How to Become a Contestant on "Wheel of Fortune"
By Bridgette Redman
Updated September 22, 2017
It's easier than ever to apply to be a contestant on "Wheel of Fortune." The show has it set up so you can apply online and submit an audition video. Or you may apply the old-fashioned way by going to Los Angeles and trying to get an audition, or visit the Wheelmobile when it comes to a location near you.
Fill out the online application for "Wheel of Fortune." Select whether you are an adult, a college student or a high-school student. Be prepared to fill out information including your name, date of birth, address, phone number, email address and sex. Fill out the "Let's Get to Know You" section for your best chance at getting on the show, then click on the "Submit" button. For extra advice on how to fill out the application, watch the video on the application page. You also may apply to the Wheel Watcher's Club, which gives you a daily chance to win $5,000.
Make a Video
The video acts as your audition piece, and you have to fit a lot in it in a short amount of time. "Wheel of Fortune's" website offers several tips, including telling you to smile, be natural, speak up, explain why you would make a good contestant, introduce something about yourself, keep the video under a minute and have fun. It also tells you to stay away from certain things. "Don't look like you've rolled out of bed, don't record it in your office cubicle, don't ramble, don't tell us that being on 'Wheel' is on your bucket list." There are three ways you can submit your video: Post it on YouTube and provide a link to it on the application; upload a video you've made; or upload a webcam video.
Audition in L.A.
If you are going to be in Los Angeles, you may try to get into one of the auditions if it is held while you are there. Send a postcard to "Wheel of Fortune" Contestant Auditions; 10202 W. Washington Blvd.; Suite 5300; Culver City, CA 90232. On the postcard, put the date you want to audition, your name, address and phone number. You still should complete the online auditions and make a note on the postcard that you have done so. Auditions are held at the Sony Television Studios in Culver City. Show up dressed nicely and arrive early. You will take a written test and play in a mock "Wheel of Fortune" game. You'll also talk to the audition host as part of a personality test to see whether you would be appealing on television.
Find the Wheelmobile
The Wheelmobile travels around the country and holds auditions. To find out if the Wheelmobile will be in your area, you can watch "Wheel of Fortune" and wait for location announcements, follow @Wheeloffortune on Twitter or join the Wheel Watchers Club. Show up to the event and fill out the application. Random applications are chosen and people are called up on stage to play a "Wheel of Fortune" speed round. Coming to the event does not guarantee you an audition for the live show.
As a professional writer since 1985, Bridgette Redman's career has included journalism, educational writing, book authoring and training. She's worked for daily newspapers, an educational publisher, websites, nonprofit associations and individuals. She is the author of two blogs, reviews live theater and has a weekly column in the "Lansing State Journal." She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Michigan State University.