Hundreds turn out for 'Shark Tank' casting call, part 2

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Hundreds of local entrepreneurs are vying for a shot at success. Friday, Salt Lake Community College hosted a casting call for the ABC hit series, "Shark Tank."

People lined up on the Student Center sidewalk, hoping their ideas will become the nation's next big thing.

Is it the "Slow Sinking Sinker"?

"This is what's going to make me famous..." said Steve Smith, who invented the fishing tool. "It's displaced with lead and styrofoam, and it sinks about as slow as I'm dropping it..." he demonstrated.

Or, what about a new and improved bib?

"I call it, 'The Bib-up,' so it's a regular bib, but it has a ribbed collar on it..." said Doreen Avila, another entrepreneur. "Also, I have one for seniors!" she said.

And do not forget a flexible, fashionable foot protection device available in assorted colors.

"We created 'Skindles...'" said Blake Ishmael, who travelled from Colorado with his wife to audition. "My wife -- she travels for a living, and she wears high heels to the airport all the time, and she has to take off her shoes and go barefoot, and she hates that," he explained.

Despite their wide variety of ideas, the hundreds of entrepreneurs waiting around SLCC all had one thing in common: They want funding and marketing help for thier products.

"At this stage in the game, we're not necessarily as concerned about what they're pitching, it's how they pitch it. We want to see that energy, that passion, how much do they care about this? That's what we're looking for today," explained Scott Salyers, Supervising Casting Director for Shark Tank.

The entrepreneurs file in in groups of 20. Then, each person has just one minute to pitch their idea and answer any questions.

The "preliminary sharks," if you will, avoid showing any reaction, either way. The applicants who make it to the next round will find out in about two weeks' time.

Most of them walked out seeming pretty hopeful.

"[The interviewer] seemed to like it a lot, especially when we showed her all the different colors," Ishmael said after his audition.

Show producers are reviewing nearly 40,000 applications this season, alone. After two more rounds of call-backs, about 150 entrepreneurs will "swim with the sharks."

The next stop in this season's casting call is Brigham Young University on Saturday morning. Auditioners are required to bring an official application with them, which they can find on the following website:

http://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank/open-call

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