The Story So Far…
Last week, I started to interview Scott Hostetler, The Game Show Guru, from www.TheGameShowGuru.com.
This week, that interview continues.
Um – that’s it, really.
Now read on…..
Stephen Hall (SH #1): It looks like your passion for game shows extends beyond just appearing on them; your site also mentions that you’ve created one game show and were co-creator on another. What can you tell us about them?
Scott Hostetler (SH #2): I created a game I called Final Judgment; a two team trivia game where you bet points down to the ‘Final Judgment’. I have run tournaments and people have a lot of fun playing it. No success getting TV to notice it…yet. The other show HAS been rejected by TV guru Bob Boden. It was a show where I coach a group of people on getting on game shows. It had games in it and weekly eliminations. I had a meeting with Bob, but he was up to his eyeballs producing The Chase and thought the concept might be too contrived. Oh well.
SH #1: In the book, you’re very generous in sharing not only all your game show adventures, but also all the lessons you’ve learned from them; all the Things To Do and all the Things NOT To Do. After the book was finished and published, did any subsequent thoughts occur to you? Any other stories, tips or hints that you’d have liked to mention, but which didn’t make it into the book (for whatever reason)?
SH #2: Maybe just to emphasise that you should always keep trying, and let the outcome lie. If you play a game and lose (or don’t win as much as you could have), don’t stew on what could have been; let it go, because it will eat you up. I go, I play my best and I expect to win. If I make a mistake, and I have (like passing my spins from third place on Press You Luck), I try to learn from it and move on to the next game show.
SH #1: In your long career as a game show contestant, you must have seen many changes in the game show landscape over the years. What do you think is the future of game shows?
SH #2: Game shows run in cycles; high and low seasons. They have changed more recently with trying to combine the physical with the mental. People will always watch game shows because they are entertaining, fast paced and emotionally charged. It’s fun and I think they will keep getting better (as long as they put me on them!)
SH #1: And finally, what’s coming up next for The Game Show Guru?
SH #2: I am always looking for my next game show… and maybe I will investigate the coaching aspect a little more. I love talking about game shows, and I love that I can help people realize a lifelong dream. One of my readers, Brian Schwartz of Philadelphia, recently came to California to appear on Wheel of Fortune, which was a dream of his. His show aired on April 13th and he made me proud! Still 100% success rate!
SH #1: Scott, thank you so much again for your time, for your book, and I’d just like to wish The Game Show Guru all the very best in all his future endeavours!
SH #2: Thank you very much, Stephen, and I look forward to reading your book!
I’d like to thank Scott again for his time, and for sharing some of his impressive accumulated wisdom in this area. Just a final reminder, you can read my review of Scott’s book Winning Secrets From The Game Show Guru (SPOILER ALERT: I liked it, and I gave it three game show buzzers out of four), and you can purchase the book right HERE.
See you then!