Ready for the Spotlight? Here’s How to Audition for ‘America’s Got Talent’

Contestants of America’s Got Talent stand in front of the judges on stage.
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Ready to propel yourself from relative obscurity to a stage in front of millions of viewers? Here’s your chance to shine on NBC’s hit TV show “America’s Got Talent.”

The audition crew is on the road to find the diamonds in the rough for season 14. Open-call auditions will be held in eight different cities across the nation from November 2018 to February 2019.

America’s Got Talent Season 14 Audition Dates and Locations

Auditions have already taken place in New York, Detroit, and Knoxville, Tennessee. But there are other opportunities to prove yourself.

  • Morongo Valley, California, Nov. 30, 2018.
  • Tampa, Florida, Dec. 10, 2018.
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, Dec. 15, 2018.
  • San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 11, 2019.
  • Los Angeles, California, Feb. 9, 2019.

If you don’t live near any of these cities, don’t worry. You can submit a video audition instead.

How to Apply to ‘America’s Got Talent’

There are a few steps involved before you can show the world what they’ve been missing. Even if you have signed up and auditioned with the show before, you will need to do so again for the latest season.

Eligibility Requirements

Nothing is worse than being discounted on a technicality. Make sure you’re eligible to participate before you sign up. The good news is that we’ve read the fine print, so you don’t have to.

The big takeaways: You must be a United States citizen, legal permanent resident or hold a current employment authorization card at the time of the audition. Minors may audition, but they must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Also, you can’t be currently running for public office… thankfully. We don’t need politics interrupting our time with Simon Cowell, right? You must agree not to run for public office until a year afterward, too. Sorry in advance if you were looking to “America’s Got Talent” to jump-start your campaign.

Audition Registration Process

If you fit the bill so far, you’ll need to head over to the ”America’s Got Talent” audition website to create a “performer profile” for season 14. For applicants interested in auditioning in person, you will need to register for the nearest city and fill out some paperwork on the type of performance you’re planning.

Solo fire juggler? K-pop dance group? Or maybe you yodel while shepherding a flock of corgis?

Whatever your act entails, you’ll need to bring the appropriate paperwork with you, along with a valid ID.

Tips to Nail Your Audition

The “America’s Got Talent” website has some general guidelines to make sure your act is worthy of public berating by Simon Cowell.

Here’s some advice to set you apart:

  • Singers, be ready to belt your heart out. There are no mics in the audition rooms.
  • Make sure your act is fit to perform at a theatre in front thousands of people.
  • For dancers, one or two full songs are best for performances. It’s difficult to secure rights to medleys for broadcast.
  • Bring any relevant equipment with you, and have your music files downloaded. Don’t stream your music.
  • Be fearless and original, and make sure to dress to impress.

And a personal tip, if you want to shake it up: Consider the winners of the last few seasons — a music-themed magician, a ventriloquist and a ukulele playing singer-songwriter for seasons 13, 12 and 11, respectively.

Maybe your talents are more fit for other shows? Here’s how to apply to nine of the most popular game shows that are open to applicants.

Good luck, Penny Hoarders!

Adam Hardy is an editorial assistant on the Make Money team at The Penny Hoarder. He lives off a diet of stale puns and iced coffee. Read his full bio here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.