Jennifer R's Blog Post
This was my second chance of trying out for Wheel of Fortune, so I was ecstatic that they liked my video enough for me to audition live in New Orleans! Well my husband, who is normally my biggest supporter and an avid football fan, was watching the NFL Draft that same day of my audition. He was also worried it might crush my dreams if I wasn't chosen for a second time, so he politely suggested I stay home and watch the draft with him instead of trying out again. I figured he was right, but once I told my dad this, he told me I would never know if I didn't try! So off my dad and I went to New Orleans. After a few issues along the way: midday traffic out of no-where, and a parking meter that wouldn't take our money, we had finally arrived! A few weeks later, when I got my letter in the mail saying I was chosen to be a contestant, my mother-in-law, husband and I screamed and celebrated with childlike glee while my father-in-law thought we were crazy and that this was some sort of scam! So after I had finally convinced everyone that I did try out and was indeed chosen for the show, then came the waiting game. Finally, after I had all but given up hope that I would be asked to tape anytime soon, I received the email that my time had finally arrived!
Going from one LA (Louisiana) to the other LA (Los Angeles) was an adventure! As I sat among the other contestants in a loud, laughter filled room, I, who normally doesn't stop taking, was extremely quiet and full of anxious trepidation about taping the big show! Here we were, a room full of strangers from all different walks of life, yet put together in this same room to await our turn at spinning the big Wheel! Some fellow contestants could tell I was really nervous and were so sweet in telling me to "just have fun" but I couldn't shake my thoughts knowing that this was huge amounts of money and prizes I could actually win!
The set was glorious, and the Wheel, well it was as magnificent as you see on TV! My theme for my show was "Home for the Holidays" and the set was truly beautiful and made me feel so relaxed; I couldn't have asked for anything more perfect to settle my nerves and lift my spirits!
When I knew I was about to begin taping, I started nervously pacing back and forth, my mind flooded with thoughts. Then, like an angel, one of the contestant coordinators, Alex, took me aside, looked at me square in the eyes and said, "Jennifer, we wouldn't have picked you if we didn't think you could do this" and she gave me a warm hug. I immediately felt a wave of comfort and relief come over me and I knew then that I could do this.
My "competitors" and I actually huddled together to wish each other good luck right before Pat and Vanna came out. My fellow female contestant was so sweet and encouraging and told us all if we got nervous to "just keep swimming!"
To the audience watching at home, I hope you can feel the warmth and excitement from us all and experience a little laughter too throughout our show.
To everyone else from back home and all across the country whose names are too many to list and for whom I could go on forever about, THANK YOU for your kindness, love and support! And to God be all the glory!
Happy watching and Merry Christmas!