George Gray has two tips for up-and-coming talent (exclusive)
The price is right Announcer George Gray is currently working a dream job, with his work appearing on fan TVs five days a week on CBS, in person on the show’s Come on Down tour, and on-demand anytime via Paramount+. . Her gig on America’s favorite game show didn’t come quick or easy, though. He’s been in the entertainment business for decades and took on all sorts of random projects before joining The price is right. When asked what advice he had for young talent hoping to one day reach his level, he offered a two-word motto: “Stay hungry.”
“A lot of people actually asked me when they were in LA, ‘What’s the advice? What should I do? How should I do it?’ And I always say the same thing: ‘Stay hungry,'” he told PopCulture during a visit to Nashville on Friday. “If you get married and you have two kids, and you get your nine to five, you start adding more things that take you away [your career]. If that’s what you really, really want to do with your life, not just as a side project, not just, “Oh yeah, I’d love to put my toe in there.” No, if that’s what you want to do, you have to sleep on a futon, and have a cardboard box for a coffee table, and probably steal your neighbor’s cable.
“You just need to live really lean because it keeps you focused. It keeps you exactly where you need to be.”
Gray finally married the love of his life, Brittney Green, in 2019 when he was settled and well in his The price is right Course. But before that, he had to take gigs that might not have worked well with other important people. In fact, one of these concerts, Scrapyard Wars (also known as Scrapheap Challenge), was the escape he needed to level up.
“I did a show called Scrapyard Wars years ago in 99. It was a show no one was ever going to see,” he recalls thinking at the time. “I had just finished The gong show. My agent was like, ‘Hey, do you want to go do this show? No one will ever see it. You’ll just have a bunch of cash in your pocket. I know you like racing and building cars and everything, and you can go and live in England for about six months and then earn your money. And then you come back, and we’ll give you a real gig. This show became the #1 show for Discovery TLC, was nominated for a primetime Emmy; it started all the building shows and took my career to a whole new level.
“Then NBC chose me to do weakest link. And then it got me into games, and after that, I never looked back. I wouldn’t have been on this show if I had a newborn at home or just got married, because what kind of terrible person are you? You say, ‘Hey honey, you and Junior are having a great time. I’m going away for six months to race and build cars. I mean, I’d kick myself if I said that. But for me, I was able to do it. And I had no idea. I didn’t have that crystal ball to see that this was going to be a huge pivot in my career.”
Gray is currently in the middle of the Come on Down tour, which gives The price is right fans across the United States to meet him and play some of the series’ iconic games. It’s been a special experience for Gray, and he loves seeing fans experience the show’s magic outside of a recording at a Los Angeles studio.
“There are a lot of people who can never make it,” Gray said. “There are a lot of people who, it’s too far away, they can’t get away from work, they just don’t have time. Maybe they’re not as mobile and they can’t move around. And so having one where I can say “hello” to them in person, they can actually drop a Plinko chip, feel one in their hand, spin the wheel, maybe play a storefront for cool local prices. It’s really neat. You can just see people’s faces light up.”
The price is right Come on Down Tour will take place in St. Louis on April 28, Cleveland on May 6 and New York on May 18. All guests must present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to participate. The TV version of the show, which features Gray and Drew Carey’s announcement as host, airs weekdays on CBS at 11 a.m. ET. The episodes are also available to watch on Paramount+.