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Shark Tank Casting Producer Talks Entrepreneurs and CES

Kelsey Davis, Manager, Digital Media, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

ABC’s Shark Tank is an entrepreneurs’ dream – a chance to pitch their business to an all-star panel of entrepreneurs and business titans like Mark Cuban, Daymond John and Lori Greiner. As we gear up for another Shark Tank Open Call at CES 2018, we had a chance to catch up with Mindy Zemrak, a casting producer for Shark Tank about pitching to the Sharks and her experience working on Shark Tank.

As a casting producer on Shark Tank, what are you looking for in a pitch from an entrepreneur to grab your attention for the show? 

We are always looking for passionate, energetic and hungry entrepreneurs.  That energy and drive is what really grabs our attention.  If they are excited, it get us excited!  

What advice would you give to an entrepreneur looking to get on Shark Tank? What advice would you give them about pitching to the Sharks? 

The best advice I can give to an entrepreneur looking to get on Shark Tank is to be yourself, never give up and show us your energy.  Everyone gets nervous but we want everyone to enjoy the process and relax. Stay true to who you are and keep hustling.  Be proud of what you are bringing to the table and point out what makes you better or different than anything else because that will make you stand out.  And always have fun!

Shark Tank has conducted several open casting calls at CES over the years. Why did Shark Tank select CES as a casting location?   

This is our fourth year returning to CES and we couldn't be more excited!  CES is such an incredible event that showcases what is on the cutting edge of all things tech and consumer; which is on par with what we look for.  It's a great partnership and has resulted in several amazing companies on the show.

What is your favorite part or most memorable moment of working on Shark Tank

I've been on the show since Season 1 and our 10th season is now beginning and 10 years later, by far, my favorite part about working on Shark Tank are all of the incredible entrepreneurs we get to meet.  Their drive, passion and determination really is an inspiration.  They are living the American Dream and it's so exciting to have the chance to experience that. 

Do you want the chance to pitch your business for Shark Tank? Learn more about the Shark Tank Open Call at CES 2018.