The best way to prepare for an audition is to watch the show. Learn what makes the audience cheer, how the game is played, and what it takes to win.
Practice buying a vowel, picking a case, or answering in the form of a question, so you are a strong competitor when you land your audition.
Most networks offer tickets to game show tapings right on their websites, making it easy to include a studio visit on any trip to Hollywood.
Audience companies also offer easy access to studio tickets and schedules of upcoming tapings to aid in planning your visit.
If you’re traveling with a large group, audience companies can be very helpful in making arrangements to view a taping and even offer fun incentives for filling multiple seats.
Relax at the Audition
If you get an invite to audition (and well done on getting this far!) it will usually be at a hotel in your nearest large city and last a couple of hours – you won’t get travel expenses.
Some auditions have hundreds of people, and some just a handful.
My advice for the audition would be to make yourself look presentable, and if possible wear something to make you memorable (an extreme example of this is the drag queen I sat next to for 1 vs 100 – unsurprisingly s/he was chosen to be a contestant!).
Try, Try and Try Again
If at first, you don’t succeed, try more than one game show. While visiting Los Angeles, plan to attend more than one open call.
If you aren’t a perfect fit for one show, you may be exactly what another show is looking for. Auditioning for game shows is a fun, adventurous way to meet people with similar interests while visiting Los Angeles.
Game Shows to Become a Contestant of
1. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
The new version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, and sees six contestants putting their knowledge to the test, with the help of four lifelines – Phone a Friend, 50:50, Ask the Audience and Ask the Host.
If you’ve always felt like you could walk away with the £1 million prizes and want to try your luck in the next series – now is your chance.
This is everything you need to know about how to apply to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? offers members of the public the chance to win £1,000,000.
Arguably the most popular game show of all time, “Jeopardy!,” since debuting in the early 1960s, has won more than 30 Daytime Emmy Awards.
The universal hit gives contestants a chance to win money by correctly giving the answer over the quiz format in the form of a question.
Longtime host Alex Trebek, who is battling pancreatic cancer, has been the face of the “Jeopardy!” franchise since 1984.
U.S. reality show based on the British series “Strictly Come Dancing,” where celebrities partner up with professional dancers and compete against each other in weekly elimination rounds to determine a winner.
4. Hollywood Squares
It’s tic-tac-toe with celebrities sitting in squares — the center square being the most prestigious — and contestants have to guess whether the celebs are telling the truth or lying.
Among the regulars throwing “zingers” back and forth, while contestants tried to see whom to believe, were Rich Little, Buddy Hackett, Joan Rivers, and Paul Lynde (usually in the center square), who won two Emmys for his time on the show. Whoopi Goldberg inhabited the center square in the late 1990s revival.
5. Family Feud
The “Feud” never seems to go away. Viewers just can’t get enough of families going head-to-head to find the correct answers to surveyed questions before those three strikes appear on the screen.
“Fast Money” might also be the best final round in game show history. While there have been many prominent hosts over the years, it’s still hard to top the first, Richard Dawson.
He never shied away from a kiss or a joke. The celebrity episodes were can’t-miss.
6. Big Brother
Contestants must compete against each other for a chance to win $500,000 in a house wired with cameras and microphones, capturing their every move for a TV and Internet audience.