The process of auditioning for a game show is similar to interviewing for a job. However, the reasons you may not be selected as a television contestant are far more intangible than the sort of specific feedback typically given by a potential employer (e.g., lack of experience or a problem with references). As long as you understand going in that this is a fun, kooky and wholly unpredictable process, you should be able to treat the attempt to get on a game show very much like the game that it is.
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Pick the game show that suits you most. To maximise your chances of being selected as a contestant, think about the way your personal traits match up. Well-read people fare better on "Jeopardy!" Those with wholesome personalities play well to the sensibilities of "The Price is Right." Enthusiastic quick thinkers are a good match for "Wheel of Fortune." Websites for each show explain the contestant application process.
Research your game show. Along with videotaping and watching current episodes of the game show you plan to try out for, use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to connect with those who have recently auditioned and/or appeared on the program. They may provide information that could be the difference between making it through and going home disappointed.
Network with the other would-be contestants. The chances of getting onto a game show are small. But the connections you make at the audition facility with other people cannot only help maximise your chances, but they can also add up to a lasting benefit in the form of friends or potential business colleagues. So remember to work the room.
Keep track of your audition dates. Each game show has specific rules about when failed contestant applicants can return for second or third tries. Make a note of exactly when and where you tried out for a program, so you can return for another audition attempt.
Tips and warnings
- When it comes time for you to actually interview for a game show, let your natural personality shine through. As you go through the interview, your best bet is to remove all other mental distractions such as worrying about what the judges think and whether you picked the right outfit.
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