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Becoming a Game Show Host

Reality TV is dominating the decade, and game shows are becoming a dime a dozen. You’d think with so many new game shows there’d be lots of jobs for new hosts. Unfortunately, most producers are hiring B-List entertainers rather than fresh faces.


The Personality

Game show hosts need an outgoing, well-spoken, dramatic and comedic personality. You need to be comfortable improvising in front of cameras and engaging your contestants and live audience.


Education

Your best bet at becoming a game show host is to get the right schooling. Find out if your high school has a film or radio program. In college, study communications, journalism, film or theatre.


Experience

People with acting, journalism or radio experience will stand out from the crowd in an audition. Consider these B-List entertains who currently host game shows:

  • John O’Hurley, host of the Family Feud, has been in the acting business since 1956! He’s done voice acting for cartoons, and he also played Elaine’s boss, J. Peterman, on Seinfeld.
  • Drew Carey, host of The Price is Right, had his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, for eight years.
  • Howie Mandel, host of Deal or No Deal, played Bobby on the 90’s sitcom Bobby’s World.

  • Get Involved

    So how do you get on the B-List? Get as much performance experience as possible.

  • Volunteer at or apply for a job/internship at a tv station or radio.
  • Perform stand-up comedy at open mic nights or talent shows.
  • Join a theatre club.
  • Audition for sitcoms, films or even commercials.
  • Volunteer to host talent nights at your school or community events.

  • Salary

    As a game show host, your annual salary depends entirely on how popular the show is, what network the show is on, how well known you are, etc. It could be anywhere from $70 000 to millions.


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    "SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? It's really nice that your mother supports it, that always helps!! I'm glad that your family enjoys his company as well. Being 16 while he's 20 is alright. It's a slight odd age gap. But, I think as long as you both are ready, it's alright. Make sure you're mature and safe with your choices though. Personally, I think you should wait until you're closer to at least, 17. But, as long as you two are smart about what you're doing, it should be alright when it come around to it.
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    fitta
    "Shygirl15" wrote:I really like this boy in my second period class but i dont know how to tell him because he knows that im transgender do whatever makes you feel comfortable or just wing it and tell him and if he tells you something because you're trans forget about him! He doesn't deserve you. But it's totally okay if you want to play it safe and not go up to him. You do you. :3 
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    fitta
    "SatanslilDemon" wrote: Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice??? i suggest you wait i mean you are going to be 16 that's way too young to be dating someone who is 4/5 years older than you,no? You can still talk to him when it comes to your anxiety attacks and all of that because I have those too every night so I know how it feels, but maybe you should wait. But at the end of the day it's your decision I'm just here to give advice 
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    SatanslilDemon
    Ok so I have a dilemma. I really, and I mean really like this guy. He's considerate of my mental wellbeing and health, plus he's really funny and sweet. He's respectful, loyal, and his hugs are the best ever(he's like a foot and 4 inches taller than me). the dilemma is, he'stwentyandI'mfifteenturningsixteensoon.... I'm not gonna even ask about dating him until i'm sixteen but I've called him in total anxiety attack crying my eyes out and he calmed me down and made me laugh, and I invited him to come see a choir performance so he spent the day with me... My mom ships us... but I'm a little worried because of the age difference  and experience difference and just, I don't want to miss the chance of being with him because of it. ​  any advice???
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    SmartSunnyShadow
    I feel like that too. My best friend will always hang out with her 'new friends' that I have a really bad opinion about. My friend will treat me rudely all the time and sometimes make fun of me with her friends. But, when I needed her the most in my life, she was there for me, and I told her how I felt. She says that she just wants to hang out with more people and apologized, people can be a little teasy at times.  Also, after seeing each other for a long time, people make new friends and start hanging out with them more, it doesn't mean that she doesn't like you.  This may be different for you, but just tell her about it, she will have to know you feelings at one point.  Hope I helped you. 
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