Rynnetta 's Blog Post
Monday, June 24th, 2013
I grew up watching Wheel of Fortune with my family! We traditionally ate dinner and then headed to the couch for a little friendly competition. Even at a young age, I knew that I was destined to be on the show one day I just hoped it would stay on the air long enough! Over the years, I applied several times on the internet. I would sign up for anything, Best Friends Week, Sweetheart's week you name it! One time the Wheel Mobile came to Dallas and I went to the open audition. I was in shock when I saw that about 2,000 people had shown up! I didn't have any luck that day, but I knew I was one step closer to fulfilling my dream. A couple of years later, my mother-in-law called to tell me that Wheel of Fortune was holding the Face of the Fan contest. All I had to do was upload a short video describing why I deserved to be on the wheel! Eagerly, I went home and filmed my video. About two months later, I received the most exciting email of my life. I had been selected to audition! I literally screamed with delight and couldn't stop smiling! I rushed home to pick out the perfect outfit and then began watching reruns to practice for the big day.
When I arrived at the audition, there were about 50-60 other contestants. The WOF crew explained that we would audition by playing a few games. Everyone would have a chance to call a letter. When my name was called I hopped out of my seat as quickly as I could. "N!!!!!" I yelled! The WOF crew got excited and yelled back at me, 'Good voice! Good energy!' I knew I had caught their attention. We then had 5 minutes to do a written test, and goodness, it was hard! I was excited to solve about 6 out of 15 puzzles. The WOF crew left to evaluate our tests and talk about our energy. When the WOF crew came back they cut about half of the room from the audition. I had made the first round! We then had a chance to come up front to play additional games and practice introducing ourselves. At this point I had been smiling and clapping for long my face hurt, but I didn't care. This was the moment I had been waiting for! The WOF crew left yet again to evaluate the candidates.
When they came back, they had some exciting news there was a spot left at the taping in 8 days. They called my name and asked if I could attend. Me? I was the very first person they had picked? I squealed with delight and told them I would gladly find my way to Culver City for the taping. After the audition, I called my husband and asked him how he felt about a quick mini-vacation. He was just as shocked that I was the first person to be picked, but of course we could go! Next, I called my boss and requested time off and she gladly obliged. She just asked that I remember her when I became famous! The audition process itself was the experience of a lifetime. I highly recommend it to everyone! Tune in on Wednesday, June 26th to see how I did!
Thursday, June 27th, 2013
This was it the big day! I could barely sleep the night before I was so excited. I awoke early that morning to get dressed. I had to be at the studio by 7:45 am and I wanted to be sure to not catch any traffic. When I arrived at the studio, I patiently waited to be let in. Once the contestant coordinators arrived, they let us all in and began explaining to us how the day would work. They explained all of the rules on how to play the game and things that we legally needed to know about playing. I was bouncing with excitement; I couldn't wait to tape the show! It was so fun to meet the other contestants. Everyone was so nice and friendly, and just as enthusiastic as I was. We all shared stories about how it was a lifelong dream to play Wheel of Fortune. Then we had a surprise guest! Vanna came in to introduce herself to us and wish us luck! She really is a very sweet and caring person!
Since there are multiple tapings in one day, we had to draw numbers to determine which show we would play. We then had to draw again to decide in what order we would stand. I got to stand next to Pat! For the next half hour, I felt like a movie star as the team applied makeup and curled my hair. I could get used to this! We then went out to the studio and had a chance to practice spinning the wheel. I couldn't believe it. I had grown up watching this set on TV and now I was standing there, soaking it all in. When it was finally my turn to spin the wheel for practice, I could barely spin it! The WOF crew wasn't kidding when they told us the wheel weighs approximately 1,000 pounds! I tried again and it went a little further this time. I really had to get leverage by grabbing onto the podium. Pat must have strong arms from spinning the wheel all of the time!
This was it my turn to tape the show! There are so many things to remember when introducing yourself.mention your wonderful spouse, your occupation, and any hobbies. And I just had to wish my parents a Happy 44th Wedding Anniversary! But above all, remember to smile! The first toss up appeared, and I solved it! The second toss up came and another contestant had her chance to solve it. It really makes me happy when all of the contestants have a fair share of playing time, so I was glad we were all doing well. It's true what they say it is a LOT easier to play just sitting on your couch. On the actual show, you have to concentrate on what letters have already been called, what the category is, and oh yes, SMILE! I landed on the Mystery Wedge and told myself to take a chance, but was saddened when I pulled up the Bankrupt card. Yet still, I'm glad I had the opportunity to take a risk! The $3,000 Toss-Up popped up, and I quickly solved it with 'The Cosby Show'. I sure am glad that I love watching reruns! I managed to solve one more puzzle and couldn't believe it in just a quick 30 minutes I was $8,600 richer! Though I didn't make it to the bonus round, I was so happy with my results. I had solved 3 puzzles and everyone on the show had a chance to win a little extra cash. Wheel of Fortune truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity! You never know how you will do the wheel will choose between being your best friend or your worst enemy. Now I am encouraging my husband to audition! I want all of my friends to try. After all, this is America's game, and I am so happy for the wonderful memories I now have!