How to Apply for Game Shows

Updated April 17, 2017

You may have dreamed of being a contestant on Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune winning thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Or maybe you have thought of a different kind of game show like the Amazing Race, Survivor or American Idol. These shows have a special application process and though producers can be very selective, you may have what it takes to be a game show television star. Just follow a few simple steps and be persistent.

Watch the game show of your choice to prepare for a future audition. This will give you the knowledge you need and will help you know what to expect for a game show audition and appearance. Practice along with the game show contestants and teach yourself how to be an ideal game show guest.

Apply for the game show online or find out all of the details you need to know to audition through the game show website. These websites can sometimes be located through the network website. The game show website will include contact information such as a phone number or e-mail address where you can apply to be a contestant.

Receive a prescreening phone call from producers in some cases, especially if you live outside of the Los Angeles area. If you live in the Los Angeles area, they may call you in to do a live prescreening audition. They will ask you personal details such as your name, place of work, family details and other information.

Visit Los Angeles. Most game shows will not pay for you to fly in for an audition so you will have to visit Los Angeles where most television studios are located. In some cases, like American Idol for example, auditions may be in a city close to you as auditions are often held in several areas around the country. This is a rare exception.

Attend an open-call audition or a scheduled audition, if producers give you a call. Open calls can be found in a Los Angeles newspaper or audition websites. Be yourself but be enthusiastic and confident. Producers are looking for contestants that are not afraid of the camera. You can also become a contestant simply by becoming a member of the studio audience. Game shows like The Price is Right, don't have an audition or application process but they do have long lines of fans waiting outside to get onto the show.

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A writer since 1995, Brooke Turner has been published in the "Duluth News Tribune" and "Ashland Daily Press," as well as various advertising publications. She is a freelance copywriter and the owner and operator of Blue Quill Writing Services in Ottertail, Minn. Turner also maintains two blogs: The Blog of Brooke and Blue Quill Writing.