Allison Richard, 21 Millersville University Jersey Surf Color Guard, 3rd year What do you think is important in choosing which corps to audition for? When choosing where to audition, of course it is important to find a group with a style (color guard work or music) that you like, but I think it is most important to make sure the corps has an atmosphere that fits your personality. After all, the members of the corps you decide to march with become your family. How do you like to prepare for an audition? For auditions, I like to make sure that all of my basic exercises are clean as a whistle. It's always a good idea to be able to do two times the amount of "basics" that was suggested to you, so that when you're in the audition you're not struggling to get through anything. Also, it's not a bad idea to be able to run at least the amount of time your show will be. What was your experience like the first time you auditioned for a corps? The first time I auditioned with the Jersey Surf my experience was absolutely fantastic. The atmosphere there was so welcoming it was like I instantly had a hundred new brothers and sisters. The audition process was a little intimidating but not terrifying, and made me want to push myself to be better and better. What advice would you give to somebody who is nervous or unsure about auditioning? If you're thinking, "I don't know if I'll be good enough," JUST TRY IT! You will never, ever know what could have been if you don't go for it. What do you have to lose? Nothing. What do you have to gain? The best summer of your life. This activity is all about pushing yourself past the limits you think you have and realizing the amazing things your mind and body can accomplish. Any other tips? Something that can be a real confidence booster is simply realizing that the people around you have no idea who you are or where you came from, so don't be afraid to be great. "Fake it 'til you make it" is a common phrase that we use at the Surf that means put on a confident face even if you're unsure of what to do or how to execute something. If you mess up, at least it'll be confident! Attitude is everything. Learn more about corps audition dates, locations and additional info.