Paid to Scare?

Hollywood, Ca

Want to work on your acting skills without embarrassment or have anyone recognize you when you mess up your lines? Would you like to perfect your movie make-up skills but have a hankering for blood? Don’t have the dough or the real estate to use all of that lighting equipment you bought to finish your DIY Hollywood film on a bitching haunted house? You might be in luck.

scary hollywoodThough the job market in Southern California and across the U.S. may be frightening to some — many local theme parks and other venues are offering some quick cash to those who aren’t afraid of the dark.

As it does every Halloween, Knott’s Berry Farm will turn into the 39th annual Knott’s “Scary” Farm later this fall, and the park is looking for a few good ghouls to haunt thirteen mazes, seven live shows and four “scare zones.” The call doesn’t just go out to high school kids looking for extra pocket money, many entertainment aficionados and Hollywood locals flock to the theme parks and or other Hollywood Scary Events to have a great time and get paid for playing their part in the Halloween festivities.

While the jobs are only temporary, Knott’s spokeswoman Jennifer Blazey explains that…

“scaring people isn’t always a walk in the park.”

“You have to have a lot of stamina, because you’re not just scaring a couple nights a week, you’re scaring every night for 28 nights and two days off a week.”

The park begins to get “scary” as October approaches, and starting in September, Knott’s begins hiring about 1,000 seasonal workers to fill what they call “monster positions”. Each year the theme park holds a “scare fair” at the Knott’s Training Center off Western Avenue.

Blazey also said “they’re also looking hard for 35 people with a persona and presence and a scare factor that’s really high whom visitors will see roaming freely around Ghost Town and other areas of the park.”

Some other reasons you might want to take a job like this seriously, even if it’s just for the short term; These Halloween Events need more than just people to dress up like witches and zombies. It can also be an opportunity for you to get a foot in the Door. Pimping your skills as a Make-up Artist, Special Effect Technician or Lighting Grip in an atmosphere such as this can only be a good thing for you. The build up to opening all these Halloween events requires 100’s of Set Builders, Set Painters, Costume Design, and even people who work with Animatronics, Puppeteering and Electricians. Who knows? Impress the right person and you could land a full time gig in the real world of Hollywood.

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