Have you ever seen people you know on TV?

@RawBill1 (8542)
Gold Coast, Australia
October 6, 2010 3:18am CST
Or perhaps you may have been on TV yourself and someone else saw you. Or you could be like me and whenever I have been on TV and known about it, I have watched to see myself! The other night I was relaxing and watching the opening ceremony from the Commonwealth Games in India and I took note of the Norfolk Island team as they came out. I paid extra special attention to this team as I visited this small island this year for an archery competition. I knew they were going to be involved in the games, but I was still surprised to see two familiar faces of people that I know from the archery club on Norfolk Island. They were just marching along and smiling and waving at the crowd! It reminded me of the time that a neighbour of mine told my wife that she had been watching a TV show at home while doing the ironing and she saw me! I had worked as an extra on the TV show four years beforehand and she saw me!
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• United States
6 Oct 10
Yes, just watch the show "Cops". Many of my friends have all been on that show.
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Oct 10
Cops! Really? Ooh, that's not good!
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• United States
7 Oct 10
Where I'm from, it's common!
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Oct 10
Really! I would think about moving if I were you!
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
6 Oct 10
hi Bill, before i forget to ask u 'again' did your magpies win a few weeks back when u were talking about it on here. I kept meaning to ask & would forget & didn't hear anything about it on tv. I don't think i ever have seen anybody i know on tv.When my sons go to knoxville, tn. to see Tennessee vols play i always look for them or anybody from here but have never sen them. I have seen people i know on the local news like the mayor, police chief etc. but noone exciting like my kids.
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
6 Oct 10
YES! They did end up winning "eventually!" Thanks for asking. The game was initially a tie. The magpies lead the whole game and looked to win it, but the saints came back and they had a close contest back and forth swapping the lead until the scores were level at the end! Under AFL rules, a tied Grand Final means that both teams are required to play out the whole game again the following week. There is no extra time for the Grand Final. So we had the excitement of Grand Final week lasting two weeks although the lead up to the second game was more low key. Anyway, my team, the Magpies got off to a great start again, but this time they totally dominated the whole game and won easily!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
6 Oct 10
hip, hip hooray!! way to go magpies!!!
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Oct 10
Thanks.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
6 Oct 10
That's a great story, love it! Have you ever heard of Lily Savage? It's a character played by Paul O'Grady and he/she is extremely funny. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_O%27Grady Anyway, Lily Savage played at the Layton Institute (a club) that's just round the corner from where I used to live with my parents. Well, on this particular night, it was televised! Thankfully, I didn't see myself on telly (it was recorded so we could watch it at a later date) but I DID see my Dad, smiling away! I've been to a few televised events, such as footy matches involving Carlisle United but I've not seen myself on those either..could see John though with his red hair, not hard to spot at the best of times.
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Oct 10
I have never heard of Lily Savage or Paul O'Grady. It sounds like he is a bit of a Dame Edna Everidge copycat to me. It must have been fun seeing your dad on telly. I have seen myself on TV a few times when I have been in the crowd at the recording of an AFL football TV show and also at the media launch for the Pan Pacific Masters Games, which I have been involved in for the last few years.
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@Janey1966 (24127)
• Carlisle, England
7 Oct 10
I saw Dame Edna the first time I was in Las Vegas. What a hilarious show! Lily Savage is a Scouser, an accent totally different so I guess the humour won't be as subtle.
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• United States
6 Oct 10
Yeah, actually! I was watching the news and my best friends mom (who I call mom too) was on the TV for a make up thing. It was so funny! She's extremely beautiful so I am sure that's why they asked her ;)
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
6 Oct 10
Wow! That must have been a surprise for you if you did not know about it beforehand. Did you ring her up all excited about it?
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
12 Oct 10
HaHa, when I was on the news, I found the link to the story online and then posted it on Facebook!
@lynnemg (4539)
• United States
6 Oct 10
Years and years ago, my biological fatehr was on television for a commercial that had to do with the business he works for. I only saw it once or twice, but it was I also know a few business owners here, where I live now, and hace seen a couple of them on television doing their commercials.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
6 Oct 10
Oh yes, I have a sister who is a tv news presenter and when I watched the 8.00 o'clock news, I look at her as if I am looking at myself as we do look alike especially with our family trademark of our big eyes. The only difference is she is much younger than me. .
