BSLN: THE ENCORE
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
People passionate about musical interpreting, people who have a teachable spirit, a humble heart, no ego, whether or not they are professional.
WHO SHOULD NOT APPLY?
Who should not apply?
Complainers: We are NOT fans of complainers. If you have fallen into that mindset, we love you, but would love to love you from a distance.
Critical Individuals: You know we want to create a positive, loving, and safe environment. Criticism of participants, criticism of staff, volunteers, bus drivers, servers, etc etc etc is not welcomed. Love, joy, support... these are the defining characteristics of BSLN.
The Blameless: We want people who are able to say "I made a mistake" not "it isn't my fault". We think that is a sign of maturity, and professional interpreters need to exude maturity at all times. If you can do no wrong, ya probably need to do that at home.
Feedback Haters: We have only had a handful of participants who have been feedback haters over the years, but if that's you, this workshop isn't for you. This workshop will have 2 days of feedback either from peers or Mama Sam, so if you don't want feedback, you should probably seek out a different musical interpreting workshop. Just sayin'...
The Easily Offended: Offended interpreters are NOT professional interpreters. Our workshops are packed with people who have different philosophies on everything! Not everyone will agree with each other's sign choices, interpretations, vaccine status, mask preferences, lifestyles, religion, politics, dog/cat preferences, hair color, orientations, use of pronouns, tattoo usage, clothing choices, music preferences, piercings, etc. In the end, we expect all participants will attend only if they choose to LEAVE ALL POTENTIAL OFFENSES AT HOME. If you can't attend without getting offended when hearing opinions alternative to your own, this isn't the workshop for you. We promote a loving and family environment, and we want to love each amid our similarities and differences.
The Ethically Challenged: Clearly as an interpreter workshop, we support ethical behavior. Legal ethics? If you have sticky fingers, it's better to stay sticky at home. Don't apply. We don't appreciate thievery. Professional ethics? If you feel honoring the CPC is optional, this isn't an ideal spot to hang for the weekend, as we are very supportive of the RID CPC in it's entirety.
The Agenda Driven: Passion is awesome. Gate is packed with passionate individuals. You might be very passionate about the pandemic, world events, politics, religion, etc., however as we will be packed with people carrying differing opinions, this workshop is ideal for people who can remain conflict free in spite of our individual perspectives and opinions. We want people who can avoid hot topics, and remain happy go lucky and gooey throughout the workshop. If you cannot take a break from America's drama for the weekend, you might need to keep those passions at home.
If these characteristics don't define you, please apply! As you see, we work hard to make this event a place guided by love. LOVE LOVE LOVE... and FAMILY FAMILY FAMILY... that's what defines this workshop, and we hope one day that will define the field in which we are a part.
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Fill out the application completely.
(We don't accept applications if they are not filled out completely.)
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Perform 2 songs on video and submit them with your application. One song should be musical theatre and one song should be popular music (not musical theatre). We don't care if you rehearse them 100 times or sign them cold. We are not looking for perfect performances. We have been doing this a long time, and we can see what we need to see in you very quickly whether or not you practice endlessly for your audition. These songs give us a feel for your skills and your style. DO NOT AVOID APPLYING BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO PREPARE SONGS. We don't care... not even a little. We just want to get to know you.
You can submit your videos via:
- Email through TRANSFERNOW
- Upload them to YOUTUBE as a listed or unlisted video (we can rarely open private videos)
- Mail them in DVD or Flashdrive form (these must be in our office by the deadline)
We would prefer not to receive your videos through Dropbox.
SCHEDULE FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS
Last Date to Submit Applications:
JUNE 10th, 2022
General Acceptance Letters Sent:
JUNE 13th, 2022
Download the application:
You can download the application by starting with the link, then clicking in the top right corner on the DOWNLOAD icon. You can fill out the application online, save it to your computer/device, and directly email it to our office, or you can print the application and mail it in.
DO THE VIDEOS NEED TO LOOK PROFESSIONAL?
Nope, grab your phone or computer to record the songs if you want. Professional videos are acceptable as well. You can use a pre-recorded video. We do need to be able to see the videos clearly.
DO THE SONGS WE SUBMIT NEED TO BE GLOSSED PERFECTLY?
You can gloss your songs in ASL or PSE or your native sign language if you are from a foreign country. We do not expect perfect glosses. Whatever you do that day, you would likely change the next anyway. That just gives us a base to know where to start from.
By registering for the workshop, you are agreeing to allow videotaping of the workshop, and the free use of your image and/or voice for future advertising and/or educational purposes. You also agree to indemnify and hold harmless Gate Communications, its staff, board, volunteers, and hosts from any personal or business related loss or injury.
Gate promotes learning environments based on love and respect. We are organization which thrives on the administration of anti-ego, anti-criticism, anti-discrimination, and anti-drama based environments. We believe we are coming together as imperfect humans all striving to improve our skills and our character without judgement of our fellow interpreters, students, and community members. Gate Communications loves people! We do not discriminate.
FINAL RID CEUs PENDING APPROVAL