Become a Wheel of Fortune Contestant (and Win Big)
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Become a Wheel of Fortune Contestant (and Win Big)

The audition day for Wheel of Fortune can be nerve-racking if you aren't prepared. Learn tips and strategies to win big!
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Created by Garrett Heath
Last updated 10/2014
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  • 3 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Dominate the Wheel of Fortune audition process
  • Increase their chances by having knowledge of what the day entails
  • Understand different ways to prepare for the audition, maximizing their chances of being selected as a contestant
  • Have strategies on how to win big when they actually appear on the gameshow next to Pat Sajak and Vanna White
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  • The rules of Wheel of Fortune (spinning, solving, buying vowels)
  • The different types of puzzles in Wheel of Fortune

Have you ever wanted to spin the wheel, buy a vowel or ask Pat if there is a "T"? Many people—including devout fans—think that it would be impossible to get on the Wheel of Fortune game show, but that's not the case. While there is certainly a little bit of luck, you can maximize your chances by preparing for audition day.

That's what this course is all about. It's designed to prepare you not only for the audition process, but also for the when the big day arrives. After all, walking into the audition with an understanding on what the contestant team is looking for can immediately improve your odds of being selected.

I was one of those people that didn't adequately prepare for my audition. And by a fluke of luck, I was selected to be a contestant on Wheel of Fortune where I was second place, won $7,250 which included a trip to Prague (and let me tell you Prague was awesome).

But better than all the cash and prizes was the chance to fulfill a dream of being on a game show—in fact, my resumé line item of "Wheel of Fortune Contestant" is a fantastic ice breaker when interviewing for a job.

While my journey may be a little different than yours (I tried out as a college student for Big 12 week but was selected to appear as a contestant on a regular show), my experience allows me to have an insight into what the Wheel of Fortune contestant team looks for in the audition.

By the end of this course, you'll know all about:

  • How to prepare for the audition process
  • Ways to standout for the contestant team during the audition
  • The sequence of events from auditioning to becoming a contestant
  • Strategies for letter selection
  • What it's like appearing on the Big Show

There's a ton of useful information in this course, and in an hour and a half from now you can have all the tools to dominate your audition.

Not convinced? Udemy offers a money back guarantee, so you can get your cash back if you aren’t satisfied. Sounds like a can’t lose deal to me. Enroll in this course now to gain the confidence you need to become the next contestant on Wheel of Fortune.

Garrett Heath, Wheel of Fortune Contestant, winner of $7,250 including a trip to Prague

Who is the target audience?
  • They have ever wanted to be on Wheel of Fortune but didn’t know how to make it happen
  • They have a Wheel Mobile event in their city
  • They want to submit an online application
  • They are already chosen as a contestant and want to prepare for the big day before traveling out to Hollywood
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
Welcome to the Course
4 Lectures 18:31

An introduction on what to expect in this course.

Preview 06:30

You probably want to know a little bit about your instructor—allow me to introduce myself and talk a little bit about my Wheel experience.

An Introduction and My Wheel of Fortune Story

After reading some blogs, it seems that some people's Wheel of Fortune audition was slightly different than mine—in particular on how they got through the lottery process. I talk about these differences in this lecture, however, the skills

A Note on Some Audition Differences

Further Explanation of the Wheelmobile Event (More Information)
Preparing for the Audition
5 Lectures 25:57

You can never take back a first impression—find out what to wear to your audition and how to stand out (in a good way).

What to Wear

It's all about stage presence in this first test at the audition. Be excited and calm those nerves.

The First Test: Stage Presence

At the end of the day, you still have to be able to solve a puzzle to get on Wheel of Fortune. The written test helps the contestant team narrow down the pack.

The Second Test: Solving Puzzles on a Written Test

After the first two events, you'll be called back for the final event of the audition to play a mock game of Wheel of Fortune. Learn what you need to prepare for and the importance of being positive.

The Third Test: Playing a "Real" Game of Wheel of Fortune

The audition is over and now what? Find out the next steps.

What Happens After the In Person Audition
Online Contestant Application
2 Lectures 11:34

Can make an in person audition? You can still audition with an online video.

Guidelines for Making a Contestant Video

Find out some simple tips and tricks to make sure your video stands out from the competition.

Technical Considerations to Make an Awesome Video
Strategies and Tools to Prepare for the Big Show
6 Lectures 23:13

An intro to some of the strategies to help you prepare for your Wheel of Fortune appearance. These strategies can also be helpful to review prior to your audition as well.

Introduction to Strategies

Buying vowels are extremely important—but don't take it from me. Find out what Pat Sajak has to say on the matter as well.

Preview 04:32

The different puzzle categories can provide clues to some of the letters that are most likely to appear. Find out more in this lecture.

Understanding the Different Puzzle Types

Learn about some of the most frequently used letters and the letter strings that you need to know.

Strategies for Choosing Letters and Letter Combinations

Believe it or not, you actually need to work with the other contestants to maximize that amount of money available to be won. Find out how to speed up the game in this lecture.

Speeding Up the Game

Once you know the puzzle and want to solve, be sure to take a breath and pronounce everything clearly. A mispronunciation can cost you a solve.

I Know the Puzzle—Now What?
Appearing on the Big Show!
3 Lectures 19:46

Find out what it's like the day of the shoot before you walk on stage.

What the Day Holds: Before Walking on Stage

A detailed description of what my appearance was like on Wheel of Fortune and some behind-the-scenes information.

The Fastest 15 Minutes of Your Life

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Links, Apps and More
6 Lectures 13:36

Some links to many of the articles or tools I suggested throughout the course.

Recommended Reading and Videos

Quiz on the Special Wedges on the Wheel
9 questions

Practice Toss Up Video-2

Practice Toss Up Video-3

Practice Toss Up Video-4

Information on the images used throughout this course.

Note on the Images Used in this Course
About the Instructor
Garrett Heath
4.8 Average rating
57 Reviews
373 Students
2 Courses
PMP, Industrial Engineer, Digital Marketer

Hi! My name is Garrett Heath. I am an industrial engineer who was a technical project manager in cloud computing at Rackspace. Today, I work in the marketing department and am responsible for creating content, collaborating on content strategy and managing vendors to support our cloud products.

In my project manager role, I helped manage the creation of a piece of software that is used to support our business, driving down the time to create a proposal and contract substantially. Additionally, I have managed both domestic and foreign teams that have created desktop and mobile applications as side businesses.

In my marketing role I have created several videos with over 100k views, articles that have garnered over 500k reads, white papers that give guidance to server architecture and infographics that have gone viral. I have a passion for storytelling and believe that brands should first communicate with narratives rather than shoving products down a consumer’s throat.

As a writer, I’ve been published on The Next Web, .NET Magazine, Contently's Content Strategist and PR Daily while maintaining a local blog about the food and culture of San Antonio.

I’m responsible for developing an iTunes featured app to help people meet each other at bars, devised another app celebrating San Antonio’s Fiesta that was mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, was a co-creator of the Pi shaped pie pan that raised over $17,000 on Kickstarter and won a trip to Prague on Wheel of Fortune.