This isn’t a total Debbie Downer post…keep reading to find out who is getting a Social Media Makeover, courtesy of yours truly!
Many (many MANY) of you have been asking me what’s happening with the Ford Focus Rally America competition. And the truth is? I wish I knew. Ever since Meghann and I auditioned back in October (“Rally Monkeys“), we’ve been patiently waiting to hear whether we made the cast or not. On audition day, the casting directors told us that we’d hear from them within a few days.
And we did — the directors asked us for some more information and told us we were finalists. SQUEEEEE!
That’s when we started our Facebook page (Katy and Meghann Rock the Rally) and asked our friends to show support. That’s when we started daily tweets, spreading the love for the Rally. That’s when we took time and energy to promote both Ford and this incredibly creative campaign.
And, sadly, that’s the last time we heard anything official. We expected to get background check forms to fill out — we never received them. We expected to hear one way or another by early November — we never did. And the lack of communication has gone from a minor annoyance to a full-blown coup in the FRA finalist community (via email and Facebook groups).
Some very vocal finalists have gone as far to ask Ford and the casting team for answers, or at least a timeline for when we can expect to hear anything. The casting team has been completely silent, and Ford’s only move was to have their social media team take over all of the accounts that had been started in the community. Ford has also said that the cast will be announced in January, which is much different than we’d been led to believe. And since then, they have not addressed the multiple questions — respectful questions, I might add — that have been posed.
Why post now?
- For the second time in a month, some finalists are finding out via email that they’ve officially been eliminated while the rest of us are left in the dark.
- I’m losing faith in Ford and in this project, which is depressing because — whether I’m on a team or not — it has a ton of potential.
- I’m disappointed that I got you, my friends and readers, to show so much support, for something that might be a bust.
- I admitted when I made a misstep (“My Social Media Mistake and How You Can Learn From It“) — I’m hoping Ford will do the same and change things.
- Whether or not I’m cast, I wanted to be up front with the good and the bad experiences I’ve had through this process.
- Justice Mitchell and DJ Waldow inspired me to step up and be honest.
I’ve always considered the casting a long shot, but as a responsible person, I have put off travel plans, been wary of taking on new projects at work and at home and have basically been a hostage to this decision. It’s getting old, and I think it’s unfair. The Rally is scheduled to start in late January — one month from now. It’s cutting it VERY close.
Thanks in advance for all of your support and for being such loyal blends.
On to the happy stuff!
Jess (Run Girl Run) and I are have picked two bloggers to work with as part of our Social Media Makeover project, announced here. We had an incredibly difficult time choosing, because you all had such creative applications!
So, while we are going to keep our plans to do big makeovers for the two winners, we’re inspired to help the rest of the applicants with mini-makeover advice…stay tuned for those.
And the winners of our social media makeover are:
In the spirit of what I learned from the lack of communication by Focus Rally casting directors, I have sent emails to everyone who applied — if you think you applied and did NOT get a message from me, please leave me a comment. I really do want to thank you for entering.
Thanks for all your support — through Ford, my social media tips and more. You have no idea how much this blend community means to me!