American Ninja Warrior – Casting Guide

  • Contestants: 600 per Season
  • Top Prize: $500,000
  • Selectivity: 4 Star
American Ninja warrior wrapped up season six in September 2014, and it have produced huge stars like Brian Arnold, Kacy Catanzaro, and Joe Moravsky. The show appears on NBC and is one of the most demanding fitness based shows . Each season begins with 100 people trying to make it through one of five regional courses. The 15 people who complete the all the obstacles the fastest will be invited to the national finals which take place in Las Vegas.

The national finals are called “Mount Midoriyama” and have the top 15 from each region with an additional 15 wildcard contestants who are moved through by the producers. The wildards are usually people who have compelling stories that the audience would be interested in seeing take on the finals. The final obstacle course is divided into four stages which all must be completed in order to win the show and grand prize. The first stage is considerably harder than any of the regional courses and filters out around 75% of the contestants.

The second stage is a beast of an upper body workout as it has many hanging style obstacles back to back without any opportunity for rest. This stage usually whittles the contestants down to five or less. In 2014, only two contestants were able to complete this stage and move on to the third stage. The third stage has never been finished by an individual competitor in America. It has been finished multiple times in the world finals, and these successful runs will help future contestants. The fourth stage is a 77 foot rope climb that.

American Ninja Warrior Casting Tips

When creating a casting video, it’s important to illustrate that you have the physical prowess to tackle the course as well as a personality that can make good television. One of the CastingMaster’s favorite audition submissions was Chris Romrell’s submission below. He was able to demonstrate a lot of personality and make the video funny to watch. Additionally, his montage really removed all doubt in his ability on the course, and best of all he began with a major accomplishment which for him was doing well on a previous season of the show. If you haven’t been on the show before, that’s ok most applicants haven’t, but try to find something that you can use as your “Claim to fame” whether that’s as big as being in the Olympics or as small as being a high school athlete. Our second video is one that spends a lot of time demonstrating a lot of physical ability. We included this one as it has more examples of the types of stunts you want to include in your video.

Applicant Restrictions:

  • Must be 18+ Years Old
  • Must be a US Resident

American Ninja Warrior Regional Tryouts

The list of cities and dates have not been set for the 2015 season of American Ninja Warrior. We will keep this page updated and sent out an announcement via twitter once the show’s production team makes the announcement.


Online Applications

A couple of months prior the the competition starting, the show’s casting team will create a site with a signup form. This is usually a quick eight question form that asks for a link to a video upload.

Finally, if you applied to be on this show, we’d love to hear your story whether or not you were selected to appear on air. Feel free to click the link below to share your story with us and our┬áreaders.