I got the call yesterday that I have been chosen as a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
Yes, I’m serious. The taping is in mid-October. I guess I should explain how I got here:
I was working in New York. Actually I was there with our last Performance Art piece, the Only Watch we did with Sage Vaughn. When I am lucky enough to get our new piece to show, I make as many appointments with various press outlets as I can, and then run around NY like a madman for a few days from one office to another showing and explaining the piece. On this day, I happened to finish a bit early and decided to go for a nice walk in Central Park – the long way home to my hotel.
I exited the park North of my hotel and began to walk back down when I saw a line of people outside of a building. Not one to walk past a line of strangers without asking why they are queued, they told me it was a tryout for Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
Now I have to tell you a bit about myself. I know a pretty good amount of random stuff. I’m not sure why. I have a good memory, read a lot of news (now blogs), and used to watch a lot of television. Back when Millionaire was really popular, 10 years ago, I desperately wanted to get on. It seemed like I was guaranteed $250k or more. It was just too easy! Fate must have brought me to this casting.
I got in the line, deciding it was worth being late for my dinner appointment. First there are hundreds of people in a cafeteria type room and you take a written test. Out of those hundred, they called probably 15-20 of our numbers to stay and the rest were dismissed. Then we were given a set of questions for longer written answers, more about ourselves and our personalities. From that, 4-6 of us were chosen to give on-camera interviews with a producer. At the end of my interview, my producer said something to the effect of, “I never say this, but you did great and you will definitely be on the show.” I left pleased. My completely random choice of streets had landed me a shot to win $1m on TV. And then they forgot about me.
That was last July. The network revival of Millionaire came and went. A year came and went. I had written the whole thing off as a fun experience. I guessed that I didn’t quite play to middle America as well as they would want in a contestant. And then, last night I got the call.
Of course, when reality sets in, expectations change. Two days ago I was convinced I would win at least $250k. Now I just hope to win the Fastest Finger, get in the Hot Seat, and not blow it on the first question. I’ll post back on here as soon as I am allowed to let you all know how I do. Although if you see me post about my new Opus 3, you can assume I did well 😉