April 27, 2015 at 9:26 AM #12433
“If you’ve applied to any of our real-time courses in the past, I’m sure you can tell that we are really trying to simplify the process and improve communication.
As you can imagine, it’s an overwhelingly-super-complicated process and we are a small team.
Yet still, our #1 priority is to provide the most personal art education you can find online.
…and we all feel strongly that the personal touch should be a part of everything we do – not just our courses and podcasts.
So we have put a lot of thought into how we can make the audition process simultaneously more efficient AND more personal.
Here’s an overview of the improvements we’ve made in the past four months:
A completely automated submission process.
Auditions Support area in the forums.
Bring the work study students in *before* auditions open.
Frequent interaction with Ânia Marcos (OA’s Production Manager)
More “Email Support” links throughout offer more convenient access to Jeff Morris (OA’s Support Ninja).
Please use this thread to post any feedback or general discussion about the audition process.
We’ll all try to keep the Support Updates thread clear for only the most important and/ or time-sensitive announcements.
Thanks for your encouragement and support.”
June 1, 2015 at 8:48 PM #20470
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I just wanted to applaud you with the way this audition process has been set up and handled. I haven’t auditioned for anything through the site in the past so I really don’t have anything to compare to other than different websites. (You’re winning on all counts)
I’ve been pestering Jeff all day thinking that I had missed the sign up because I thought I hadn’t received the email! SO I do send my sincerest apologies to him. Turns out I just jumped the gun a little out of nervousness. Woops.
But genuinely, the way the site has been set up and the audition process laid out if fantastic. It was all easy to understand and clean to look at. The email confirmation is great for worriers like me. Instead of sitting there for the next few days thinking that it might not have submitted I get an instant reply in the form of a lovely little email confirming that’s all been received.
I’ll probably be saying this for the rest of my days, but seriously, you guys rock and I can’t thank you enough for all the hard work you’re putting into these courses and projects. It warms the cockles to see a dedicated group of individuals working together to construct a better way for people to learn.
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June 2, 2015 at 3:15 AM #20520
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Jose Carlos GonzalezParticipant
I hoping that I get in . This is wonderful opportunity to grow an artist an a person.I love hearing ideas an communicating back an forth.Well here goes fingers crossedJune 2, 2015 at 11:52 PM #20647
Auditioned! The process was super smooth. Thanks guys!June 3, 2015 at 4:46 AM #20683June 3, 2015 at 10:22 AM #20731
This was my first audition with the Oatley Academy and it was pretty smooth and straightforward. The links above the submission form were very helpful and answered all my questions. I hope I get in! I was struggling a bit with the letter of the intent, trying to figure out if Chris meant serious as in heartfelt or “no joking around”. Hopefully I found the right balanceJune 4, 2015 at 7:10 PM #21005
@Joe – that’s a really good point. “Seriously” was not the right word choice. Hopefully, the folks who read it know that I’m all about including humor. By “seriously” I mean that too many people just submit a few half-assed sentences or write a lot of words but don’t actually say anything. …and, obviously, proofreading and spell-check *should* be standard procedure but, alas, they are not for everyone.June 9, 2015 at 4:47 PM #21796
Claire O’ReillyParticipantJune 10, 2015 at 6:31 PM #22201
Great job, Thanks for all the help! I feel like an old grumpy lady upset because of all the changes, but once I get the hang of it I won’t bug you guys as much* you guys really are great, oh and I am so glad the images don’t have to be submitted via deviant Art…talk about an overwhelming website Oy* lolJune 14, 2015 at 9:27 PM #23224
Well… I just hit “Submit”. Here’s hoping the “Epic of Gilgamesh” I submitted as a letter of application serves the purpose. (only 750 words, SERIOUSLY?!?!? 😉 )
Hope to be working with you guys soon. I need a push and between this and CrayCray I should get it!
Second star on the right, go until CTNX!
June 15, 2015 at 6:29 AM #23243June 18, 2015 at 11:56 PM #24032
Vincent CollierParticipantJune 19, 2015 at 5:58 AM #24057
I just wanted to chuck my two pence in and say that the audition process for me was super smooth and easy to follow. The confirmation emails I received giving me an idea of when updates were happening were also very welcome.
I also really appreciated you guys accommodating my current internet downtime regarding my submission: you made something stressful for me really easy to manage and Ania & Chris’ responses were super quick and couldn’t have been more helpful. This is why I love you guys and OA so much!
With regard to the Letter of Intent, I had never written one before either and to be honest wasn’t even sure what one was. I did some Googling and got a good idea though, plus Chris answered my queries about what to include. I hope what I submitted was okay and not too formal, as it read a little like a job application at times!
With this in mind, perhaps a super quick guide on the ‘dos and don’ts of a Letter of Intent’ might be useful for future applicants? Maybe with a (specially written, fictitious) example of a ‘bad’ letter next to a ‘good’ letter. It would probably help filter out the folks who just think a couple of lines of badly written text is acceptable! Just a thought I had.
Looking forward to hearing the next update! Cheers guys, you rock x
June 22, 2015 at 6:51 AM #24384
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