How can you be apart of a TV studio audience and get paid for it? Check out my account of a day of talk show fun!
I had the privilege of being apart of a studio audience for a talk show this fall. I signed up thru a legitimate extras casting company. They chose audience members based on ethnicity and age. I worked a total of 2 shows in one day. After being chosen via email, I arrived at the TV show’s studio location only to stand in line for about an hour and a half. Then, we were taken to the second level via elevator and waited another hour or so in line and in our designated seats for the show to start. There was a restroom on the second level, but you had to go before you entered the show’s filming room or you were smacked with the rules of the crew that didn’t allow bathroom breaks during filming. (The show would be taped during a 3 to 4 hour period.) So, if you counted the hours you waited beforehand and filming time…. you would be in big trouble and have an accident in your seat! Thank Goodness I made sure I used the restroom before each show.
How do you earn the low day wages awaiting you?
This particular show stressed the need for everyone to clap on cue, show exaggerated emotions when they cued you to do so, and dance. We had to practice all of the above multiple times! If you are a great actress and full of energy being a paid studio member is for you.
The rest is history. We followed directions for the filming of all segments during a 3 to 4 hour period and returned to the same studio an hour and a half later to do it all over again! Payment was distributed the same day at the end of the second show.
If you think this is the kind of gig you are looking for….. keep your eyes on legitimate extras casting companies and network your way into studio audience heaven.
(Note: It is NOT Windy City Live. I used the image because no one was allowed to take pictures on the set. I’m not at liberty to disclose the name of the program.)