Lanre A's Blog Post
W.O.F = WOW! That’s all that’s been on my mind since October 2018. I have been an avid watcher of Wheel of fortune since I was 10, and I am about to celebrate another 21st birthday (I’ve had between 10 – 15 of those by the way, haha), so I’ve been an avid watcher of this show for sure. My mom and I watched the show every night (including some Saturdays).
I went out to the “Cattle call” on a Sunday right after church, and was met not only with a long (insert choice words here) line of cars waiting to park, but tons of cars that were already parked, and a lot of people already in the auditorium, some who were eagerly participating in the show, and some who were wrapped around in a line which I proceeded to join. After about an hour of listening, cheering and hoping my name would get called, a new group of people were ushered in, and my hopes got drained. I was so sure that was as close as I would get to Pat & Vanna, so I didn’t even bother telling mom.
Two weeks later, I got an email indicating more contestants were needed. I summoned up excitement and sent in another audition tape (I’m certain at that point, I had sent in not less than 3 or 4, which is a lot for me). I’m sure the people watching the video thought I was crazy, but I pulled out all the stops, and prayed I got picked. A couple of weeks later, I got an email asking me to join the audition downtown Nashville. Hesitant, I drove downtown, actually paid for parking, and proceeded to the location. During the audition, I was so nervous, and ultimately sad, because so many people won little prizes (someone won an autographed picture of Vanna, #jealous). I left feeling “blah”, but in my mind, “at least I tried”.
Two weeks later, my wife Jennifer, daughter Eden and myself were on our way back from Indianapolis, and about midway home, an email subject flashed across my “GPS”, and I almost lost it…. “Jenn, umm, we need to stop and get something to eat, because I can’t wait 2 hours to open this email”.
I called my mom a week or so before taping asked her what happened to me, and she guessed “you got a promotion (I said No mom, guess something you think is almost impossible) …. you’ll be on wheel of fortune” (to which I said yes). She just about lost it haha!
I can’t forget my best friend Jay in this story. He was so excited for me, that it helped my being nervous. He called me to make sure I got into the right gate, and I was up on time lol ( I should be used to him checking on me when big things are happening in my life – senior project, marriage, baby…he is always diligent about making sure I’m on my game).
Before the taping, we met Vanna briefly, and I was probably the most shell-shocked person in the room! It was pretty glorious lol. She was so down to earth.
During the show, I remember just hoping that I got a turn. I just wanted to do well. The rounds are still a blur. I remember knowing the solutions sometimes before my turn and wouldn’t be surprised if my face showed it on the show...I wanted to explode lol!
Pat is hilarious! His jokes and punch lines were always perfect lol. I had to give both him and Vanna a hug at the end of the show. I wanted to tell him he had the perfect job, and I would pay to be his protégé/understudy/ball boy!
Vanna, I am soooo very sorry I stepped on your toes. I still feel bad about it.
I have NO clue how I guessed the final puzzle…but obviously, there was no question that the entire experience was amazing.
I want to shout out Alex, Shannon, Jackie and Teddy! I don’t think anyone realizes how much work you guys put into the show unless they work on the set or work on the show. You guys made us ready but allowed us to have so much fun. Your enthusiasm, and support was the extra punch we needed to be good contestants.
Thank you all for everything, and we’ll send you a post card from Panama!