People's Choice Awards
Pictured: Actresses dressed as waitresses prepare to deliver hamburgers to the audience as show hosts Kat Dennings (L) and Beth Behrs perform an opening number at the 2014 People's Choice Awards. Reuters

You don’t have to have an on-screen career in order to sit next to the Hollywood elite at the 2015 People’s Choice Awards. With awards season upon us, the public has an important job to take on – seat-fillers.

At awards shows, the first couple rows are full of celebrities and nominees. The cameras pan the audience every so often to give fans a glimpse at their favorite celebrity, or to record a reaction from a certain nominee. Viewers will notice that the audience is always full when the camera cuts to the crowd. But that doesn’t mean that the attendees are sitting in their seats the entire time. Whether it’s a bathroom break, early exit or social visit, those seats empty out … and someone jumps in to fill them!

Seat-fillers have the chance to sit next to some of their favorite on-screen stars, but it’s not a permanent or guaranteed spot. Although it’s possible to take a seat for the entire show, some seat-fillers play a game of musical chairs throughout the night.

If this sounds up your alley, becoming a seat-filler is just an application away. Gotham Casting, a casting company based out of New York City, works with reality shows, commercials, music videos and events – like the People’s Choice Awards. Those interested in being in audiences and attending events can sign up to be added to their list of contacts, however those looking to attend the People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday have a special form to fill out. The application asks simple questions, like age and location, but it also requires applicants to include a photo, Instagram URL and Facebook URL. As of Monday, Gotham was still selecting people to attend the 2015 awards show.

Since the 2015 People’s Choice Awards is set to air live tonight at 9 p.m. EST, fans hoping to become a seat-filler may have missed the deadline. But should that epic seat-filler day ever arrive, here are some tips to be the best seat-filler in town:


Awards shows are all about timing. Make sure that your entire afternoon is clear on the day of the event. Although the show might start at 9, the audience starts filing in before that. Some seat-fillers might get an opening right away if a celebrity is late, while others will have to wait in the wings or in a backstage room.

Dress Code

Dress code for each event is different, so check with the casting group that booked you. Generally logos, stripes, patterns, prints and white are off-limits.

No Photos, Autographs Or Talking

You might be excited to be sitting next to your favorite celebrity, but unfortunately you can’t do anything about it. Casting agencies ask that you don’t talk to your neighbor, ask for an autograph or take a photo.

The 2015 People’s Choice Awards, hosted by “Mom” stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney, will air on CBS on Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 9 p.m. EST. Fashion lovers can watch the celebrities walk the red carpet at 8 p.m. EST on E! Click HERE for People’s Choice Awards live stream information and HERE for how to vote for your favorite TV show.