Read the Directions Carefully
Pay close attention to the following things:
- Video Format – Generally speaking, most networks prefer videos to be in VHS format. If you only have a camcorder or other home video recorder available, transfer your video to a VHS tape.
- Time Restrictions – Keep your video within the guidelines for duration length.
- Labeling – You'll likely be required to label every piece of information you send in, including videos and photos. Make sure all necessary identification and contact information is clearly labeled.
Present Yourself Honestly
Game show casting agents are looking for fun, upbeat, and interesting people.
- Do mention why you want to be on the show, and what you would do with the money if you won it.
- Do showcase offbeat or eccentric things about yourself, your profession, or your interests.
- Do try to stand out from the crowd. Tell them why you're the perfect person to play.
- Don't send in tapes that contain nudity, profanity, or otherwise offensive material.
- Don't pretend to be something you're not, or make false claims on your application.
- Don't exaggerate your accomplishments, education, or experiences on the application or in the video.
Sending Off the Application Package
You've recorded your video, gathered your photos, and filled out the application forms. Now it's time to mail your package in and hope for the best!
- Rewind your audition tape. If you send in a tape that hasn't been rewound, it makes a poor first impression. That's not how you want to kick things off!
- Use a strong and well sealed, padded envelope for your application package. It doesn't have to be pretty, but it does have to be secure.
- Double check the mailing address, and make sure that it's printed clearly on the front of your envelope.
A Couple of Things to Avoid
While you certainly want to stand out from the crowd, the best places to express yourself is in the written application and the video.
- Refrain from adding "extras" like cute stickers, a spray of scent, or colorful confetti that will fall out of the envelope when it's opened. You might think they're adorable, and maybe they are. But they won't make a favorable impression on a casting agent.
- Be patient! No matter how badly you want to be on the show, it can sometimes take months for your application to be processed. Try to refrain from contacting the show's staff to see if you've made it on the show or not.
It's All in the Details
Just like applying for a job, applying to be a contestant on a game show requires attention to detail. Don't disqualify yourself by not following all directions and guidelines to the letter. Take your time and have fun with the process!
Finding Game Show Applications
So now that you're ready to apply, here's some help in finding game show applications! Try these links for more tips and information on lots of ongoing and upcoming game shows.
- Be a Contestant on Minute to Win It
- Be a Contestant on Family Feud
- Be a Contestant on Let's Make a Deal
- Be a Contestant on Wipeout!
- Be a Contestant on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?
- Be a Contestant on Jeopardy!
- Be a Contestant on Wheel of Fortune
- Be a Contestant on The Price is Right
- Be a Contestant on Who Wants to be a Millionaire
- Game Show Casting Calls