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
6 Oct 10
WOW! That must be really incredible to see your sister on TV all of the time! Is she really famous over there? Some of the news readers over here are very well known.
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@ktmatunog (914)
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
I have seen my long lost playmate in a TV commercial. And back then, he was already so famous being a local fresh actor. That was so fast!
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
6 Oct 10
I guess it is not so surprising to see your friends if they are already in the industry and a bit famous, but it would still be surprising and a pretty cool. A bit like hearing a friends music on the radio for the first time too. I have experienced that as well.
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@kodukodu84 (1576)
• Malaysia
6 Oct 10
I haven't been on TV myself, but I saw my neighbour's daughter also used to be my work mate playing her little part in a drama as a nurse. I found it really funny and I laughed at her at work the next day, because she was only 18, but she was acting like a mature nurse in a hospital, really funny. We have a big TV at work, and whenever the next episode of the drama plays that was showing the hospital episode, we will all scream "Nadia!!!!". I remember how she struggled to get the TV turned off that time.
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
6 Oct 10
HaHa! That is really funny. She was obviously a bit embarrassed by having her work friends see her on TV. Perhaps she should not be doing this type of work if she is going to feel that way. I think it would be great myself!
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@angelsmummy (1700)
6 Oct 10
I went on a chat show once, wish I hadnt but apparently we needed too... Very long story... and my friend sent me a text when it was aired to say I saw you on TV. I was so embarressed I hoped noone would see it but thats wishful thinking I guess lol. I have seen somebosy I know on TV twice, but we dont get along nymore so I didnt let her know I had seen it... It is a strange experience.
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@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
6 Oct 10
A chat show? I hope it was not one of those Jerry Springer type shows! If you did not want anybody to see it, then that pretty much guarantees that someone you know would. If you wanted al your friends to see it, then no one would have been watching!
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• Australia
13 Oct 10
I was on Sevens Super Saturday back in 1985 with Jill, Agro & Boris...I don't remember if any of my friends saw me but my mum did tape it so I could watch it & I still have the tape which I can show my daughter mummy on tv when mummy was a little girl I was lucky enough to be one of the kids that comteted in the obstacle course out the back of the studio!
• Australia
13 Oct 10
BW, which tv show did you work as an extra on?
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
14 Oct 10
Ha Ha! I remember Agro! That was a great show. That must have been fun to go on that as a kid. I was on this show with Heath Ledger http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GGSMO4?tag=imdb-adbox I just bought this series from JB HiFi the other day, so I will finally get to see whether I made it to the screen or not in it. I was on a crappy soap called Pacific Drive too. You may remember that one. I did make it to the screen on that one as my neighbour saw me on it 4 years later. I have not seen the footage of that either as I was overseas by the time it was aired.
• Australia
15 Oct 10
I remember Pacific Drive - that was crap huh?? At least you got paid for your "work" though I also remember Roar! Did they shoot that on the coast or on VIC? It was fun doing the obstacle course on Seven's Super Saturday...Boris even tried to get me to win & let me not eat the baked bean as he discovered that I didn't like them as a kid
@annavi23 (6302)
• Philippines
8 Oct 10
yes,i have seen people i know appear in tv. it was my sister,who once had been an audience to one of the noon time shows,philippines has. she had a classmate who is niece of one of the noontime show hosts there that's why they grabbed the opportunity to watch the show for free. it was nice to see that my sister has been to that show,eventhough she was not most of the time seen to it,it just feels good. i also have some relatives who have this habit of joining contests on such noontime shows.they have been luckily picked as contestants,though they are not that lucky to be in the jackpot rounds. i myself have been seen on tv,it's just that i haven't seen the said program. well,it was a news actually,and that time i am in the public office,just happened to have a chance to be seen in the camera,though i haven't watched it myself.too bad... oh,i remember i had this topic same as yours back 5 months ago... http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2322320.aspx i had fun with some mylotters who answered back then...
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
12 Oct 10
I just responded to your discussion. That is funny that you have one very similar! You might be able to see yourself in the news program that you were on if you search for it online. Many of these news shows have websites with archives of their stories. It depends on how long ago it was. One time when I was on the news, I missed the actual show on TV, but I went to their website and watched it there.
