In her words
No Center Parts Allowed
How I quit the Ravens cheerleading squad on day one
By: Faith Deutchle
I arrived approximately 30 minutes late to Ravens cheerleading pre-tryouts. It was impossible to get all the way out to the Ravens training facility in less than 45 minutes.
I entered the training facility and saw at least 150 girls sitting on the football turf listening intently to precise instructions. During auditions:
- You should not wear any piercing but understated studs in the ears.
- Do not arrive late. (One strike– me.)
- Your makeup should be thick, but not too thick.
- Look tan, but not orange. If you are pale, fix it.
- Follow all audition application directions precisely, or risk disqualification.
As a musical theatre major this all seemed reasonable. Always smile, be courteous to everyone you encounter and come prepared for anything. Basically, the Girl Scouts with hairpins and mascara.
However, the rules on hair were absolutely laughable.
“Hair will be worn down at all times. If you have curly hair, straighten it and then curl it again with rollers to get that “Raven” look. Never part your hair in the center. If you have a center part, change it. We hate center parts.”
At this last comment, I saw at least 25 girls nonchalantly toss their hair to one side to mask their hideous center part. After these so-called tips, we learned a dance and practiced toe touches with the current Ravens cheerleaders.
Ultimately, I left completely convinced that I didn’t want to be a Ravens cheerleader. There isn’t enough time in the day to care about which side my part falls to or how thick or unthick my makeup looks. I walked out of the training facility thanking God I wouldn’t be wearing that itsy-bitsy uniform, but also respecting the girls who did.
Tell us: When have you realized that a job is just not “you”?