She didn’t get a callback from ‘The Voice’ and the verdict isn’t in yet for ‘America’s Got Talent’ but Kymberly Brouillard says whatever the outcome, trying out for the national talent competitions was something she needed to do.
The 2014 Escalon High graduate – then Kymberly Tompson – has been singing her whole life and just completed a pair of tryouts showcasing those skills.
She traveled to southern California to audition for ‘America’s Got Talent’ on Feb. 9, the event hosted in Pasadena.
“We stood in line for nine-and-a-half hours,” Brouillard explained. “We actually started outside the building and ended up in three different buildings overall, they were moving us around.”
Originally planning to perform a song by Adele, Brouillard changed plans when the audition time was cut from 90 seconds to 60 because of the large turnout. She instead performed ‘Seven Spanish Angels’ by Ray Charles and Willie Nelson.
“We sang in front of a producer, there were 10 people in the room at a time,” she said. “They call your number, you let them know your name and they ask some questions, such as how you got into music, why you are passionate about it.”
There was no ‘yes’ or ‘no’ after the audition, just a verbal indication that callbacks would be made in the next month. So Brouillard is still waiting to hear if she gets that second opportunity to perform.
“I met a lot of really cool people,” she said of the experience.
This past weekend, it was off to San Francisco, where she auditioned Sunday for ‘The Voice.’
“That one was really different from America’s Got Talent, the atmosphere was different, there was less waiting,” she said. “I got there at 7:30 a.m. and I was done by 1:45 p.m.”
She almost didn’t go in to audition, though, as they didn’t allow her to take her five-month old daughter Presley, her first child, inside. Her husband Tyler ended up staying outside with the baby while she went inside to audition.
This time, there were no questions about why you were there, she said, just the performers in a room with a producer.
Again, Brouillard opened with ‘Seven Spanish Angels’ and then she was asked to perform again. This time she sang ‘Let Him Fly’ by the Dixie Chicks and followed it up with a Dolly Parton song, ‘Jolene.’
She rounded out the audition with ‘Rolling in the Deep’ by Adele, the song she originally planned to sing at the America’s Got Talent audition earlier in the month.
“It seemed like she was interested,” Brouillard said, but added that the ‘callback’ through Instagram performers would get if they were chosen didn’t come to her.
“Even if I didn’t make it, it was nice I was considered for it,” she said, adding that the producer kept her and two other girls in the room and sent the other seven performers out, whittling down the initial ten to a final three in that round.
Brouillard said she started singing when she was about two years old.
“I was just always singing,” she said. “Singing at football games, I did the National Anthem at school.”
She said she felt her chances would be better for The Voice, as that is a singing-driven show, while America’s Got Talent features dancers, magicians, ventriloquists, comedians, singers and more.
“It’s just a big melting pot of talent,” she said.
But until the callback doesn’t come, Brouillard is staying optimistic for the AGT possibility.
And again, the experience was worth it, she said, whether she makes the cut or not.
“I feel pretty good about it, I gave my all and left it all out there,” Brouillard said. “This was something for me to stay that I tried, when my kids get older, I want them to know you can do it. Know your worth, know you can go out there and do that, chase your dreams.”