Get paid to eat, sit and play video games: Entertainment + Media jobs

Having a job in Entertainment and Media must be pretty exciting and glamorous, right? Whilst we're sure that’s often the case, not everything is as it seems. All that technological change that we wrote about yesterday has meant awesome things for consumers. But rapid change can make it difficult to negotiate a steady career course.

Today we’re taking a look at three jobs in the sector that made us stop and read them twice during our research. It’s a bit of a mixed bag. We can’t say whether or not these are worthwhile pursuing…but it was fun learning about them.

We'll let you make up your own mind about how exciting and glamorous they are.

1. Seat Filler at Awards Shows

Yes, this is an actual job!

At big, fancy awards shows, producers hate having empty seats in the audience. It’s bad TV when the camera pans the crowd and viewers get a shot of empty seats. This is especially true if they happen to be in the first dozen rows, where all the big name stars and awards nominees will be seated.

Anytime that a celebrity has to get up and leave their seat for any reason (e.g. to present or accept an award, go to the bathroom, or if they’ve simply arrived late), the show producers will dispatch a trusty seat filler to occupy the void until the celebrity returns.

That sounds like a pretty good gig to me. You get all dressed up, attend an awards show, wait until there’s a seat that needs filling and, basically, get paid to just sit around.

Well…not so fast. It ain’t for everyone. A few years ago a reporter was covering the Spike TV Scream Awards when they were thrust into the spotlight. Here’s what they learnt from their experience – Confessions of an Award Show Seat Filler.

Credit: Maciej Korsan

Credit: Maciej Korsan

2. Video Game Tester

We know a lot of people who’d love to land this one.

Imagine being paid to explore the Kingdom of Azeroth, or to hone your Minecraft skills. If you think that sounds like an awesome job, you’re not alone. These roles tend to be in high-demand, so competition for jobs can be fierce. That also means that pay is not much more than minimum wage.

This Q+A gives you a bit of insight into the life of a video game tester. What skills are important to be successful? It’s a pretty interesting list:

  • Ability to handle stress and stay calm under pressure
  • Analytical thinking
  • Communication skills

In case you want to learn more, we found this handy career guide on how to become a video game tester.

3. Livestream Eater

This one is hard to stomach – pun intended. Originating in South Korea, this trend is known as ‘Mokbang’ and involves broadcasts of people eating humongous amounts of food for a live audience.

One Mokbang star – Park Seo-Yeon – is known as ‘The Diva’. She is one of the highest paid online eaters, reportedly earning up to $9,000 a month. A consultant by day and food-porn star by night, she can allegedly consume as much food as 4 grown men.

Notable eating sessions have consisted of 2 medium pizzas, or 30 fried eggs and a box of crab legs. One night she ate 12 beef patties, 12 fried eggs and 3 servings of kimchi soup…with a salad.

Watch for yourself:


This triumvirate definitely makes for the strangest job round up we've done to date. We hope that you've enjoyed reading about them.