It’s a part of human nature, we love a challenge. Quite a few of us enjoy testing ourselves; we like jobs that challenge us, we try activities that test our mental or physical capabilities and there is no one like a man satisfied after he has conquered a challenge. In light of all that, am I surprised that you want to know how to apply for a game show and actually succeed in getting on the stage? No, only surprised it took you so long to look.
The first thing to consider while applying for a game show is to know what shows to target. There are the prime time ones that mean instant fame and hefty prize money…they also mean long lines of people applying and only a handful getting through to the auditions, still fewer making it to the stage. But then there are shows that are not as popular, simple laws of chance say, with fewer people applying, you have a better chance of making it.
Our next consideration is to know how to fill out the application forms. Cuttings and wipe outs are out of the question. Try writing down your replies on a mock-up and fill the form when you are very sure of what you are going to write. The questions in such forms are there to guage your personality type, your confidence, and eventually, how much value you will add to the show with your personality…don’t spell B-O-R-E with your answers, you know you have had embarrassing moments in your life, so why say no when they make you far more interesting a participant for the producers?
Those who get past all that to the auditions stage, at times, stumble when it comes to how they should dress. Of course, your suit and tie makes you look handsome, and gives you a good formal look, but trying that on an informal game show when the host is dressed casually is a good idea? Not really. Dress for success, yes, but dress according to the environment so the producer can see you fit the bill.
So we know now that the aim is to let the producer feel you belong on the show; be noticeable, but don’t stand out from the crowd. Smile, but don’t seem overly eager, or pose for a toothpaste ad. They look for a confident, good humored, smile, give them your best. The rest of the game is about keeping your demeanor; don’t stutter. Period.
Of course a huge part of appearing on a game show is the actual ability to participate. There is no point in trying to apply if you are going to be brushed aside without the slightest effort when you actually compete, so your knowledge matters. In short, choose your show by the rewards you’ll get, work out the odds if you will, where minimum effort gets best rewards is the best, so balance that with your chances of making it on the show. Remember though, no one is asking you to apply for only one show, while you wait for the call, you can apply for another as well. But do a thorough research and find out the norms of the show you wish to appear on. Practice to master each challenge, and make sure you make it worth your time once you do get that call!