recall them asking me if I see Donna Llabres in school (she’s also a Communication Arts student) and when I said I didn’t, they were shaking their heads. She’s a senior that time and we don’t have the same skeds, so it was kinda funny they asked me that. They must have really thought I was just a nuisance auditionee (if there is such a term) that they asked me if I could give names of the UST Growling Tigers. Dylan Ababou was my classmate for two semesters so that was one Tiger down. I went out the door and left my expectations inside the room (Drama!). Lo and behold, an Accountancy major who had hosting experience in several school-related events grabbed the stint. The season went by with me watching by the TV located at the lobby or at the Araneta Coliseum and not at the sidelines.
So obviously, nothing happened with my reporting career, but I am so proud I tried! HAHA.