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(Left) MTV representative explains in detail the audition process. (Right) Students audition on the second floor of the Student Center


September 18th, 2017

MTVU comes to Cleveland State campus to host auditions for video jockey position

MTV University (MTVU) held auditions for its new video jockey position in the Student Center of Cleveland State University on Sept. 5.

MTVU is MTV’s university channel that is solely shown on college campuses. At Cleveland State, the channel is shown on multiple floors of the Recreation Center.

A representative for the company at the event likened the video jockey position to the role of Carson Daly on “Total Request Live,” a MTV music show from the early 2000s where Daly introduced the popular music videos of the time.

MTVU held auditions in the Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. One hour into the auditions, it already had 16 auditions completed.

The audition consisted of filling out a form, selecting and reading one written line from three choices and reading a list of music that the video jockey would say on camera.

One of the lines a person could choose was: ‘Hey everyone! My name is ______ and I am from (school) and my major is _______. I want to be VJ because…’

The auditions entered the students into a nationwide contest to become the new MTVU video jockey. Selected students will be working with MTVU for up to three paid projects.

Cleveland State student and foster-care advocate Kevinee Gilmore said she auditioned to help show aged-out foster kids that they can make it. “To have something like this would afford an opportunity to show other foster kids all around the world that they can make it, because only 4 percent of kids that enter foster care actually graduate from college,” Gilmore said.

The selected students will be notified in upcoming months and start working on projects with MTVU.


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