way back in, like, june i had responded to a casting call for a new show on the game show network - because i still felt like i needed redemption from my first (losing) game show appearance. it was for some sort of word game, and when they asked me for a teammate i knew just who i wanted to play with. it took just one text to my friend weezermonkey, who said yes immediately. i gave her contact information to the casting producer, answered some questions and then we were set for a joint interview via zoom.
for the background, they wanted a clean, quiet and well-lit room with us dressed and camera ready. i put makeup on my face for the first time in ages and propped my laptop up in the gym with a blank wall behind me. super professional setup, no?
we were originally scheduled to check in for our taping at 6:30am on a monday morning. i toyed with the idea of staying in a nearby hotel just to make it a little easier on myself, but ultimately decided that the drive at that hour wouldn't be bad at all.
and then the day before we were notified that our call time was pushed back to 9:00. talk about a double-edged sword - not the ass crack of dawn after all, but right in the middle of rush hour traffic. ugh. but it was fine. i gave myself plenty of time to get through the freeways and pulled into the studio right when i needed to get there.
it was a pretty long day of doing a lot of sitting around and hanging out, which we were prepared for. we met with some of the other contestants for practice rounds, had snacks, ate lunch, got hair and makeup done, and then headed over to the set to sit and watch the first few teams of contestants play the game while we waited for our turn to play.
unfortunately, it was not to be. since it was literally the first day of taping this brand new show, there were quite a few hiccups during the first couple of tapings. and it was probably around 4:00, after a bathroom break, that we learned from the casting manager that the rest of the day had been cancelled. SUCH a bummer. we gathered up our stuff, hopped into a golf cart for a ride back to the parking structure, and headed home. WOMP WOMP.
even worse? we never did get a single selfie together. d-oh! i guess it'd been such a long day and we were both really tired...which sounds funny since we didn't actually do much. but for me at least, having to be "on" for hours on end - peppy, cheerful, excited, blah blah blah - especially after months of mostly being home with just my family around me was utterly exhausting. the bright side was that i got to spend a lot of time with my friend, and hey - it's a story to tell, right?
(you know i had to take at least one selfie because i had a full face of makeup on)
and back home, i snapped one more in my full outfit, just for shits and giggles.
so yeah, my game show losing streak continues. i didn't get my shot at redemption. and after the level of anxiety i was feeling that day...well, who knows? maybe i never will. but hey, it won't be through lack of trying. heh.