This Week's Contestant
|Hometown:||Cedar Park, TX|
POSTED on Monday, February 4th, 2013
My journey to Wheel of Fortune was an exciting one that began on the most normal of days. I have always been a big fan of the show, dating back to the time when I used to stay with my Grandmother every day after school in the small town of Sealy, TX. Move forward 20 years or so, and I'm still a faithful Wheel Watcher with my husband Kevin every single night.
On one ordinary day, I made the comment "I think I can solve the puzzles just like these contestants." He replied, "Well, then become a contestant." With a laugh, I thought "Hmmm, I wonder what it takes." At this point, I went online and signed myself up. I continue on my merry way for many months until late one evening while checking my email, I see that I have a message from Wheel of Fortune. I was in shock! They invited me to audition at a local hotel. What luck!! I was jumping with joy like a child on Christmas morning!
On the day of the audition, I was a bit nervous, but my husband gave me some fantastic advice. "Act like you are a pro at the game and keep smiling!" I repeated his advice in my head throughout the entire morning. There were about 60 other people in my audition time. We began the day by playing practice rounds. The contestant coordinators would call out one of our names; we would stand up at our seat and call out a letter in a loud, clear, energetic voice. We would clap and cheer for the other applicants as they guessed. I clapped so much that day that my watch left a big bruise on my wrist, but it was well worth it!
After completing a 5-minute written test, they narrowed down the group to about 30 people. In round two, we got to stand six at a time at the front of the room and pretend to spin the wheel. I just kept telling myself to speak loudly, smile, and try my hardest to figure out the puzzle. Then, they let us each give a quick bio about ourselves. At the end of the day, we were told how difficult it is to be chosen, and how we should be proud to have made it this far. We would be mailed a letter within two weeks if we were chosen to be a contestant. I left feeling like it was fun experience, but I figured this was the end of my Wheel of Fortune story.
Who knew the story would continue?! Next to my acceptance letter into the University of Texas, my letter from Wheel of Fortune was the most exciting piece of mail I have ever received. Now that I was chosen to be a contestant, it was time to Practice, Practice, Practice! I'm glad I started practicing right away because three weeks later I received a call to come to Culver City to tape an episode. Get ready L.A. because here I come!Watch me on February 5th to see if my story has a happy ending!
Watch me spin on Tuesday, February 5th!