What it's like being a contestant on LEGO Masters Australia
Being a part of LEGO Masters is a journey. A long, ridiculous, amazing and ultimately unforgettable journey.
I’m Annie, season 2 contestant, winner of the first elimination and LEGO Ambassador for 'MUGs' - Melbourne LEGO User Group. In mid-2019 I received a phone call asking if I knew any great LEGO Builders that might like to take part in the LEGO Masters phenomenon. I offered some names for some great builders *cough, Runa, cough* and then they asked if I might like to audition myself. I was hesitant at first because I had two kids under 4 at home, but they convinced me to give it a go and put in an application. Still, I needed a partner.
I remember ringing Runa with my crazy question. I was insanely nervous and fearing rejection as if I were in a high school teen drama. But I did it, I called her, and I said those 9 unforgettable words. “Will you go on LEGO Masters Australia with me?”. And despite all the ways she could reject me in my mind, she actually said yes. Forms were filled out and the waiting began. We were both met with beautiful enthusiasm and kindness from the casting team at Endemol Shine. They explained the process of casting and wished us luck as we travelled through the audition chain. First via skype and then in person when we were whisked into a time-sensitive challenge surrounded by watching eyes. Runa and I flew through our build, giggling like schoolgirls and building each other up while our poor LEGO character lost his eyeball, drinking coffee.
Honestly, just getting to audition and be a part of the process was a win for us. We were able to work so well as a team and create something clever and engaging in a really short amount of time. And then the day was over. A few weeks later we received a call asking our availabilities and mentioning that we’d been shortlisted. And then it was a congratulations, and Runa and I had to come to terms with being part of the actual program! What a thought. The brain sisters building LEGO on national TV! We talked about our styles and planned out builds that we might like to take part in. We contemplated our fellow teammates and worried about the actual competition, but ultimately, we decided to just have fun. One thing I am really grateful for was Runa’s ability to say yes instead of no. We developed a really positive way to communicate our ideas and plans with each other.