- White Belt
- Posts: 1
- Joined: Thu Apr 05, 2007 12:59 pm
- Location: NJ/NYC
Hey all. My first post here, but I figured I might as well chime in about the NYC auditions.
This was my first time ever explaining my invention to anyone, but the response was overwhelmingly positive from everyone who heard about it. The main reason I even went to the auditions was to get feedback, and if I moved on past that, fantastic. If not, at least I would know if the idea could work in an actual retail market.
I got on line around 6:30-6:45 (it took a while to find the end of it) and that line snaked through NYC, I think about 5 blocks (Not all the way around, just the length), and people were still trying to get on line well after 8 in the morning. The rain started around 9:45-10:00 and did not let up until I was about to actually go in the building...around 4:30. However, the crowd was surprisingly friendly for such horrid conditions. The major problem was a lack of communication between the indoor staff and the outside staff, meaning no one in line knew what was going on. I had done a couple reality auditions before, so I pretty much knew I would get inside based on the length and pace of the line, but I also knew that the line would be cut off probably close to 5:00 and maybe 75-100 inventors behind me (and I was right). They did offer a pre-registration and guaranteed audition for the next day (today) starting at 7:30 in the morning for anyone who wanted to leave the rain but didn't want to give up on the audition, so at least they tried to account for the weather as best as they could.
Once inside, the auditions were so smooth. The staff was very sincere and apologetic about the conditions we suffered through and were grateful that so many people showed up. Some people were even able to get hair dryers to help save their presentation pieces as much as possible.
It was stressed very clearly in the paperwork given to auditioners once inside that the first audition was not a pitch, but an interview, where you would introduce yourself, describe your invention, your inspiration, and how you went about making it. The 2 minute time limit was strictly enforced unless they were on the fence about whether your idea was right for the show. One person who went before me was sent out of the room and told they were going to take ten minutes to discuss his invention before letting him know (he moved on). My audition/interview took about 5-6 minutes because the idea I presented seemed both very simple and very unique that they wanted to know everything I knew about similar products on the market (none), patent conflicts (none that I could find), or any information on products currently in development that might present a challenge in obtaining a patent (none that I know of). The judge point blank said she was absolutely torn about what to do, since she really wanted to move me on (she liked me as a person, she liked my idea, she liked my prototype, she liked my additional visual aids, and she liked how I explained what the development process and future applications could be for it) because of the strength of the idea, but passed because there were other inventions that, while not similar to what I presented in function, were similar in category (apparently she had already passed through a few people with inventions relating to bags/luggage before I saw her) and I didn't move on (which also seems to indicate that if had lined up before the listed earliest line-up time of 6 AM I probably would have moved on). But I was strongly encouraged to pursue protection for the idea and try to sell it as is (no further development necessary in her eyes, I slightly disagree) to different markets.
So while the line-up conditions were the absolute worst I have ever experienced, the actual audition process was far more smooth and fair than any I've been to before (and not just for reality shows, I'm speaking from extensive experience auditioning for film, television, music, and theater) and if there is a third season, I will be coming back with more than one idea that would provide for a bit more interesting television without sacrificing the integrity of quality inventions.