“ Wheel of Fortune hosts, Pat Speak and Anna White told us that genuine game players make it farthest in the competition. “The trick is, just treat it as a fun experience and, you know, it doesn't hurt to watch a show occasionally because there are strategies involved,” said Pat Speak.
My college roommate and I auditioned for Best Friends Week Dallas at the University of North Texas. She met one of the show's big wigs, Lisa Dee, and talked to her about what they were looking for in a contestant.
Before choosing names from the drum, they asked the audience a few trivia questions and handed out prizes. We won a hat, t-shirt, an awesome red fanny pack and a computer game, which came in handy for practice later.
Before leaving the auditorium we drew a cartoon of ourselves doing a victory dance with Lisa Dee calling us to tell us we had been selected. We wrote down every single possible piece of contact information, and Michelle ran up at the end to hand Lisa Dee the paper.
Lovely Lisa Dee passed our cartoon along, and we were called to the final audition at the Wyndham Anatole. Those who weren’t sent home played mock rounds of game, complete with a little wheel and interviews about who you are, where you're from, and why you're best friends.
It was a bummer to be at the taping and not get to be on the show, but all standby contestants get to be on at a later date, so we eventually did get to be on Wheel of Fortune. It's just a matter of getting yourself onto the stage and pushing your luck at the big wheel.
You can find out that information and a lot more by following the steps provided below. First, you need to head over to the application form found on Wheel of Fortune's official website.
It should be noted, however, that if you have appeared on any version of Wheel of Fortune in the past, you are unfortunately no longer eligible to audition for the series. Unlike game shows like The Price Is Right, Jeopardy or Family Feud, to name a few, contestants can't return for another episode.
Also, if you have been on another game show, dating program or relationship or reality program in the past year, you can't partake in this game show either. The same goes for anyone who works for Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. or if you're related to anyone who works for that company, the game show suppliers or any television station that broadcasts the show.
On the Wheel Of Fortune site, under the blue navigation bar that's located under the header photo, you'll want to direct yourself to “CONTESTANTS.” In addition to the online form option listed above, a potential contestant can also submit a video to the producers in their “Face Of The Fan” contest.
Through this process, eager personalities can send in a 60-second video segments that let producers see them and inquire about contacting them for further review. This option is friendly for people in any city to get themselves out there and make a good impression.
The wonders of technology have done a lot for society, including making this process a bit easier. If you want more information about this process, go to the website link and follow the instructions provided.
It should be noted that this option, while certainly a lot easier for some tech-savvy people, might not be the best way to go for other folks. Every year, a million people audition for Wheel Of Fortune.
If you don't think you have the sharp video skills to make a great impression in 60-seconds, you might want to try the written application instead. This bright yellow bus is big, and it's hard to miss.
It drives throughout the country, looking for eager and enthusiastic game show lovers who want to press their luck on one of the biggest game shows in history. Thousands of applicants fill out forms, then gather in front of a stage.
The potential contestants play a version of Wheel Of Fortune's speed-up round, and they have the chance to win special show-themed prices. From there, the most promising contestants are asked to return to participate for final auditions for the hit show.
These components will make it clear to the producers that you have what it takes to be a good contestant. There are a lot of ways one can prepare oneself for Wheel Of Fortune.
It's recommended that you watch the show and learn from other players, both in terms of their successes and their failures. If you're familiar with the structure of the show, and you know what is happening and how to excel, that's a great way to make a hell of an impression during your moment under the bright spotlights.
If there's ever a bit of downtime, you have a chance to pull out your console and play the game. It'll only help you play better in the event you get on Wheel of Fortune.
If you're based in LA or if you are visiting, this is certainly one way to make an appearance on television. There's a reason why Wheel of Fortune is one of the most beloved game shows on television.
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That's why this past May when we were staying at my grandmother's house for my cousin's college graduation party, my Aunt Cathy insisted that I go and audition to be a Wheel of Fortune contestant. When my aunt first told me about it, I was skeptical that going there would actually lead to anything, but the prospect of fulfilling my lifelong dream of being on the show was too tempting to casually dismiss an opportunity to at least try.
So, the next day, my mom and I braved the heat and the sporadic rain showers outside Kroger to see if either of us could make it to the Wheel. On the slip, we filled our information like our name, age, contact info, job, education, hobbies, etc.
