Since I started my own blog with a creative team, I learnt a lot about applications! Reading others' applications and looking at their blogs thinking "would THEY be a great fit for MY blog?" was a very interesting experience for me, because it helped me to imagine what people might think when looking at my own blog when I apply for DT...
The not so pleasing side of hosting a DT call is of course having to choose... This is so hard! Last time, I would have loved to keep everybody but of course, I couldn't...
I know that my opinion probably doesn't count a lot, as my current DT call is only for a (recent) blog and not for a manufacturer, but here it is: the very first thing I look at is the photos of the projects. I don't want professional quality, but the photos need to be good, with true colors.
The second thing is about the person's work: am I looking for this kind of work ? I know that right now, I would love to have different styles in my creative team. Sometimes, people only apply if they think that they fit the call, while maybe people behind the call are looking for something different!
Lots of people also think they don't have a style, but I can tell you this is not true: people often can't see their own style but most of people have one.
If you want to be part of a big team, starting by a smaller team can be a good thing, and this is the reason: you proved that you could assume the team work. Lots of people are enthousiast at the beginning (as if their main goal was only to "make it" !), but quickly forget the requirements...
A big team needs to be sure of you, and if you assumed a smaller blog DT, it's a good point for you.
Nothing worse than people who give up during their term or who always forget their due date! (Of course, we are all humans and life happens, but what can easily be understood once start to be problematic when all the time, know what I mean?)
Finally, I would say one last thing: don't be shy! Apply even if it's a big team, you can never know what they are looking for! Apply and forget. Maybe you will be surprised? BUT only apply for a team you're really interested by. So always feel free to ask questions about what they are waiting for.
Oh, and if you want to try a small DT... Why not looking at this DT call below? This could be the first step for you for something bigger later!
Scrap Your Scraps DT CALL