After Neil Patrick Harris called attention to the Oscar seat fillers this year, many viewers took to Twitter to ask how they too could fill someone’s seat.
There’s good news and bad news. The bad news is, according to a report from the A.V. Club, you can only get in if you have a relative working for the Academy or if you work for PricewaterhouseCoopers, the accounting firm that counts the votes. The good news is, that isn’t the case for all the award shows.
The A.V. Club spoke with someone who has been a seat filler before, but the source had to remain anonymous because seat fillers reportedly sign extensive nondisclosure agreements, which don’t allow them to talk about their experience. The paperwork involved signing a document stating that if the seat filler misbehaves, he or she could get their connection fired.
According to this particular seat filler, there is a dress code everyone must adhere to and nobody is allowed to interact with the actors. “Don’t do anything that makes you stand out to the camera,” the source said. “So when you’re in the seat in the theater, be as professional and stoic as possible. Don’t draw attention to yourself in any way.”
That is, until NPH calls you out in front of everyone watching the Oscars.
For other award shows, such as the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Emmys and the MTV Movie Awards, there is a different policy. Seatfillersandmore, Gotham Casting and Audiences Unlimited are some of the websites you can use to apply. As AOL points out, most sites require a résumé and photo, and some request social media account URLs. Most award shows don’t provide compensation for the gig.
Here’s a look at CNN’s interview with a woman who was a seat filler for 15 years: