Just over two weeks ago, Emma Minigan of Inuvik made a video she was initially too embarrassed to share with even her Facebook friends.
That same video has now received over 2,700 hits on Youtube and secured her a spot in the top 40 for MuchMusic’s reality TV series contest, the search for the popular Canadian channel’s next video jockey (VJ).
“I was jumping on the couch, running up and down my apartment’s hallways when I found out I made it to the top 40,” Minigan said. “I’ve always wanted to do this; I’ve just been too scared.”
Minigan, 26, submitted her video application two days before the contest closed. It was the first time she ever edited a video and one of the few times she’d been in front of a camera.
“I didn’t think I did a very good job and I was embarrassed to admit to people one of the things I’ve always wanted to do was become a VJ. Then, finally, I thought I’m just going to go for it and try,” she said.
Minigan and friend Johnny “Bubba” Kaglik show off parts of Inuvik during the video, highlighting the snow and demonstrating how cold it is by throwing water in the air and watching it evaporate before it hit the ground.
“I think the video shows my personality. I love all kinds of music and my favourite thing to do is meet people…I’m not afraid to ask those quirky questions no one else does.”
Minigan, originally from Deep River, Ont., moved to Inuvik in November. She is currently waitressing at Tonimoes Restaurant in the Mackenzie Hotel.
According to Minigan, she is one of the few people who have ever submitted a video application from the NWT to the music contest.
“I think that may be a huge reason why I was picked, too,” she said. “I’d love to be able to bring MuchMusic to Inuvik and have them go to the smaller Northern communities as well because people don’t realize there are huge fans up here.”
After the polls closed for fans to vote online, MuchMusic began announcing contestants in the top 20 yesterday and will be revealing four names per day.
Cameras will begin documenting the “on-the-road” eliminations of the top 20 contestants as they travel and compete across Canada on the Much VJ tour bus, starting in Vancouver. The show airs Monday.
“My gut is constantly turning,” Minigan said. “No matter what happens, I plan to go forward in this arena, career-wise. If anything, this has given me added confidence.”
For more about Minigan and other VJ hopefuls, check out www.muchmusic.com/vjsearch.