This Week's Contestant
|Hometown:||Palo Alto, CA|
I have dreamed about being a contestant on Wheel of Fortune since I was little. Beginning in college, I started signing up online to be a contestant on Wheel. I signed up every few months for about four years. In the meantime, I had become pretty good at solving puzzles. Over the years of watching Wheel with my roommates and playing the game on my phone, I kept hoping that one day I would be called to be on the show. When I received an e-mail inviting me to audition, I was excited to put my puzzle-solving skills to the test.
A few weeks later, as I drove down from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles for the audition, I was so nervous and excited I could barely sit still. When I arrived at the hotel for the audition, I saw that the other hundred people there were just as nervous and excited as I was. During the first round, we played through a few puzzles and everyone got a chance to guess letters and attempt to solve. Then, we took a timed written test, in which we filled out as many partially-completed puzzles as we could in five minutes. Our tests were collected and we were sent away for a break, and when we returned we would find out who made the first cut.
When my name was called for the next round, I was so ecstatic I nearly broke my cute little "I Auditioned for Wheel of Fortune" pencil in half! We were called up in groups of three to play a mini version of the game, spinning an imaginary wheel (which we were told weighed over 1000 pounds). We each had a chance to introduce ourselves, and practiced what we would say about ourselves during the real show. I could barely hear what I was saying over my racing heartbeat I think I said something about being a UCSB alum and moving to San Francisco for law school soon.
The audition ended and the coordinators told us that we would be notified by mail within two weeks if we were chosen to be on the show. I checked the mail obsessively, and a week later, I got an envelope with the Wheel of Fortune logo on it! I remember screaming and hugging each of my housemates when I showed them the letter as they got home from work. My friends and family were all excited to hear the news now all I had to do was wait to be called for the taping, which could be any time within the next year or so.
The timing was perfect. I got the call to tape my show a month before the start of my first semester of law school. I was so excited to finally live out my dream of being on Wheel of Fortune! I was about to find out everything I wanted to know about Wheel, and more. What kind of dress would Vanna wear? How tall is Pat in real life? How heavy is that wheel really? Could I make it to the bonus round?
Tune in on Wednesday, December 7th, to watch me play!