Social Engagement: High
What’s what: Countless morning and late night talk shows, game shows, reality shows, sitcoms, and more invite viewers to attend their tapings and live broadcasts. It’s one of the best free things to do in a lot of major cities, some shows raffle big prizes and there is a chance you’ll get seen on TV – or even with your favorite star.
Amava Take: It can take patience to get into a live taping of a popular show, but if you have a good attitude and can have fun chatting it up with people standing on line with you, it can be a blast. Sometimes at the end of the show guests are allowed to take photos with stars.
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?
Reliable attendees with lots of enthusiasm who can look and dress the part. Most shows ask audience members to wear something that fits the show and will usually have a dress code.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Read the dress code guidelines and follow them accordingly. Also, eat and use the bathroom before getting on the line; opportunities will be limited.
What’s a typical schedule like?
Be prepared to wait in several lines over the course of several hours. Depending on the show, you could be taping 30 minutes or two hours.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the experience?
The chance to possibly be seen on television and even win a prize.
How would you describe the hard parts?
All the standing around and waiting in lines.
Would you recommend this volunteer job to others?
It’s a fun way to peek behind the scenes of some of my favorite shows.
Special requirements: Most don’t have requirements aside from a dress code and being 18 years of age or older. Always check each show’s individual website. There is an application process, sometimes with a photo requirement. General admission translates to first come, first served – so you will want to line up early. Leave large bags behind, as well as smartphones and cameras.
Finding a position: Tickets are released for most shows starting 30 days prior to the show date. Sometimes, however, you might not know if you scored tickets until the day before the taping. On Camera Audiences has tickets to shows nationwide, like “The Price Is Right,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Dancing With the Stars” and more. 1iota also distributes free tickets to shows taping nationwide including “The Voice,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Talking Dead” in Los Angeles as well as “Live With Kelly and Ryan” and “Good Morning America” in New York. Audiences Unlimited has live audience tickets to television shows in Hollywood like “Last Man Standing” and “The Big Bang Theory.” Also check the websites of network stations for ticket information.