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What Makes a Good Audition
This is a guide to writing for OCTs.  Every medium and genre of writing is unique and should be approached in a different way, but if you keep the following things in mind when you write for OCTs your audition and character will come across much stronger and be more likely considered for a roster position.
Judges and your general audience alike are typically looking for three major factors when they read your audition: Interesting Characters, A Unique Plot, and Clarity of Storytelling.  If your audition does not excel in at least one of these areas you will almost certainly be looked over when it comes time for judging no matter how slick and professional your art is.
Interesting Characters
I firmly believe that there is no such thing as a bad character.  Any character, if presented well, can be interesting--be they Human, alien, psychotic, or cliché.
The trick you need to employ is treating the character in a way that supp
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OCT Advice from the PMOCT Host
OCT Advice, according to the PMOCT Host
I've been asked to provide some thoughts on how to create and manage an OCT.  And, as with everything I do, I was unable to keep it simple.  So, here are my (incredibly verbose) thoughts on the subject.  Some of this summarizes things that I did that worked well for me.  Others come from mistakes and lessons learned.  Take this with a grain of salt!  I am a highly structured and organized person.  I write EVERYTHING down, breath spreadsheets and to-do lists, and keep about three or four calendars.  What works for me may not work for you!  Hopefully these thoughts will give you something to think about, but ya gots ta find your own path!  
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CREATING AN OCT
-  Start with a Mission Statement
-  Making Rules
-  Define your Judging Criteria
-  Balancing Environment with Freedom
-  C
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Okay, OCT crowd. Huddle up.
Folks. Folks. Come on now. You are killing me. Do you want to kill me? Is that it? Have I done something to wrong you? I survived evilcolonitis for this?
End, you old nut, what in blazes are you going on about? Off your medication again? Nah, I'm talking about the majority of Original Character Tournaments (OCT) here on DA. The fact that there is a glut of such things isn't what's bothering me either.
It's what some people are choosing to do with these tournaments that is just driving an icepick into my eye.
Here, let me impart this to you. Come closer. Do you want to know the secret to making an awesome artistic tournament? Okay.  
SIMPLICITY. OH MY GOD. SAY IT WITH ME. SIMPLICITY SIMPLICITY SIMPLICITY.
This is what makes an OCT run smoothly. Simplicity. It is all you need to complement an interesting premise that makes people actively want to participate with their characters. You do NOT need a shit ton of gimmicks to make your contest mor
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