About Deaf's Got Talent

Deaf’s Got Talent is a fun online event to raise funds to provide services to underrepresented deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and deaf disabled community members.

How It Works

Watch our Host Justin explain some important rules to have a fair and fun competition.

Entry is open until Feb. 28, 2023 at DeafsGotTalent.com!

(golden sparkles spread across a black background to reveal the golden “Deaf’s Got Talent” logo. Then white text “DeafsGotTalent.com” appears. Fade out to show Host Justin Perez signing with a gray background and golden sparkles on left and right sides. On left side, Deaf’s Got Talent logo. On right side, “Beneficiary Organization: GLAD”)

JUSTIN: Hello! I’m Justin (name sign). Are you ready for Deaf’s Got Talent? Same, we can’t wait to watch your talent! First, some rules we all need to know for a fair and fun competition. You ready?

Our first rule: If you want to enter by yourself or as a group, you all must be deaf.* When we say “deaf”, we also mean hard of hearing, deafblind, and deaf disabled people. You’re all welcome to enter this competition!

Second, the video you send to enter our 1st Round must be less than 30 seconds. If you move to our 2nd and Final Rounds, you get more video time! How do you get to the Final Round? Based on scores from our Judges, plus votes from audience. We combine both to determine who moves to the Final Round! You must submit a new video in each new Round.

Judges will only judge you based on your talent, that’s it. We will not judge your studio or camera quality. We will only look at your talent. Please do not include any effects or visuals in your video. Only your talent matters to us…unless your talent is Video Editing! Then we will judge that.

Next, after you videotape your talent, it must be uploaded to an online platform. For example, YouTube, Dropbox, Vimeo, etc. so we can watch you.

Now, your performance must be accessible. For example, if you have sound, then include captions or interpretation. Make sure to film yourself clearly, then our team will develop video descriptions so everyone can access your talent.

Your performances must be family-friendly so all ages can watch, without any inappropriate or harmful content. No nudity, discrimation, prejudice, or sexually-explicit content. Nothing negative, so that everyone can enjoy your talent. This way, people of all ages can watch and vote for your talent!

For more information, visit our Terms & Conditions online. If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us!
See you in our 1st Round, coming soon! Bye!

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Any deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and deaf disabled individual can compete and showcase their talent in Deaf’s Got Talent.

The winner of the competition will get $500.00 and bragging rights! Runner-ups in 2nd and 3rd place will win $250.00 and $100.00 respectively.

There are 3 rounds to the competition – qualifiers, semi-finals, and finals. In each round, contestants must submit a video showcasing their talent. Talents can be anything!

Examples: Ventriloquism, Dog Tricks, Dance, Comedy, Magic, Martial Arts, Miming, Acrobatics, Gymnastics, ASL Slam, Theatre, Skateboarding, BMX Biking, Painting, or Sculpting. If you don’t see your talent here, we encourage you to enter anyway!

Professional judges will watch each entry, comment, and give a score from lowest (1) to highest (5). The audience will get also get to vote for their favorite contestant. The top 10 from the qualifiers move on to the semi-finals and the next top 5 will move on to the finals.

Regardless of who wins, the goal is to come together and support our community members in need while having fun!

Meet Your Host

Meet Your Judges

Beneficiary Organization

Proceeds from Deaf’s Got Talent will support services for low-income deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and deaf disabled consumers impacted by COVID-19.

The recipient organization providing services is Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, Inc. (GLAD). GLAD serves 10 counties in Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Kern, Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Inyo, Mono, ad San Bernardino Counties.

GLAD provides services in the areas of advocacy, communication assistance, senior housing, employment assistance, family advocacy, deaf coaching, independent living, peer counseling, among others.

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