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Five ways to pass the time while waiting for the season 14 casting calls

You sent in the application. Now what?

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Congratulations! You sent in your application to be part of season 14 of American Ninja Warrior! (The deadline was Friday, December 10.) That video and questionnaire took you a long time. You put a lot of effort into it. Give yourself a pat on the back!

It’s going to be a while before “the calls” start going out (that’s when the casting producers start calling the selected applicants to give them the good news). It was late January when the calls for season 13 started going out. If we’re on that same cadence this time around, it means we have about a month to wait before we find out anything.

So... Now what? The anticipation is real!

First, keep in mind that you’ve done all you can do for the moment and try to find comfort in that. Obsessing about what you could have done differently only adds really unnecessary stress. So find ways to keep busy and the days will fly by! In fact, we have some suggestions for you. We already know you’re training and you’re going to keep training. So here are five OTHER ways to pass the time.

1.) Apply to become a Neighborhood Ninjas mentor. You COULD inspire all of us on the show in 2022, but you could also change one kid’s life. Both seem pretty darn important to us.

2.) Rewatch as much American Ninja Warrior as possible. Considering it studying. Depending on your cable provider, you might be able to get free access to Peacock (NBC’s streaming service and home to American Ninja Warrior episodes).

3.) Take up a time-consuming new hobby to distract yourself. We’re not sure how Nick Hanson had time to make this incredible flipbook, but color us impressed!

4.) Learn a new social media trend. What ARE the kids into these days? Follow Akbar Gbajabiamila for prime examples.

5.) But in all seriousness... Do something for your own mental health. No matter what happens next, it can be stressful. Not getting a call can leave some with feelings of missing out and rejection. Getting the call can set off a deluge of anxiety as you get ready to take a national stage. Either way, take a moment to appreciate YOU and all YOU have done to get to this point! That looks different for everyone. Time with family, time alone, a special treat. Just go enjoy it!

Hopefully, we’ll all be celebrating fresh Ninja Warrior news very soon!