@annavi23 (6302)
• Philippines
12 Oct 10
that was really long time ago,and i have tried searching for it,but seems like i should really have the exact date for me to view that news.anyways,that was long time ago. it was a nice thing for someone to recognize you in a show or news on tv. it feels like you are a star for a while and people who know you can be happy while seeing you on tv,right? it feels great!
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
12 Oct 10
I just found the other TV series that I was in which never made it to Australian TV. I can buy the series on DVD pretty cheaply, so I think I will do that to see if I can see myself. I might even enjoy the series! This is it here on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GGSMO4?tag=imdb-adbox
@veganbliss (3903)
• Adelaide, Australia
7 Oct 10
Yes, I've been on national TV! How long ago were you on, Bill & for how long, which channel, what show? Remember McLeod's Daughters drama series? I played an Anglican Minister in a flashback from the late 1800's. This was a few years ago... 2006, I think. I have it on video as well. I didn't have a speaking part, but it payed well... about $300 for a few hours "work"! I ended up being on for about 30 seconds, but hey! Met all the actors; they were all good people. Had to take a day off work, but "oh well"!
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Oct 10
McLeod's Daughters. Wow! I remember the show although I never watched it. I was on a daytime soap called Pacific Drive which was filmed on the Gold Coast during the 90's. I was on an episode in 1997 just walking around in the background and then pretending to drink a coffee in a cafe. This was seen by my neighbour in 2001! She got a good shock and a laugh out of it! In the same year I also spent the day pretending to be someone living in 4th century Ireland in an American TV series that was filmed here called Roar. That was an interesting day, watching the special effects, being made up and having to stop shooting every time a boat went down the river or a helicopter from Dreamworld flew overhead! I got to work alongside and meet Heath Ledger that day. He was of course unknown then.
• Adelaide, Australia
8 Oct 10
Wow! An autograph from Heath would be worth good money today :-). I think I'll give my agent the sack when I move up to Queensland... one job every three years is just not good enough! I got my joining fee back many times over, but surely they can do better than that. Looks like there's plenty of opportunities around up there from what you're saying. Did you take any acting courses or classes? Do you have an agent or just respond to adverts?
• Adelaide, Australia
16 Nov 10
Thanks for the BR, mate. I might sign up to E-Caster when I get up there. It's not looking too good on the jobs front up there, but plenty down here.
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
7 Oct 10
A restaurant I worked in once was featured in a travel show,and I could see myself working away in the background when it aired...and a Girl I worked with was runner up in a TV Talent school show..
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Oct 10
Cool! Did you look like you were working hard in the background? Did you know they were filming you at the time? It can be hard to work like normal when the cameras are watching you. I once had to pretend I was working for a newspaper photographer who was doing an article on my work place. It looked ridiculous to me in the photo as I could tell that I was not really working, but posing!
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
7 Oct 10
I knew the cameras were rolling,but the focus was to have been on the food and the presenters..it just happened that they threw in a wide shot,and there I was in the background,unaware I was on screen! The place I'm working now actually just featured in another Foodie/ local travel show that aired this past week..The editors cut the show very tightly,so all we saw of our place was a couple of exterior shots,a few tight shots of the presenters preparing food in the kitchen (a closed set..none of our staff appeared) then the presenters went out with the produce they'd gathered and prepared to our cruise boat to feed and chat with a Local charitable group that got invited along..I was working on the boat with them that afternoon,but the tiny glimpse of the staff visible out at the open back of the boat while the presenters were in the Cabin with the group, seen from another camera in a second boat circling us,was so fast you couldn't tell who it was!
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Oct 10
It sounds like you always work at interesting places if you keep getting featured by the media. It is amazing how much they can edit things isn't it. You see them there filming for hours just for a little short piece that gets seen.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
9 Oct 10
I was on the evening news once! When the presenter announced how well the New Year celebrations had gone the night before there I was with my friend bedside me appearing behind the newsreader’s head! They filmed us dancing for what seemed to be a really long time. That was my ten minutes of fame…(Sigh..)
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
11 Oct 10
Hi Paula. That must have been a surprise. Did you know that you were behind the presenter at the time, or were you just dancing away blissfully unaware of the filming?
