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CIC Inventors on TV

CIC inventors are often seen worldwide on all sorts of TV shows. Many requests come into the CIC from shows such as Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CyberChase, American Inventor, Zoom, and Everyday Edisons as well as local broadcasters.

The CIC encourages kids to develop relationships with the media with parental permission, of course. A trip to the studios offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience a real-life television production environment. Plus, it gives kids the chance for national exposure, and who knows,…maybe your child's idea will be licensed and marketed by someone watching the show. Three of CIC's kids (pictured with Producer Alyssa) were featured on Ellen, in one of Ellen's more memorable episodes that garnered nearly 600,000 hits on YouTube(TM)!

If you have a great invention and wish to be featured on these shows, here's what you can do to get your name in front of these shows.

Make an audition video. Show producers are looking for all sorts of invention ideas, but the delivery of the invention pitch is important as well. Producers like kids that will relate well to their host – kids that are outgoing, funny, expressive, and, in general, great kids. Don't know what to do for an audition video? Check out the direct well-rounded wholesome audition video from Rico Biggart showcasing his "Spritz-Brush", the creative "pseudo-News-Interview technique used by Jack Rogerson's edible Round A Bun invention , or try to emulate the spirit and humor shown in Gabi Bradley's safety invention for your "bottom" called the "Rear-Gear". These videos may also be used to model your presentation to judges if the CIC Annual Invention Convention has not occurred yet. Be sure to include your full name, phone, in the video.

Upload your video to the CIC YouTube(TM) or directly onto YouTube(TM) (in a private channel). Your video may be uploaded to the CIC's YouTube(TM) channel for review by the producers presently casting for student inventors for their shows. Your video will be held on line for one year from the time of submission if stored on the CIC Channel. If you store your video on your private channel, you should share the video link to Producers requesting your video, or with a member of the CIC working with you and/or the various show producers.

If you use the CIC Channel on YouTube(TM) complete the casting call form. Complete the form that will be submitted to all available producers holding casting calls at the moment. Casting Calls are unpredictable and come in at anytime. Having your video and completed form online will make you instantly eligible for those occasions.

The CIC may also feature highlighted audition videos on its site to help publicize your child's invention.
Upload your video and submit a casting call form here

Frequently Asked Questions

Would you like to view a few very creative sample Audition videos that landed two CICers on national talk-shows?

Take a peek at the two sample audition video from Rico Biggart or Jack Rogerson. These videos may also be used to model and enhance your presentation to judges at the Annual CT Invention Convention (CIC Finals).

New to YouTube?

Read the following Introduction Primer to YouTube to gain insight how to use YouTube.

Does it cost anything to be on the show?

In general, no. Costs of appearance – including transportation, food, and lodging -- is typically provided by the show itself – even if this is all the way in Hollywood, CA! The cost is generally for the student and one parent or guardian.

What do the shows look for?

It's easy to produce your own video audition video ... simply be creative, and BE YOURSELF.

Kid's have a natural playful streak, one that can be harnessed and used to achieve success in any endeavor. Einstein once said, "Play is the Highest form of Research", a phrase the CIC wholeheartedly endorses.

Play is creative, comes from your imagination, and can teach kids new ways of learning.

To make a great audition video, here are some tips:

  1. Write down a little of what you wish to get across, like:
  2. What does this invention do, how does it work, and what problem does it solves?
  3. Did you have any funny things happen to you or your test subjects testing your device?
  4. What inspired you to invent this invention?
  5. Did you fail during the invention process? (Remember "Failing" is a Learning process ... Edison's team failed 900 times before finding the right materials for the light bulb. Edison then said about failure, "I learned 900 ways how NOT to invent the lightbulb, and ONE way to invent the lightbulb.)
  6. Have you started to market your invention. What's been the response?
  7. BE NATURAL... do not appear like you are reading a script.
  8. Include your full name, your phone, and your invention's name at the beginning of the tape, so the producers can find you, if they choose to extend an invitation.
  9. Practice a little before recording your video. Try different approaches – that's the great thing about an audition video, you can keep trying until you get it just right.


I've been contacted by a show, how do I know they are legitimate?

If children or parents have any questions to the validity of shows, their producers, or if children are solicited without parental permission, please contact us with the details, so we can review the legitimacy and take appropriate actions to prevent illegitimate or improper behaviors.

Check out these
Ellen Videos!

Kyle and his "Flip-O-Bed"

Gabrielle and her "Fashion Friend"

Kyle and his "Laptop Levitator"

More Video Links: CIC Kids on Ellen 2

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