Real Housewives of Dallas cast member Brandi Redmond is no stranger to performing in front of thousands of people. She was a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader for five years before she started her family.
Redmond has a few insider tips for those auditioning for the squad over the next several weeks:
Be yourself, but be prepared
"The most important thing is to be yourself and have fun with it," Redmond said. "If you're not being yourself, the judges can see through that."
"The [Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders] are the best of the best. You have to be prepared when you go into it," Redmond said. "Some people wing it, and some people practice for years and years."
Know the style
Redmond said the style has evolved over the years. She described it as country flair mixed with hip-hop. It's showy with lots of pomp and glamour.
"All of the moves are very big so that the people at the top of the stadium can see," she said.
There is someone for everyone
"It is not a team of cookie-cutter cheerleaders like everyone thinks," Redmond said. "They want all different sizes of women, everyone is fit, but there is no height or age requirement."
Respect the vets
Those who make it into training camp will want to pay close attention to the veteran cheerleaders. Everyone has to re-audition for each season, so those who have made the cut will know what the judges are looking for.
"The biggest thing is to show you really care and show respect for the veterans," Redmond said. "They are going to be your biggest motivator because they are the ones who are practicing with you."
Don't be discouraged if you don't make it
Redmond said she didn't make it her first time out and that anyone who auditions should use the experience as a way to learn and do better the next year.
"If you don't make it the first time, keep trying — dreams do come true," she said. "It is a lot of sweat and a lot of tears, but once you make it to the finish line, it is so worth it."