5 Free Seat Filler Websites That’ll Get You Closer to the Action

These five seat filling services will give you seats to some of television’s most talked about events, including TV-show tapings, awards shows, and even the option to watch stars strut the red carpet. The best part? They’re all free!

Be careful though, these events can have a catch; being a seat filler to events such as award shows often entails moving to open seats when celebrities leave. This type of seat-filling service does not guarantee a permanent seat. Some events even have strict restrictions to uphold the audience appearance on camera, which could mean anything from having to wear neutral colors to locking your phone up before you enter the studio. They can base their audience decisions on looks, picking only applicants who fulfill a particular image that producers and promoters are looking for.

Should you be selected, sitting in on a favorite show or dancing at a free concert can be a great way to show visitors you know your way around Los Angeles. You may even get a selfie with a celebrity when they walk the red carpet or have the chance to wave to the friends back home when you’re on TV. Here are some of the services that can get you closer to the action.

1iota

Adam Levine and other members of Maroon 5 sing “Girls Like You” on Jimmy Kimmel’s Outdoor Concert stage. Photo by Lily Currin.

What TV shows can I sit in on?

“The Voice,” “Will and Grace,” “Jimmy Kimmel,” “Good Morning America,” “The Talk,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” “Kelly and Ryan,” “Steve Harvey,” “World of Dance,” and more.

What special events can I attend?

Movie and TV Show Premieres, Outdoor Concerts, NBA events, iHeart Radio Festivals, Red Carpet events, and more.

How do I apply to events?

  1. Create a 1iota account on https://1iota.com/
  2. Fill out the profile with a picture and physical descriptions such as hair color
  3. Find an event you want to attend
  4. Fill out any additional questions that may be specific to the event
  5. You will receive an email that you have been placed on a waitlist
  6. Confirm your tickets once you have been taken off the waitlist
  7. Arrive at the event when specified, usually an hour or more before the event begins
  8. Attend the event!

How far in advance must I apply?

Applications open two to three weeks before events.

Can I take a friend?

It depends. Not all events allow you to apply for more than one ticket but some events allow you to bring one to three unapproved friends.

How long are the events?

Events can range from three hours to over six hours.

Where are these events?

Los Angeles, New York City, Indianapolis, and Nashville.

How old do I have to be?

Movie premieres range from ages 6 and up to ages 16 and up, whereas TV shows are usually restricted to 16 year-olds and onward, and special events can range from 18 or 21 and up.

Are there any other restrictions?

You must cancel tickets 24 hours in advance if you cannot attend the event.

Are there any other opportunities this organization offers?

There is the option to act as paid extras in shows like “13 Reasons Why.”

Website: https://1iota.com/

On Camera Audiences

“iCarly” star Jennette McCurdy greets fans on the orange carpet at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. Photo via Flickr user Eva Rinaldi.

What TV shows can I sit in on?

“Dancing with the Stars,” “Dr. Phil,” “American Idol,” “The Price is Right,” “America’s Got Talent,” “America Ninja Warrior,” “Family Feud,” “Big Brother,” “Deal or No Deal,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” and more.

What special events can I attend?

“Kids Choice Awards,” “Teen Choice Awards,” and more.

How do I apply to events?

  1. Register at http://www.on-camera-audiences.com/
  2. Find an event to attend
  3. Fill out questions specific to the event
  4. You will receive an email that you have been placed on a waitlist
  5. Confirm your tickets once you have been taken off the waitlist
  6. Arrive up to 2 hours before the event
  7. Attend the event!

How in advance should I apply?

Applications for the waitlist open up to 24 months in advance.

Can I take a friend?

Yes, but it depends on the event.

How long are the events?

Events can range from three hours to over six hours.

Where are these events?

Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Las Vegas, Chicago, and more.

How old do I have to be?

Special events can range from 18 and up to 21 and up.

Website: http://www.on-camera-audiences.com/

TV Tickets

“The Big Bang Theory” requires a live audience for the laugh track. From left to right sit Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, and Kaley Cuoco. Photo via Flickr user Kaley Cuoco.

