Game Show Host

Lead contestants as they play your game show for cash and prizes.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $73,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Game Show Hosts do?

A Game Show Host introduces competitors, explains the rules of the game, leads the contestants through the game, and most importantly, entertains the crowd while doing it all. As a Game Show Host, you might host games for audiences on cruise lines, senior centers, large public attractions, or the Granddaddy of game show arenas…television.

Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak, and Bob Barker. If you’ve ever turned on a television, you’ve seen these celebrities smile, cajole, and charm their way through a half hour of game-show magic. But a Game Show Host needs more than good looks to gain the status of game show superstar.

You use your acting background to maintain the charisma needed to interview, teach, guide, and applaud contestants. Working with cues from your production staff, you introduce each contestant and prod them to share about themselves.

As the game begins, you explain the rules (with cinematic flair, of course) and entertain the audience as you direct them through the game’s phases. After negotiating commercial breaks, network policies, and production failures, you congratulate the contestants and award the prizes.

It’s all fun and games to the audience, but your job requires hard work, a knack for spurring conversation, acute timing skills, a pool of patience, and the ability to take direction. Not only do you provide the up-front allure of the show, enrapt the audience, and promote the game, but you do it all while you stay on your mark, look at the correct camera, and recite memorized lines.

Should I be a Game Show Host?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Game Show Host or Hostess

    How to become a Game Show Host

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