Have you ever sat watching Millionaire Hot Seat and thought, heck, I could do that?
Get frustrated when the contestants bugger it up? Answer it wrong? Choose B when it is CLEARLY D?
You should try out.
Mamamia’s very own Sarah Jane Collins (SJ) did just that..and she is here to tell you how to get on the show too.
So get comfy. Get used to the idea of your arse in a hot seat. Because here’s your guide to game show glory.
Hear SJ talk to Rosie Waterland and Laura Brodnik on this week’s episode of The Binge. (Post continues after audio.)
STEP ONE: HAVE A DREAM.
You need a dream. Something to make your HUNGRY for the cash. SJ had dreams of winning enough sweet sweet cashola to fund some study in NYC. THAT, people, is called a backstory. That is v. important for producers. Remember this for later, we’ll need to revisit it.
THE ACTUAL STEP ONE: APPLY.
First, you first have to fill out forms online, and then do a quiz. Simple. Free. Do it now. Then be prepared to wait.
“I did that (quiz) and I totally forgot about it, for a really long time. And then I got an email from them saying ‘you have been invited to an audition day in Sydney…you have to audition’.” SJ explains.
STEP TWO: AUDITION.
Because, yes. There are auditions. And those auditions are phased.
The first round of the audition is a written, multiple choice quiz WITH A TWIST: you can only go through to the next round if you get a certain score. So BRUSH up on your pub trivia. Dust off Trivial Pursuit. Only the fittest minds can survive questions like: What is not an ingredient in pancakes?
And if you don’t like crowds, take some deep breaths, because you’re not going to be the only special snowflake at the auditions.
“A lot of people apply to be on Millionaire. A lot of people have dreams of winning a million dollars….in fact at my audition day, I sat next to this guy, who had applied and sat the test three times before.” SJ says.
Then you move onto the personal side round. You know, the part where you have to tell them your back story, like what you would do if you actually won a million smackeroos.
Think emotional thoughts. How many bazillion charities do you volunteer for in between your time working for an NGO? How you are still trying to fill that emotional void created when your puppy was run over when you were a small child? Why do you need this money? How despo are you?