What Is OTL Seat Fillers?

What Is OTL Seat Fillers?

An Introduction to a Win-Win Concept for Events & Event-goers

By Lu, OTL Seat Fillers & City Guides

Curious about OTL Seat Fillers?

Imagine this: local shows sometimes have empty seats, killing the vibe and missing out on popcorn sales.

That's where OTL Seat Fillers steps in! It's a club with no meetings - just fun and free tickets.

Here's the scoop: entertainment partners, expecting some empty spots, send exclusive invites to OTL Seat Fillers. As a member, you're in for a treat – surprise private invites and free tickets to fantastic events, spanning select locations in the US and London.

Being an OTL Seat Filler means seizing those surprise invites and bringing up to 3 guests along. It's your ticket to sporadic live shows, minus the ticket cost stress. So, exactly what is OTL Seat Fillers? It's your VIP free ticket pass to plays, musicals, comedy gigs, and other live shows and events.

By the way, I'm Lu and OTL my and my family's labor of love. We believe in the concept and are excited to celebrate our 10th Anniversary in 2024!

If you haven't heard of OTL before, that's not surprising, though. We've been flying under the radar, as we can't promote the names of our fantastic entertainment partners so that we don't impact their regular ticket sales. But we've had members on board for a decade, and they love the surprises that come with the club. Some members have reaped the benefit of thousands in ticket value in a single year!

If you decide to give it a try, I hope you love it, too!

So, Really, What Is OTL Seat Fillers?

Imagine this – on Tuesday, your weekend plans are a blank slate. But come Wednesday, a private invitation to a new play in town lands in your lap out of the blue. It's the kind of fun and surprise that defines the OTL experience!

OTL is a membership club, but not your typical membership club. Yes, you pay dues - super, duper low dues - but that's all you pay. And, there are no meetings to attend - just entertainment for you and your guests!

Unlike award show seat fillers who temporarily fill seats for VIPs and aren't there to enjoy the show, let alone sit with their guests, OTL seat fillers are the opposite. OTL seat filler members ARE the VIPs. They receive private invitations and free tickets to local shows, like comedy shows, plays, musicals, and special events.

Simply put, OTL connects event providers with event-goers in a win-win scenario. And, if you're curious about it, keep reading because I'll walk you through it, step-by-step.

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Step-by-Step Guide to the OTL Experience

1. Never Pay for Tickets or Crazy Fees: As an OTL member, you never have to worry about the cost of tickets or those pesky ticket fees. It's all on us!

2. Flexible Plans: Join with a 2-seat or 4-seat plan (cancel anytime) starting at just $3.65 a month. It's an affordable way to treat your guests as well as yourself with no c-c-c-commitment!

3. Exclusive Invitations from Entertainment Partners: When an entertainment partner (whether a theatre, comedy club, or a music venue) expects to have some open seats, they discreetly invite OTL seat fillers to fill them. You're in for a VIP experience!

4. OTL Alerts: OTL keeps you in the loop by alerting you when complimentary tickets are available in your area. Get ready to discover the hottest shows in town. No plans this weekend? You might very soon!

5. VIP Reservations: Head to the OTL VIP area to make your reservations. It's your ticket to securing a spot at the most sought-after performances. You make a reservation in your private member area and receive an email confirmation. OTL compiles all of the reservations and sends a will-call list to the venue, so they can distribute the tickets.

6. Complimentary Tickets at the Box Office: Just before showtime, swing by the venue's box office to pick up your complimentary tickets. All you have to do is show your ID because you're "On The List" through OTL. No coupons to print or present, no hassle, no fuss – just pure entertainment!

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Benefits for Seat Fillers and the Venues That Invite Them

OTL isn't just about free tickets – it's a win-win scenario. Seat fillers relish the thrill of unexpected shows without worrying about the cost, while our entertainment partners enjoy a larger audience, boosted revenue from food, beverages, and merchandise, and the chance to showcase their top-notch venue and entertainment to new patrons.