What TV shows can I sit in on?

“America’s Funniest Home Videos,” “Dr. Phil,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Raven’s Home,” “The Conners,” “Last Man Standing,” “Face the Truth,” “Just Roll With It,” “Man with a Plan,” “Mr. Iglesias,” “The Neighborhood,” “The Ranch,” and more.

How do I apply to events?

  1. Find an event to attend
  2. Fill out application specific to the event
  3. You will receive an email that you have been placed on a waitlist
  4. Confirm your tickets once you have been taken off the waitlist
  5. Arrive up to two hours before the event
  6. Attend the event!

How far in advance must I apply?

Applications for the waitlist open 30 days in advance.

Can I take a friend?

It depends. Not all events allow you to apply for more than one ticket but some events allow you to bring between one and five unapproved friends.

How long are the events?

Shows can take up to three or more hours to film.

Where are these events?

Only in Los Angeles.

How old do I have to be?

Special events can range from 18 and up to 21 and up for the applicant, but younger guests are welcome.

Website: https://www.tvtickets.com/seatfillers.htm

Seat Fillers and More

At events like the 2016 Grammy Awards at the Staples Center, seat fillers have to arrive early to live recordings. Photo via Flickr user David Jones.

What TV shows can I sit in on?

“Who Wants to be a Millionaire,” “Survivor,” and more.

What special events can I attend?

“The Emmy Awards,” “The Grammy Awards,” “BET Awards,” “Miss America Pageant,” Mini-Concerts, and more.

How do I apply to events?

  1. Register at https://seatfillersandmore.com/
  2. Send a resume and full body photo
  3. You will receive an email that you have been placed on a waitlist
  4. Confirm your tickets once you have been taken off the waitlist
  5. Arrive no earlier than 1 hour before the event
  6. Attend the event!

How far in advance must I apply?

Applications open two to three weeks before events.

Can I take a friend?

No, only those who apply may attend the events.

How long are the events?

Events can range from three hours to over six hours.

Where are these events?

Only in Los Angeles.

How old do I have to be?

Special events can range from 18 and up to 21 and up.

Website: https://seatfillersandmore.com/

TV Audiences

Seat fillers for the sport halftime shows often are let on the field to show enthusiasm for the artist. Pictured above is the 2012 Superbowl Halftime Show featuring Madonna. Photo via Flickr user SAB0TEUR.

What special events can I attend?

“The Tony Awards,” “The Emmy Awards,” “The Grammy Awards,” “The Academy Awards,” “The Superbowl Halftime Show,” and more.

How do I apply to events?

  1. Email SEATFILLERS@AOL.COM to find events you can attend
  2. Fill out application specific to the event
  3. You will receive an email that you have been placed on a waitlist
  4. Confirm your tickets once you have been taken off the waitlist
  5. Arrive up to 2 hours before the event
  6. Attend the event!

How far in advance must I apply?

Applications for the waitlist open 30 days in advance.

Can I take a friend?

No. Only those who apply are able to attend the events.

How long are the events?

Events can take up to three or more hours to film.

Where are these events?

Los Angeles, New York, and more.

How old do I have to be?

Special events can range from 18 and up to 21 and up for the applicant.

Website: http://www.tvaudiences.tv/

 

This time, it’s PERSONAL: 10 DIY Gifts You Can Make in One Sitting

Giving gifts in holiday “Secret Santa” swaps and white elephant gift exchanges can be so unsentimental and impersonal. Here are 10 inexpensive and easy to make do-it-yourself gifts likely to make the recipient remember you long after they’ve used up the balance on the Amazon and Starbuck cards they received from less crafty gift givers.

1. Handmade Clay Dishes

These stylish bowls can be various sizes and hold more than just rings; they can be plant saucers or hold office supplies as well.  Photo by Lily Currin.

These polymer clay ring dishes look glamorous but are actually simple and cheap to make. But how? To achieve the marble effect, roll together multiple strands of colored polymer clay, flatten, shape it in an oven-safe bowl, and bake according to the clay’s instructions.  Spice it up with a simple finish and line the rims with gold acrylic paint after baked.