My mom screamed louder than I did when the announcer called my name. Someone took a headshot to attach to my application slip before I was ushered onstage with four older adults. Although I mentioned I was a ballet dancer, the DJ queued a hip-hop song, and I danced so awkwardly I thought I had failed my audition before they even put the puzzle on the board.
Maybe the Wheel of Fortune people really liked my dancing, or maybe they thought I looked cute in my photograph, or maybe I stood out because I was a college student. Instead of a Kroger parking lot, it took place in a nice hotel conference room and had a business casual dress code.
It was a group audition where everyone took turns playing the game (there were around 40-50 people there) and completed a timed written test. I started and solved the puzzle I received during the game at my audition (Phrase: “Great minds think alike”) and felt extremely confident about my performance on the written test.
At the end of the callback, they said that if we were selected for the contestant pool, we would receive a letter in the mail exactly two weeks from that day. My mom screamed bloody murder in the driveway; I was surprised and concerned when none of the neighbors came out to see if anything was wrong.
I left Miami on a Wednesday night, came back the following Sunday and showed up to class Monday morning as if nothing had happened. It wasn't until the studio gave me the green light the week before my air date that I was allowed to tell people when to tune in to the show.
Everyone, from the other college student contestants to the ladies who did our makeup to the people there to explain the rules of the game and get us pumped to play, was incredibly kind and supportive. Photo Credit: Carol Nelson First, the studio, audience size and the Wheel are a lot smaller in person than they appear on TV.
While all the contestants went through a practice session that morning where we took turns spinning the Wheel, calling/shouting letters and rehearsing our introductions, I still didn't feel 100% prepared for the actual taping. It probably didn't help that I had watched game show fail videos on YouTube the weeks leading up to that day.
The actual taping of my episode, which aired on Monday, April 2, was the fastest 22 minutes of my life. The other two contestants in my episode each won amazing vacations and a lot more money, which, I'll admit, made me feel disappointed in myself.
At home, it's always your turn, you aren't playing for actual money or prizes and there are no real consequences for making a mistake or saying something silly. When you're standing there in front of a camera, the lights shining down on you, a microphone clipped to your sweatshirt, Pat Speak standing beside you, thinking about how you could win real money to start paying off your college loans and only have seconds to decide whether you want to buy a vowel, spin or solve, the puzzles become a lot harder.
I shook Pat Speak's hand and got to see Anna White in yoga pants and a messy bun when she stopped by to say hi to the contestants early that morning. While one of the other things that upset me was that I couldn't pay my parents back for the airfare and hotel (those expenditures aren't covered for contestants, FYI), my dad told me that I didn't have to worry about it as long as I promised to use my winnings for school.
With the money I made on Wheel of Fortune, ” I don't have to stress about the fact that I won't be receiving paychecks this summer and can still cover my fall tuition. My bank account won't receive a huge boost as a result of the show, but it will at least remain stable.
Plus, the support I've received from my friends and family as they tuned in to watch my episode gave me the most incredible feeling in the world. One of my coworkers sent me a picture of my show playing on the flat screens in the restaurant, and my old friends from grade school sent me Snap chats of me on their TVs.
People, even alumni from my university who found me on social media, messaged me for days afterward congratulating me and telling me I did a great job. According to the Wheel of Fortune website, more than one million people applied to be on the show last year, and only 600 were selected.
If you're lucky enough to make it on the show, enjoy every single moment in that studio no matter how much you win. Because if someone had told me when I was sweating in that Kroger parking lot or dancing like a fool on that stage that in less than a year I would win $3,000 on a TV show I'd been watching for as long as I could remember, I would never have believed them.
Thank you to everyone who helped make my Wheel of Fortune aspirations a reality, especially my parents, for being there every step of the way and picking me up when I thought I'd fallen; my Seesaw, for her enthusiastic and unwavering support and prayers; Aunt Cathy, for making sure I got to that first audition; all my other family that it would take a whole other article to list out by name, for your contagious enthusiasm; the fabulous production staff at Wheel of Fortune for the amazing opportunity and infectious energy; and my RA staff at Tap pan Hall, for making sure I got my duty shift covered before I left for LA.