I arrived home from the Auditions in Tampa about 4 hours ago. It was a "No" for me also in the 1st round, but I had a great time and met a lot of great people
I also saw a lot of good inventions. I even got interviewed by the host of the show Nick Smith. He and the camera crew caught me by surprise.
I must of had a silly look on my face when they shoved the camera in my face because everyone started laughing.
I was part of the group that had to wait until Sunday to audition, I was finished by about 3:00 and headed for home to South East Florida. I had to audition with the judge in room "C". Word went out that the judge in room "C" was evil and said "No" to everyone. She was not mean at all, at least not to me. I found that all of the members of the staff and crew were nice and helpful. I gave my presentation and demonstrated how my invention worked. She said I gave a great presentation and that I had a good invention and that I was very creative. She spent some time discussing my invention with the guy on the computer before she told my no. She also said that its was just that they had saw so many other good inventions that they could not say yes to everyone
I was okay with her explanation, I did not ask for it.
They could only select one person from Tampa to appear on the show as a semi-finalist. So even though I knew that I had a great invention and would have liked to have been the one they selected, there were many people there that had equally or better inventions then mine and they did not make it through either.
So I really could not take it personal when they said no. Those judges in the first round knew that they were turning away good inventions and in some case like mine they said so.
I know a lot of people put in a lot of time and money preparing for this audition, but they have to realize that it is a reality show and there were only 6 spots available, one per location. Just like any reality show, play, or movie that you may decide to audition for there are only a limited number of spots available. There had to be somewhere between 1000 and just over 1300 people auditioning and thatâ€™s a lot of competition for only 1 spot.
Now that I have had the opportunity to go through their audition process and was able to see first hand that it was more about putting on a show for entertainment rather then a search for the next great invention, its not something I need to do again.
I must add that unlike the other locations. There were places to sit, I did not see the employees at the hotel stopping people from taking chairs to sit on. There was food made available for as little as $5.00 for a sandwich combo for everyone at the audition. The weather was not too bad either.
I have no regrets, it was a great experience for me