2. Hot Cocoa Ornaments 

Sprinkles, peppermint candies, and marshmallows add a pop of festive color to a hot cocoa ornament.  Photo via Instagram user Sprinklesomefun.

Fill a clear glass ornament with hot cocoa mix to brighten the day of any recipient. You’ll need 2 cups of confectioners sugar, 1 cup of cocoa powder, and 2 cups of powdered milk to make your own homemade hot cocoa mix. Then funnel the mixture into the ornaments and drop in your favorite toppings. Just add hot water and you’ll have hot cocoa wherever you go! If you want to hang it on your tree, the cap might need additional support for the weight, so be sure to secure the top with clear packing tape.

3. An Artful Mug

This customized mug can be personalized to match the interests of your gift recipient.  Photo by Lily Currin.

Give your friends a warm reminder that you care every morning. You can customize any dishwasher safe mug when you use paint sharpies and then bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  

4. Mystery Movie Box

Include enough snacks for two and you’ll have a built-in movie night for you and the recipient.  Photo via Instagram user Creativecarepackages.

All this gift takes is a classic DVD from the discount bin at Walmart and some appropriate snacks to throw in a fun movie themed box.  A mystery movie box is likely to appeal to any cinephile. To go the extra mile, try picking one of the recipient’s favorite films and include small trinkets or memorable treats that were enjoyed by the characters.

5. A Customized Plant 

This painted face gives personality to a miniature cactus. Photo by Lily Currin.

Make sure your gift doesn’t “succ” and give this one a try. Succulents are very trendy and don’t need much tending – a good choice for a gift to last well beyond the holidays. Customize the plant’s container by using acrylic paint to inscribe a specific face or design that is meaningful to the recipient, just make sure to paint before potting the plant!

6. Holiday Tea Bags

Adding labels to the peppermint tea bags is a simple and helpful touch. Photo by Lily Currin.

This gift could warm anyone’s heart this holiday season. These tea bags are so customizable you can make everything from hearts to tree bags.  All you need is tea filter paper, a needle and thread, and your favorite holiday blend.

7. Homemade Bath Products

Himalayan salt infused with a lavender scent can create a calming bath for stressed students. Photo by Lily Currin.

This self-care gift is so easy it doesn’t even require a trip to Lush! You can make an ordinary bath more relaxing by infusing Himalayan salt with your favorite combination of natural essential oils. Give the gift of a release from the stress of finals and provide them the relaxing break they deserve.

8. Make Their Own Gift

A watercolor set, brushes, and sketchpad is sure to be a welcomed challenge for any artist. Photo by Lily Currin.

For the artist friend, gather some supplies they may not use often so they can experiment and make their own gift. This is a perfect present if you are intimidated by the do-it-yourself aspect of the other gifts.

9. A Personalized Vase

Acrylic paint won’t run with minor exposure to water. Photo by Lily Currin.

Flowers are a classic gift, so why not go the extra step? Simply use acrylic paint and painters tape to keep lines straight before applying paint. Customizing an old glass bottle to use as a vase is an eco-correct way to match a specific décor or upgrade a holiday bouquet.

10. The Gift of Style

The Chapman University shirt was cut in a triangle shape and given a new handsewn collar with an eyelet fabric.  The “Love is Love” shirt was tie-dyed and the message was ironed on. Photo by Lily Currin.

Customized shirts are a cheap way to add some original flare to your recipient’s wardrobe. You can tie dye, cut, or iron on messages to any t-shirt you desire. It’s a way to show their personality or show some school spirit.

5 Useless Life Hacks You’ll Find Scrolling through Social Media

Is life too easy? Try these five totally useless life hacks to complicate every aspect of your daily routine.

1. Eating an orange is too boring nowadays… try putting it on your wrist first!

This life hack is as simple as it looks. After you peel an orange, wrap it around your wrist and eat it as you go along your day. Who needs a watch when you can have a great snack on the go!

