Do you want to be part of your favorite TV show? Want to know how to be in that studio audience?  Those people there sound like they’re having a great time!  For the most part, being part of a live TV audience is an enjoyable experience and makes for some fun memories. There are a few things you should be aware of before making the commitment to be part of TV history…

Studio Audience

GETTING TICKETS: 

Many shows with live studio audiences have links to tickets right on their website.  Some shows utilize a third-party to distribute their tickets, such as On Camera Audiences or Audiences Unlimited. Tickets to be part of a studio audience are generally free.  Depending on the show, you can request tickets right away, or, if the show is on hiatus or very popular, you might have to be put onto a waiting list until tickets come available.

PRIORITY TICKETS vs GENERAL TICKETS:

There is a world of difference between a Priority Ticket and a General Ticket.  A Priority Ticket means that your admission is guaranteed.  Whereas a General Ticket means you wait in line until all the Priority Ticket holders are seated.  Then if Priority Tickets holders don’t arrive or cancel, you may be upgraded to Priority and granted admission.  Some shows have tickets available for the same day, others are claimed weeks in advance.  It’s always best to plan well ahead to avoid disappointment.

ARRIVAL TIME:

Depending on the show it is recommended that you arrive at least 1 hour early. That will give you time to find the wait line.

PARKING:

Finding parking may not seem to be important, but it really is.  For example, if you are attending a taping in Hollywood be aware that you may have to park a few blocks away and pay.  There are places in Hollywood where one side of the street are designated no parking zones on certain days because they are scheduled for street sweeping.

IDENTIFICATION AND FILLING OUT FORMS:

If you decide to attend a game show make sure you have a current picture ID.  Also be prepared to fill out long tedious forms that may take up to 30 minutes to fill out.  And if you do win, expect to fill out a whole other set of forms after for tax purposes.  Keep in mind also, that you may not get your prizes for a few months after.

NO CELLPHONES OR CAMERAS:

Be prepared to leave your cellphone and camera in your car.  Shows will not allow you to bring them into the studio.  If you are thinking of trying the sneak one in, know that security does search your bags and pass you through a metal detector.

WAIT TIMES:

Prepare to wait!  Patience is your friend.  From your initial wait in line, you will move into a ‘holding pen’ type of area.  Once there, a staff member will usually give you a run down of the rules and what they expect from you as an audience.  Such as laugh even though the jokes aren’t funny, clap, big enthusiasm and so on.  At this point you will get an opportunity to use the restroom because once they start taping they will not allow you to leave the studio.

After another wait in the holding area, you will be filed into the studio where you will be seated.  There will be a ‘warm up person’ there that will go over the audience participation expectations again and generally try to keep the audience in an upbeat mood before taping.

TAPING:

As soon as the taping starts and depending on which show you go to, things can run pretty fast.  The director of the show most likely will be on the floor and from time to time give the host and the guests some direction.  The director or an assistant may turn to the audience and give some directions too, such as ‘big laughs’.  There may be multiple takes and ‘pick ups’ of various scenes.

EXITING THE TAPING:

Once the taping is over you will be guided out in an orderly fashion.  Any after show business, such as possible gifts for participating, reclaiming your checked in phones, etc, will happen at this time.

GO HOME YOU’RE DONE!

OTHER THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Now there are a few things that need to be addressed about taping that you may not know, such as…profiling.  Meaning that there are some shows that like to pick and choose which people seat where in the audience.  So don’t feel offended if you are not seated right up front, even though you may have gotten there early.  You are there to enjoy the show after all.  And if you are chosen to sit up front, be prepared to be interacted with and be on camera.

Also know that you most likely will not meet the host or the guests.  Understand that they are there to work.  It may not seem fair, but at least you get to see your favorite celebrity personalities up close and in person for free.  All for the cost of some time.

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