How to Become a Game Show Contestant

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To become a game show contestant, a person only needs to apply for the specific show on which he or she wants to appear and then meet the eligibility requirements. Since these requirements vary by show, people who want to appear on a game show must read the terms and conditions carefully to find out about prizes and television releases. In general, there is no formal education required to become a contestant on a game show.

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Education No formal education required
Starting pay Prize money varies by show
Median pay Prize money varies by show
10 yr growth N/A
Related professions Survivor contestant, Family Feud contestant
Author Selena Robinson

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Game Show Contestant Job Overview

To appear as a contestant on a game show, individuals must apply for consideration either online or at an in-person audition. After completing the application process, prospective contestants may have to arrange for their own parking and transportation costs.[1] On a few game shows such as The Price is Right, producers offer contestants complimentary airfare to Los Angeles, California where the show is taped.[2]

Game Show Contestant Prizes

Available prizes for game show contestants vary greatly, depending on the program. The reality show Big Brother offers a $500,000 prize for the eventual winner, while the program America's Got Talent gives a $1 million prize to the champion. On the game show Wheel of Fortune, contestants may win cash and/or prizes such as vacations, shopping sprees, and automobiles.[3]

Game Show Contestant Education

For the majority of television game shows, contestants are not required to complete a specific amount of education in order to appear on the show. However, most game shows have age and residency requirements that prospective contestants must meet. The game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire, for example, requires that all contestants be at least 18 years of age and legal residents of the United States.[4]

Game Show Contestant Training

While game show contestants do not typically require special training, they may have to learn how to follow the rules of the game. For example, on the show Jeopardy, contestants are required to give their answers in the form of a question. They must also be willing to talk a little about themselves in a short interview with host Alex Trebek while on air.[5]

Wheel of Fortune Fail

Wheel of Fortune contestant mispronounces the puzzle and loses prize

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