Kendra D's Blog Post
It was a Saturday afternoon and my children were gone for the day. While scrolling through social media, a friend posted that the Wheelmobile was in town. I immediately threw on my Jimmy Hendrix t-shirt and a hat (to cover my bed head) and headed to the location just in time for auditions. I sat alone in the audience and just as I convinced myself that I wouldn’t be picked out of the hundreds of people, the sound of my name being called over the microphone made me jump out of my seat with excitement; here was my chance! It was a whirlwind of a moment that included me having a dance battle with the host and a reference to my t-shirt from an audience member. When I left I was simply happy about my free duffle bag and matching hat. Little did I did I know, I’d soon be getting a call back.
A few auditions and weeks later, I found myself in California in the Wheel of Fortune contestant’s waiting room with other anxious contestants from all over the country. While conversing with a woman from Hawaii, Vanna White came in to wish us luck; for the first time, I was star struck.
When it was show time, the Wheel was much heavier that I thought it would be and although spinning it as a lefty proved to be difficult at first, I managed to get the Wheel going! Between intervals of anxiousness and nervousness were giddiness and disbelief. I found solace knowing my mother (who flew in all the way from Delaware), two of my children, and a family friend were there to support. It was a once in a lifetime experience that my family and I will never forget.