By Thomasina Cotton
When LBCC nursing major, Amalla Okaro, 19 saw an online call for college students to appear on the CBS game show “Let’s Make A Deal”, she immediately ordered tickets to attend the taping of its college edition that aired Friday, March 28.
She and sister Oluoma Okaro, 18, arrived late to the October taping, but Amalla was confident she would earn a spot on the popular costume-centered show. “Going there and not getting picked was definitely not an option.”
Potential contestants awaiting entry into the Burbank studio were interviewed by staff hoping to find the most suitably energetic guests for the show. “There was no time to be calm. I had to have energy at all points,” Okaro said.
People selected are not aware until they are called from the audience by host Wayne Brady.
Okaro said, “Wayne Brady personally picked me. I knew because the security guards later told me he was saying, “I am definitely picking her.”
A friend of Okaro and LBCC kinesiology major Dakota Brown, 20, said, “I think she is going to be famous one day. She is an awesome person and knows how to open doors for herself.”
Audience members vied for Brady’s attention as he surveyed the audience for each new contestant. Nearly 40 minutes into the hour-long show, he finally summoned “the cop,” addressing Okaro who reconsidered her decision not to wear a costume and rented a police cap from the show for $2.
Quickly running down stage to join Brady for her chance to earn prizes, her name tag fell off. “I was so excited it almost impaired my speech.”
Brown watched the episode and thought her friend’s response to being picked was funny. “She looked like she didn’t know what was going on.”
When the time came to choose curtain No. 2 or a basket of laundry, Okaro considered her odds and chose the laundry, avoiding the joke prize behind the curtain and winning $2,000 and four 1-year theme park passes to Hurricane Harbor and Six Flags Magic Mountain valued at $525.
She said her immediate thought was, “This would happen to me,” considering she worked for Knott’s Berry Farm for a more than a year and is afraid of roller coasters.
“I love the whole entertainment industry,” Okaro said. Though she said she will continue pursuing nursing, she plans to give the entertainment industry a try.