Here are just some of the benefits for seat fillers and entertainment partners:

Seat Filler Benefits

  • Pay between 3.65 and 15.99 a month for all-inclusive membership dues (price is based on location and 2 or 4-seat plans).
  • Two and four-seat plan options allow you to treat your guests.
  • All tickets are included.
  • Tickets offered to seat fillers must have a value attached - meaning, the public is paying to attend. OTL doesn't offer free events. It offers free tickets to paid events.
  • Introductions to fantastic shows and events that might not have even been on your radar, but you'll love them!
  • A great way for families to stretch their entertainment budget (not all shows are family-friendly - age restrictions are included on the event postings).
  • Fun surprises - shows pop up out of the blue.
  • Upscale - you're not printing out coupons or receiving discounts - as an OTL seat filler, you're on the VIP comp list!
  • Cancel anytime (but, why?)

We've used our membership for many shows.  It has paid for itself with the very first event we went to.  Love it!

Partner Benefits

  • A handy marketing tool that's 100% effective. You receive a reservation list and know how many seat fillers are attending.
  • Private - OTL never publicly shares the names of its entertainment partners, so your regular ticket sales aren't impacted.
  • Free - yes, you provide complimentary admissions but the service is free.
  • You handle your tickets - you let OTL know how many people you'd like to invite and OTL compiles a reservation list for your Will-Call window. Members stop by right before the show.
  • It's a fantastic way to recoup some lost revenue from unsold seats - seat fillers buy food, beverages, merchandise, and pay for parking.
  • Build your marketing list - ask seat fillers to sign in when they arrive and add them to your email or mailing list.
  • Fast and easy - you provide a few details and OTL takes care of the rest.
  • You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. An empty seat doesn't applaud or buy things!
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OTL Isn't Right For Everyone - Is It Right for You?

Now, it's essential to note that OTL Seat Fillers might not be for everyone. If you have limited availability in your schedule and prefer predictability in your entertainment plans, you might want to consider purchasing tickets. OTL never knows what's about to pop up. Some months, there could be one or even no opportunities, and the next month, you could have your pick from five invitations.

If you're not big on surprises, only enjoy one type of entertainment (like concerts), or can only attend shows on specific days, OTL might not align with your preferences. So, be sure to contact OTL and ask questions before joining. OTL is a family-run club, and we want everyone to LOVE the concept and appreciate being a part of something unique.

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Support Local Arts & Entertainment

As an OTL member, you contribute to the vibrancy of your community's cultural scene while relishing the thrill of unexpected shows. It's a great way to support local arts and entertainment – by enjoying it!

Now that you know what OTL Seat Fillers is, and you're armed with insider knowledge, dive into the OTL experience at OTLSeatFillers.com. Unleash the fun, embrace the surprises, and make every show an unforgettable adventure! The secret's out – OTL Seat Fillers is your key to a world of entertainment, and now you're part of the excitement!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any additional costs besides the monthly dues for OTL Seat Fillers?

No, there are no additional costs. As a member, you never pay for tickets or crazy ticket fees for you or your guests. It's all covered in your monthly dues.

Can I choose the type of entertainment I want to attend through OTL Seat Fillers?

Absolutely! OTL alerts you when complimentary tickets are available, and you have the freedom to choose what you want to attend. Plays, musicals, and comedy shows are typically the most commonly offered tickets, but seat fillers have attended everything from film festivals to dance classes to sporting events, burlesque shows, and interactive experiences.

How often can I expect opportunities as an OTL Seat Filler?

The frequency of opportunities varies. Some months, there might be one or no invitations, while other months could offer five or more choices. It's the unpredictability that adds to the excitement of being an OTL Seat Filler! Keep in mind, too, that some locations are more active than others. OTL has identified six cities that typically have more shows and events – Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. But dues in on-call cities (aka the slower ones) are so low (we’re talking $3.65 a month low for 2 tickets per show!) that one event in an on-call city could more than offset membership dues for two years or more!