I just returned from a rather lenghty date with destiny. I recently saw an ad for musicians wanted for a major professional organization, and decided to apply. I'm a young professional of 23, and this group is made up of the cream-of-the-crop veterans, so the odds were stacked against me. To be invited to audition, the organization wanted a rather extensive package that included audio, video, photos, and a resume. To create and organize those, I used my brand new G5 with ProTools, teamed with iMovie and iDVD to put all of this on DVD. This was the first time I used iMovie and iDVD, so it was an experience. In the end, I created a very interesting package that was all contained on the DVD... it was almost like a website. The organization was very impressed and invited me to audition.... I couldn't believe it! It was like the Yankees asking a tee-baller to tryout. I had to drive my old, gas-leaking van 500 miles through remenants of Hurricane Ivan to the audition. I spent $220 for two nights in a hotel. I paid an arm and a leg for gas. I got to the audition way early. I was asked to come in and start my audition. I got to play for about 15 minutes. I was asked to stop. I got shot down. Very quickly. I got in my van and drove 500 miles home. Although the rejection hurts my pocketbook and my ego, they did compliment me on my demo. They were very impressed with the layout and how it was presented. I don't think they have ever seen anything like it. The audition was humbling, but also has inspired me to come back with new musical fury. I think I was way out of my league, but sending them my DVD made on my Mac set me apart from everyone else. The way I see it, my G5 gave me the opportunity to blow 3 days and close to 1,000 dollars and miles all in the name of chasing a gig that was over my head. It was worth it just for the experience and learning. Without sending that whoopass demo, I don't think I would have had the chance to get that musical beat-down.