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
12 Oct 10
We had no clue we were being filmed because I am way too shy to dance in front of any camera let alone a TV one! It was a shock to see myself and lucky I happened to be watching the news at that particular time otherwise I may never have known I was on TV!
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
12 Oct 10
It would have been a huge shock to see yourself then!
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@Fishmomma (11523)
• United States
7 Oct 10
I think its great to see family and friends on television. Several people have been on game shows and 1 is an actresses that use to live near us. I tried to get on a game show, but didn't get picked.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
8 Oct 10
My sister went on a game show once but I did not see her. She was eliminated pretty quickly apparently. It was a show that I had never seen before but one that she loved to watch. Was the actress that lived near you really famous or only just a little bit famous?
@Fishmomma (11523)
• United States
8 Oct 10
She was on the television show Charmed and several other shows. One is a current comedy. Its always great to see people are successful when they want to be in the business.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
11 Oct 10
Wow. Charmed was a pretty big show worldwide for a few years. Even I saw an episode or two of that one and I rarely watch American TV shows! She must be good at what she does as most people who are actors, never get to be on top rating shows.
@kay2010 (178)
• United States
7 Oct 10
Yes, I did see a scientist on the local news a few years back. I had met him just the week before and he was classmates with my mother when they were in school. It was pretty funny to see someone like that knew my mother for years before, and I had only just met him.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Oct 10
Welcome to MyLot Kay2010. That is pretty weird how you just met him prior to seeing him on TV. If it had been the other way around, you would not have recognised him and would not have thought anything about it. Then when you met him, you probably would not have realised that he was the person that you had seen on TV as your brain would not have stored the memory of him as strongly.
@kay2010 (178)
• United States
7 Oct 10
You're probably right. Thanks for the welcome!
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
8 Oct 10
No worries.
• Brazil
7 Oct 10
I think i would never appear on TV. Im kinda shy and i always run from cameras when i see it, and not only for TV, but even for a silly newspaper interview. I guess I just dont like to be in evidence. But I like to see people i know on TV, especially when its completly unexpected. My counsins love surfing and once there was this National Tournament happening in a city in Rio de Janeiro. There were this journalist interviewing a few surfers on the beach about the big tournament and one of them were my cousin! When i saw her i thought "wow what a small world!" hahahah
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Oct 10
Welcome to MyLot CuCookie. That would have been a surprise to see your cousin on the TV at the contest. Was she competing or just watching? I am a pretty shy and quiet sort of person too, but I do not mind being on camera for some reason. Just looking for my 15 minutes of fame I guess.
• Brazil
7 Oct 10
Thanks for the Welcome, Bill! :D She was just watching though. Who knows, my cousins are pretty good at surfing, maybe one day i actually see one of them winning the tournament on TV instead! That would be nice! hahaha :D
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
8 Oct 10
No worries. That would be nice indeed. Those surfers live a pretty good lifestyle from what I have seen.
• United States
7 Oct 10
no never i think its cause i don't watch news but my father told me one of my aunts was in a movie as an extra seeing that it was shot on the island i was born.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
7 Oct 10
I don't watch news either unless I know that I will be on it. Recently I watched it after a car drove into a neighbours swimming pool. That was in another discussion of mine! You might be able to find some footage of that movie online if you know the title of it. Everything is online these days!
• United States
7 Oct 10
lol i see
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
12 Oct 10
@Angelwriter (1956)
• United States
15 Oct 10
I used to watch this local kids show. When I was in the 6th grade, we switched schools and two of my new classmates turned out to be cast members.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
15 Oct 10
Wow, that must have been pretty weird. Did you feel funny around them because they were famous?
@mareeh (266)
• Philippines
12 Oct 10
I have a schoolmate and he's pretty much on TV since he's kind of famous now. He's a basketball player and he's good at it and every time their team plays, they air it on TV. We're not really friends but I am very proud of him. It's a nice feeling also that you get to see someone you know being famous because they're good at something. You feel happy and you just want to tell your friends, hey, I know that guy.
@RawBill1 (8542)
• Gold Coast, Australia
12 Oct 10
Yeah, it is great when school friends go on to become great at something. That did not happen to any of my school friends that I know of. I lost contact with most of them years ago. A friend of mine is the massage therapist for the local basketball team in the national league here. So sometimes when visiting his house you see famous basketball players there.