One night at trivia, a dude with a blue mohawk stopped by our table and asked us if we wanted to try out for a game show. If you’ve ever met me, you know I instantly said yes.
Later that week, I got a call, then email from the producer asking me in for a specific time. Again, I jumped at the offer and Katie and I showed up together at the Sheraton downtown on Saturday afternoon to audition for “The Chase” – a new show on the Game Show Network.
I’ve been sworn to secrecy as to how the auditions actually went, but I wanted to share a few tips in case you ever get a chance like this. Here are my game show lessons:
- Don’t worry about the dress code. We worked so hard to find good outfits without stripes, patterns, all black, all white – and then people came in wearing everything. Put in a little effort and look presentable, but don’t over-analyze your clothes to see if this polka dot vs. that one is too small to count (True Life: it happened to us).
- Ask about the timing. It was hard to pick an audition time before we knew how long it would take, which we basically had to pry out of the production team (and even then, it was wildly inaccurate). Still, it’s helpful to know if you need to be there for 30 minute shifts or bank on staying for the whole day. Ditto to asking about follow-up auditions – in Boston, they were the day after and mandatory, so one friend didn’t even try out because he knew he was going to be out of town later.
- Bring your own water. Trivia can burn major calories, y’all. The last thing you need is to be distracted by that tickle in the back of your throat.
- Take a chance. How many days can you go to the bar saying that you tried out for a game show earlier in the day? Even if nothing comes of it, it makes for a good adventure. And hey – you could bring home some serious cash/ that jetski/ an all-expense paid trip somewhere – so why not give it a shot?
Now that I’ve stretched my legs, I really want to go audition for the Price is Right. Anyone interested in joining me in this quest?