How to Become a Seat Filler in Hollywood

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If you are interested in attending glamorous Hollywood events such as the Grammy Awards, The American Idol Finale and the Oscars, consider becoming a seat filler in Hollywood. Most major Hollywood award shows and special events need seat fillers to ensure it looks like a packed house. Becoming a seat filler is easy.

  • Visit seatfillers.com and fill out an application. A resume and photo will need to be submitted. The photo does not have to be professionally taken but should be clear and recent.

  • Check your email daily once you are accepted as a seat filler. Seat fillers will notify you by email if you are invited to be a filler for a particular event. You usually only get a few days notice. Only accept the assignment if you are sure you can attend.

  • Read all instructions carefully. You will be instructed on how to dress as the event may be formal or semi-formal. Information such as where to go at the venue and arrival time will be included. Keep in mind many major Hollywood events are televised and a neat and appropriate appearance are a must.

  • Understand your role. Once the event starts you may be instructed to fill a seat for a celebrity or other invited guest until they arrive. Once the celebrity arrives, you will be ushered to fill seats as needed, such as when a celebrity steps away to use the restroom. Keep in mind the point is for all seats to be filled for the camera. You will likely be moving around a lot.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep in mind you are not paid. It is strictly a volunteer assignment.
  • Be sure to cancel in a timely manner if you cannot attend the event. This allows other seat fillers to be notified to fill up seats.
  • Don't mingle with the celebrities. Most agencies which recruit seat fillers will instruct you not to ask for autographs or try to talk with the celebrities.

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