My EXCLUSIVE interview with game show contestant and author Pamela Hill – Part 1

Hello! I’m very pleased to welcome Pamela Hill to the blog today. Pamela’s a Los Angeles-based actor and serial game show contestant, who got in touch with me after Yogesh Raut very kindly mentioned HowToWinGameShows.com during his appearance on Jeopardy!‘s recent Tournament of Champions. Pamela emailed me at Stephen@HowToWinGameShows.com, and if you’d like to get in touch with me, you can too! That email address again: Stephen@HowToWinGameShows.com.

But right now, on with the interview…

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SH: Pamela, welcome to HowToWinGameShows.com, and thank you for talking to me today! First, I feel I have to ask; Why game shows? What is it that fascinates you about them, and makes you want to keep going on them?

PH: Hi Stephen! Thank you for taking the time to interview me. I grew up watching game shows – Wheel of Fortune, The Price is Right, Let’s Make a Deal – and I was fascinated and entertained by them! Growing up in Cincinnati, I went with my parents to festivals and felt the excitement of winning prizes! Being on game shows allows me to experience that thrill!

SH: You’ve chronicled your unique game show journey in your book The Next Contestant Is. which is available HERE. It’s a very thorough account of your experiences on a lot of different game shows – In fact, I counted sixteen! What inspired you to write the book, and how long did it take you?

PH: My Dad always said to me “know enough to get on a game show.” My book is dedicated to him. After being a contestant on a lot of game shows (thinking I had a unique experience, because I had been on so many), I thought maybe this could be a book. I came up with the title The Next Contestant is… over 15 years ago. Then in 2012, I literally put pen to paper and started writing my book! I enjoyed the pen and paper process first, and then many years later I sat down at my computer. I finished in 2023! On Thursday, January 19th 2023…my book went LIVE on Amazon!

SH: What was the most challenging thing about writing the book?

PH: One of the most challenging things for me was just getting started and to keep going. Writing a book is a journey, and everyone’s experience is unique to them. I’m sure you understand, being an author too. Once I decided to allow myself the freedom of writing one sentence – or many – without pressure, that made the challenge of writing my book easier. The exciting part was that by allowing myself that freedom, my story came more easily to me. I heard the words in my mind, and it started to flow out of me. I tried not to edit these thoughts as I wrote. The idea that I was writing (or should I say “creating”?) my book was thrilling!

SH: Were there any moments in the writing process that surprised you?

PH: Yes! That’s a great question, Stephen. I started by writing about my many game show memories and what happens behind-the scenes. But the more I wrote, the more I realized that my book is also my personal Pamela story. My hubby William, who’s also an author, said to me early on “just write and let your memories unfold, and you will discover your story”. My book’s a combination of my contestant experiences, invaluable lessons I’ve learned, and the everyday knowledge I’ve garnered to bring me to that game show stage.

SH: Given that you’ve been on at least sixteen game shows, you’ve clearly had a lot of success in getting through the selection and audition process! What would you say are the three most important things for aspiring game show contestants to know, in order to get through the selection process?

PH: Authenticity is first on my list. Casting coordinators want to see The Real You; what they would want the television viewers to see. Pay Attention! Listen to all the rules, and don’t be distracted by your phone (Put your phone on silent!) Be A Good Sport! Whenever you’re auditioning in person or on Zoom with other players, clap for them after their interview or gameplay. If you are playing with them, be a kind team player. If it’s a game show based on academic knowledge or pop culture trivia, and you answer a question wrong… Keep that smile on your face! The casting people watch everything! You know the ol’ adage… It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.

==============================================================And that’s where we’ll leave it for today. Next week, I’ll ask Pamela about her favourite – and least favourite! – of the sixteen shows she’s appeared on, and whether she has any tips for pre-show nerves. In the meantime, just a reminder that her book The Next Contestant Is… is now available on Amazon in Kindle, paperback and audiobook formats. See you next Tuesday!

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