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A couple of years back, I let everybody here know that I had been invited to an audition for the game show Jeopardy! – mostly so I could be like Troy Senik – but alas, I never received the call to go to Los Angeles. That was all the way back in 2015. For those who don’t want to go to the trouble of reading my archive, (I’m flattered if you do) I’ll try to summarize briefly.
The process goes like this: You take the Jeopardy! online test and pass it (required rates of passage are not published; it is rumored to be 70-80%.) Upon successfully passing the online test, you may receive an invitation to attend a live audition with the contestant search crew. You will be administered a second test to demonstrate that you were not using your friend as a railbird or ringer for the online test; then you are invited to play a mock game of Jeopardy! with your fellow contestants to determine your photogeneity. You will be asked questions, as if you were going on the show and interviewed by Alex… And then you go home and wait.
The contestant coordinators tell you that your name is entered in the contestant pool for about 18 months, and there is a random draw for who gets called to Los Angeles. The show requires 400 new contestants annually and places some 1,000 into the contestant pool by my calculations. As I explained with my 2015 audition, the call never came and I timed out of the pool. Undaunted, I took the online test again in 2018 and received a call to audition in New Orleans, which I attended. By the time 2020 rolled around, I figured to have timed out of the pool yet again. Then last Friday happened.
While taking my son to visit Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA, I received a phone call from California. Figuring it was spam, I declined. A few minutes later, an email arrived from the Sony Pictures Entertainment domain, asking to get ahold of me. Thus, did I find out that I had been invited to Los Angeles to seek fame and glory in front of Alex Trebek on March 10th or 11th.
To the best of my knowledge, the shows I appear in will not air until mid May, and I can’t give you any details even after the recording is done, but I know that the folks at home will be rooting for me in absentia. But I want to let everybody know: Persistence pays. Follow your dreams. You can reach your goals. I’m living proof. Beef cake! Beef cake!Published in