A couple of weeks ago I received a call from a production company in Los Angeles. They found my application for a game show online and were interested to hear if I am still available. I responded without any delay or hesitation with “of course” and answered a couple of general questions before I hung up the phone.
A game show- interesting – have I ever done this? NO – this is definitely a missing piece in the chain of all my adventures and activities. That evening I went home, checked out the dates and location and decided to go.
The audition for the game show was scheduled for February 05 in Anaheim, CA to be exact at Disneyland. The last time I set foot into Disneyland was in 1986 as a must see for a newcomer to the country.
I booked my airplane ticket with some of my remaining miles and put in a rental car reservation to bring me from LAX to Disneyland in Anaheim.
My alarm clock was ringing at 5 AM. That moment I thought – maybe I should blow this off. What an ungodly time to get up on a Saturday morning. I got up.
I was at the terminal at the airport at 6.15 AM. The Flight left as scheduled at 7.30 AM. While I was going through security I was made painfully aware f the fact that my drivers license and its extension was expired. Oh – shit – what happened to my usual efficiency on this one? I truly forgot…..
Ok – I continued to travel with the Green Card. Whew – now, without valid driver’s license I couldn’t rent a car. Next best thing is a shuttle. There was no timely shuttle in sight. This was the second time I thought to blow this off and just enjoy myself in good old Los Angeles for a day.
Waiting was no option. The next best thing was a Taxi. I had to swallow several times when the cab driver told me the rate but I made a decision. I took a taxi for this long ride fighting through the congested Freeways of L.A. . This was probably my most expensive taxi ride I have ever taken. Period.
At 11.30AM I had my first interview. After filling out more paperwork I had a 1 minute chance to verbalize everything I had written down already 5 times.
I was pulled out of the group with 10 others and brought into the next room. More paperwork! More detailed questions this time. A little guidance from the casting people and off to the next room.
Good news was – I made it to the next round….
The next round was rather nerve- wrecking. Five minutes in front of running cameras answering questions. I made it – was quite happy with my performance. I was talking about my book, motorcycles, travel and Tae Kwon Do…..
Back to the second room – more paperwork! This time a stack with around 50 pages! I filled them out handed them over. I AM IN!!! They have picked me as a contestant with a fair chance to win 50 thousand dollars connected with fun, excitement and valuable time on national television.
More details about this opportunity will follow.
I had to work my way back to LAX. Another taxi was just waiting there. He gave me a better rate but still it was expensive. I arrived at LAX at 4 PM. I met a friend for drinks. I walked over to the domestic terminals and jumped on my plane back to San Fran at 7 PM. Touched ground, picked up my car and was back home at 9 PM. What a day……
I am looking forward to hear back from the production company in Los Angeles. The next trip down to L.A. will be a much more serious one. The story will continue.