2. Elves keep stealing your shoes? Make a new pair with hot glue!

There are so many things you can DIY with hot glue! Everything from spoons to a new pair of sandals two times more expensive than the store brand, since a glue gun and glue sticks average around $40 on Amazon compared to a pair of $20 Nike slides!

3. Want to stop wasting water when you wash dishes? Waste plastic instead!

You’ll never need a dishwasher again if you use cling wrap over your dishes before every meal. A guaranteed crowd pleaser at any dinner party. It’s especially popular with kids who hate washing their dishes.

4. Have an air mattress to blow up but are totally unprepared for camping?  You can depend on the wind to blow it up for you!

If you have a plastic bag, this life hack (starts at 2:22) says you have all you need to fill up your air mattress. Just wave the bag around until it’s full of air and fill’er up. By the time the mattress is full you’ll be tired out enough to make use of all your hard work and catch some z’s. That is until you remember you still have to pitch the tent.

5. How far would you go to have your makeup on fleek at school?

Didn’t have enough time for makeup before school? You should destroy your makeup products and sneak them inside your school supplies. Why waste a trip to the bathroom when you can do your makeup right in front of your teacher during class? 

 Life hacks are supposed to make our lives easier, but these five hacks seem to do nothing but complicate the situation.  What kind of crazy hacks have you seen on social media? Tag us in some of your favorites on Instagram @chapman_prowl. 

Top 10 Halloween Costume Predictions of 2018

Still deciding on a costume for Halloween? According to the internet, these are the top 10 trends likely to be at every Halloween party

1. Black Panther

A comic con cosplayer dressed as Okoye, Dora Milaje warrior from the Black Panther movie and comics. Photo via Flickr user Gage Skidmore

Black Panther had an over $700,000,000 grossing in the theaters since its release in February, followed closely by Infinity War, so you’ll definitely see more than a couple of superheroes on duty.

2. Incredibles

A family of cosplayers as Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, and Dash. Photo via Flickr user Cory Doctorow

Speaking of superheroes, this incredible family returned with Incredibles 2 after 14 years of hiding, so there might be more than one that dashes in.

3. Vines/Memes

“It’s Wednesday my dudes.” Photo courtesy of Megan Ferguson

Vines have become a universal language to millennials and gen z, so this Halloween might have you welcoming your friends with a “Hi Welcome to Chili’s.”

4. Fortnite

Cosplayers dressed in various Fornite skins. “Fortnite at E3 2018” by Sergey Galyonkin is licensed under CC BY 2.0

This video game became increasingly popular over the past year so you better have those dances down by Halloweekend if you are planning on wearing one of these skins!

5. 90’s Icon

Group impersonating the Spice Girls. Photo via Flickr user Bruce

Halloween is always a great time for a throwback, and what’s a fiercer group costume than the spice girls?

6. Trump Supporter

Cosplayer dressed as Donald Trump in Ancient Roman Times. “Cosplay at New York Comic Con 2016” by istolethetv is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Want a scarier costume than the Nun? All you’ll need is some fake tan and a blond tupé.

7. Mamma Mia

Trio dressed as Donna and the Dynamos. Photo via Flickr user Andrew James

Here we go again with the ABBA-inspired costumes. The recent release of Mamma Mia 2 has brought a whole new wave of dancing queens!

8. Youtubers

Youtubers Alfie Deyes (Left) and Jake Paul (Right) on stage during one of many YouTube conventions. By Web Summit (DSC_3759) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Youtube has become a whole new way to get your TV fix with shows like life chats with Trisha Paytas and documentaries with Shane Dawson.  Just make sure to steer clear of any Paul brothers that show up.

9. Unicorns/flamingos

Simple unicorn headpiece costume. Photo via Flickr user Cristiano Valli

Unicorn and Flamingos will be transitioning from their summer jobs as pool floaties into full-blown costumes this fall.

10. Soundcloud Rapper

Tattooed man rapping in a convenience store. Photo via Unsplash user Corey Motta

Greet people with a simple “Hey, you should check out my playlist on Soundcloud” and when people ask you who you are, your only response should be “You already know who it is.”