The America’s Got Talent Atlanta audition experience: In this short little blarticle I will take you through the America’s Got Talent audition process as I experienced it. If you are one of the many talented Americans who wish to try out I hope you prepare and work hard because you can do it. Over this past weekend I had the pleasure of going through the audition process from beginning to end and I am happy to describe it to those who are considering auditioning in the future. It is a very efficient process and you’ve got to be ready when you are called.
Cold and early, that’s how it starts. The America’s Got Talent auditions draw thousands of people at each city they visit. In order to be sure you’ll even be seen it is wise to arrive very early in the morning and be prepared to stay throughout the day. They’ll keep you busy, don’t worry. There is plenty of activity throughout the process that goes along with the actual audition and they expect everyone to participate.
The audition we attended was held in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st. We drove from Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday to be well rested on Sunday morning. The event was held at the America’s Mart 2 building in downtown Atlanta and luckily for us the warmer weather had already arrived in Atlanta and we didn’t freeze our eyebrows off as we did leaving Louisville the morning before.
We woke up around 4:00 am in our hotel, the Homewood Suites located just outside the metro area. When we arrived at the event there were already at least 200 people in line, which isn’t bad at all except it was an hour before they even started letting people in. We arrived at six am and we got in around 7:30. The first thing that they do is line you up in groups of about 20 and walk you into the building. You are quickly screened by security and informed that any photography or recording will result in disqualification. Immediately after you line up to register. If you have pre-registered over the internet this process is much faster, you’ll want to do this so you can concentrate on your audition when you get there.
After you have received your number and paperwork you proceed to the third floor (in this case) and are given a place to sit until a large enough group of people have gathered. When a few hundred have reached this area you proceed to do “crowd shots.” This consists of all contestants standing in a designated area with 3 large cameras and lights on them. A man with a bullhorn then instructs the crowd in chanting the names of the participating cities in the audition process. This process can go on a few hours and you are expected to participate. When it is time for your audition group to proceed you are led directly to the audition area.
Once you have reached your audition room (there are many, separated by type of act) you are instructed to sit quietly until it is time to go in. This is important, you will have no warm up and you must be quiet while waiting so be sure to warm up diligently in the days preceding the audition. When it is time you are led into the audition room with up to nine other acts. All ten of you will audition one after the other. You are instructed to stand in front of a white backdrop with three people driving laptops and video cameras facing you. Each act gets ninety seconds to perform and the three “judges” keep a straight face and inform the entire group that they are very talented and may be hearing from them in the next few weeks. Don’t be discouraged by this, just keep in mind that there are thousands of contestants videos to review. Just do your best and hope for the best, this is all you can do.
This is the entire audition process and it can take all day. If you want to try out for a show like this one then take it seriously and do your warm ups before you get there. Practice constantly in the weeks before and decide on what you are going to do early. If you try out in the future best of luck and I hope you make it.