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Shark Tank announces open casting call dates and locations

Have you invented the next big thing? Got a great idea? Want to share the future of your growing business with a successful entrepreneur? Then get ready to swim with the 'Sharks' of ABC's hit reality show 'Shark Tank' at upcoming open casting calls to be held in three locations including San Diego.

Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban refers to entrepreneurs who come into the tank just for PR purposes as 'gold diggers.'
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Audition for your chance to swim with the Sharks of ABC's Shark Tank
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Each of the first 500 applicants to arrive at a Shark Tank open audition location will have one full minute to pitch their product, business, or idea to the casting team, who ask that contestants 'come prepared to wow and dazzle us.'

Open castings for Shark Tank are open to the general public, but only the first 500 arrivals will secure a wristband for entry to meet the casting directors. Contestants must also bring a completed application packet.

In 2013 the Television Critics Association awarded 'Shark Tank' with Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming. During each episode contestants may win the opportunity of an investment in their business, product or idea by one or more of the 'Sharks.'

Photos: Meet the Sharks of ABC's reality series Shark Tank

Shark Tank auditions are scheduled for open call dates at the following locations:

Salisbury, Maryland - Friday, May 9th
Salisbury University, Perdue School of Business
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
10:00 am to 4:00 pm - Interviews

Columbus, Ohio - Friday, May 16th
The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference and Expo
Hyatt Regency
350 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
10:30 am to 12:30 pm - Wristbands distributed
11:30 am - Interviews begin

Denver, Colorado - Friday, May 30th
Infinity Park Event Center
4400 East Kentucky Avenue
Glendale, CO 80246
10:00 am to 12:00 pm - Wristbands distributed
11:00 am - Interviews begin

San Diego, California - Saturday, June 7th
Coleman University
8888 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123
9:00 am to 11:00 pm - Wristbands distributed
10:00 am - Interviews begin

Wondering what to expect at an audition for Shark Tank? Be prepared for long lines early in the morning for the first 500 people seeking a wristband.

Photos: Top Model open casting calls

Unlike talent competition shows like American Idol and America's Got Talent featuring supermodel Heidi Klum, where the judges often appear at open auditions, you shouldn't expect to see the Sharks at the open casting - and for good reason. They are hard-working business people, busy working with entrepreneurs like you to grow the businesses they invest in during the show. Further, all pitches must be a surprise to the Sharks during filming. So if you know one of the Sharks, or try to contact them ahead of time before meeting them during a taping of the actual show, you will be disqualified.

Attending an open casting is one of two ways to try out for Shark Tank. If you are unable to make it to the open calls, click here for information on how to submit your original product or idea to Shark Tank on ABC.

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