My Day As A “Price is Right” Contestant – Part 3 (The Interview pt. 1)

March 26, 2013

Aurora De Lucia running in contestant's row on The Price is RightPicking up from yesterday

It was time for the interviews.

About 12 of us (at a time) get sent to stand in a little interview line (barely off to the side of the area in which we’ve been waiting). A producer (at least, I assume he’s a producer), goes down the line and asks a couple of quick questions to each of us.

“What do you do?” “Where are you from?” – that kind of stuff. (Basically, just those two questions.)

Patrick (George for today), the incredibly funny, charismatic guy next to me seemed to be having a great interview. There was some great back and forth banter, but when the producer got to the “What do you do?” question, Patrick said he was an aspiring comedy writer. That was the end of Patrick’s hopes of being on The Price is Right that day.

(I felt as thought looking in the eyes of the producer, I could see Patrick’s chances shatter in that moment. Of course, I could be way off base, but that’s how it seemed…)

Word of advice (Again, this advice is just based off what I’ve seen/heard. Don’t ever risk anything on any opinion I give here. What do I know, really?) –

Game shows don’t like the “L.A. type” people. They don’t want people in or around the entertainment industry, because that isn’t as interesting to the audience at home. If you’re a struggling actor and a night security guard, I’d go with night security guard.

(Caveat: Let’s Make a Deal seems to pick a lot of performers.)

Obviously, if you work in the industry, you have to disclose if you’re in any way involved in/affiliated with the show or anyone surrounding the show. Definitely be honest about all of that stuff.

Aurora De Lucia in contestant's row on The Price is Right, looking like she really wants those camcorders

But other than disclosing things that are legally necessary – I’d skip the boring talk of working in TV, and bring out all of the other sides of your personality. I’d talk about all of your other hobbies before you bring out an “L.A. sounding” job.

(But I don’t even know why I’m saying that here, ’cause I’m pretty sure that’s common knowledge to L.A.-types, yes? And because who do I think I am telling you how to answer game show questions? I get on The Price is Right and now have all the answers to life? Don’t think it totally works that way…)

I actually kind of felt bad for Patrick. During the show, when Rori got called up, Patrick leaned over and reminded me that she had been the woman on the other side of him during the interview. Later, I got on. So, the people who’d been on both sides of him during the interview ended up getting called down to contestants’ row.

But what was so sort-of funny (about what I believe to be a little sad misstep) was that we’d all already discussed not being “too-L.A.”

(But you know, maybe Patrick is the best one of everyone for not trying to color his life in any way than the exact way it is…)

Anyway, right before we went up for our interviews, the 3 of us (Zuri, Patrick, and I) had had a little pow-wow about our L.A.-ness. “Uh, what are we gonna say we do?”

And this is where we’ll pick up tomorrow.

4 thoughts on “My Day As A “Price is Right” Contestant – Part 3 (The Interview pt. 1)”

  1. I just watched this show this morning and I thought of your blog. The energy of the audience and the contestants are amazing. I just learned this today, my husband’s family tried their luck too to get in that show a long time ago. Haha.

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