Here at InTheSharkTank, we get questions every single day from hopeful entrepreneurs about the show’s casting process, deadlines, and just about everything related to casting that you can think of. I was thankful to recently interview a source very much “in the know” with the ins and outs of Shark Tank’s casting process, and was able to pass on some of the most common questions that we receive.
We’re happy to provide this “insider” information to all the Shark Tank fans/viewers out there, and if you have more questions, please comment at the bottom of this post!
Question: How many applicants do you anticipate there might be for Season 4? (We heard over there were around 10K applicants for Season 3). Do you have a rough idea of how many have already applied?
Answer: This season we anticipate just as many Entrepreneurs to apply and even surpass it. Especially now with our 22 episode pick up.
Q: With a 22 episode season just announced, does that change anything about this round of casting and your team’s role in finding the right mix of applicants?
A: This doesn’t change anything except for the fact that we need MORE entrepreneurs with great companies, businesses and products. It’s a great benefit for everyone applying.
Q: Are there any “cut offs” as far as date for applicants to send in their info via e-mail? Or is there a fixed number of applicants that you’ll accept?
A: With our recent 22 order episode pick up, we will be casting much longer and through the summer. Probably into mid-August and then we will be wrapping things up.
Q: What do you look for in a good application? Is there an obvious (or even unexpected) piece that adds credibility or boosts an applicant’s chances of moving forward?
A: This is a great but tough question. The great thing about our show is we take Entrepreneurs across the board – from prototypes to companies that are making millions of dollars a year – so just make sure to answer each question thoroughly and honestly
Q: Can you give us a peak into the process for an applicant? We’ve heard reports that are kind of all over the board for the last round as far as what applicants can expect.
A: I can’t talk about this – sorry.
Author’s Note: To me this means that the casting process can be very different for each applicant, which we probably should have known already. Thanks to our insider for letting us know that this info is off-limits
Q: Do you have any “favorite” applicants from the current or past seasons that you’ve helped find?
A: I can tell you that I have helped to find tons of companies/entrepreneurs that have appeared on the show…but a few that stand out are Daisy Cakes, Kisstixx, Blondie’s Cookies, CoverLugg etc….
Q: If we didn’t cover it in other questions, or there any other items on your “do” and “don’t” list for applicants?
A: Keep your emails succinct.
Q: We’re very excited about the open casting calls that were recently announced. Do you anticipate that any additional cities might get an open casting call this summer?
A: YES! Now that we have the 22 episode pick up – we anticipate 1 more open call. Details soon.
Thanks again to our insider for answering these “burning questions” about casting for Season 4. As soon as we know more about the location of the yet-to-be-announced open casting call, we’ll let you know!
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