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Chicago Auditions: In the Shark Tank For a Day


ITST: How did they leave it, once you were done?

JJ: Was told there was a one week window and that if they did not hear back within that week, the chances were slim. I cannot disclose whether or not I heard back.

ITST: Looking back, is there anything you wish you did differently?

JJ: As a fan, I can see how the show goes. [On each episode] typically two of them are real businesses to be invested in, and the others are a little kooky and for entertainment value. It just depends on what they’re looking for for that TV season. Is is a product, a business? It just depends on what they’re interested in showing that season, that episode.

platinum2ITST: Do you have any advice for other Shark Tank hopefuls?

JJ: My one piece of advice is to be as animated as possible. You have to figure that they definitely aren’t looking for a “Serious Susan.” They want someone who’s loud, boisterous, exciting to watch, and a good personality for TV. You should also have a good product valuation, and a good product to go along with a good personality. [laughs]Good looks probably help a little bit, too.

ITST: Any final thoughts?

JJ: Overall it was a really fun day. It was a great day and a really good experience, and I’m hoping you guys will see me on television!

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About Author

Carolyn is a 20-something marketing professional from Chicago, and she's been working with InTheSharkTank since August 2011. Some of her favorite past Shark Tank contestants are Litter SF, REMYXX, and Villy Customs. When she's not busy live-tweeting the show, Carolyn likes reading on her Kindle, exploring the city, and getting in touch with her inner Betty Crocker. Google+


  1. Just a correction – the money guy, sound bender guy, and cat drawing guy were NOT trying to sell any products. They were handing out FREE products, and chatting with people in line to try and calm their nerves.

  2. So I have the ultimate workout machine , pat pending, prototype painted , and ready to go How do I get on ???

  3. Danny Gurule on

    I attended the May 24th casting Audition in L.A. I was # 59 in line. My pitch went real good and they liked my product. When i was done, The casting director told me “i like your product we will contact you in two days. That did not happen and i had a feeling it would not. This is not going to stop me. I am working even harder on my product. The name of my product is THE SEAT BELT ASSIST and i do have two patents.

    Danny Gurule

  4. Janie Robertson on

    I arrived in Chicago at shed aquarium on Wednesday, May 8 9:30 AM and there was no one waiting for Shark Tank casting call as of yet. After touring the aquarium eating lunch and sleeping on the bench until about 9:30 PM that’s when other people started arriving. Even though it was against Park regulation myself and four Other contestants slept on the bench all night hiding from police officer. (I was scared as heck). At 9 AM the following morning Thursday, May 9 I was selling applications because contestants had forgot/ did not bring theirs and I had extra I made $65 at five dollars per application. I passed out business cards for entrepreneur’s I mixed mingled and met some amazing people. Past contestants from Shark Tank was there passing out free items of their own. The casting was interesting for my first time doing it. I was and still am more interested in my AlphabeTs being on childrens back then trying to sell myself to producers. I would still love to sell my brain and thoughts to 1 and all of the Sharks/Sharkets. I still love your show if I never get on it. For me it’s not about television fame and money it’s about I have great products that should could and will sell with the appropriate guidance. Overall shark Tank casting call help me get rid of my fear of flying in an airplane I now look at homeless people sleeping Outside on a bench different and I’m still afraid of the dark. So I have More then one thing to be thankful for I love you all friends in my brain in my heart good day

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