Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: So just what is MessyWorks anyhow?
A: MessyWorks is a new company formed out of Chicago for women only that combines messiness with humorous situations to produce a messy slapstick/sketch/improv comedy show, similar to "Saturday Night Live" or "MadTV" (but still different!). It's a safe, fun company that employs females of all ages to perform messy skits and/or novelty (messy) wrestling for videotapings in front of a live audience.

Q: What are the messy stunts and what does novelty wrestling involve?
A: Some of the messy stunts available are pie throwing contests (pie fights), mud volleyball, messy musical chairs, messy photo shoots, etc. Novelty wrestling involves wrestling in such things as mud, shaving cream, Jell-O, pudding, etc.

Q: Will I have to quit my job to join MessyWorks?
A: Not at all. MessyWorks will be more than happy to work around your personal schedule. You may work as much, or as little as you like.

Q: I'm not sure I have a lot of time to devote, how much time will this require?
A: There's no easy answer to this one. A lot of our ladies have other jobs and other interests, and we're certainly a family of over-achievers! While we want everyone to be involved in recruiting others and contributing to the show and keeping in touch and everything, we don't require a specific amount of time from people, you should devote as much time as you think you should, keeping in mind that we are going to want you to recruit, keep in touch with us, and generally contribute and participate. We're pretty open-minded about your other interests and aren't going to insist you drop them to be with us, but at the same time, if you're not going to put forth a fair effort, then it's not going to be a very fun experience for either of us.

Q: Is there a lot of traveling involved?
A: You will not be required to travel; however, there are more opportunities if you do elect to travel.

Q: Are we paid to participate in shows?
A: Absolutely. All shows are paid.

Q: What kinds of clothes do you wear for this?
A: Almost anything. Shirts, skirts, blouses, shorts, dresses, robes, tops, rompers...nice clothes, not T- shirts and jeans...things that look nice.

Q: Hey, I have clothes like that...can you use them?
A: Probably. Send us a detailed list of what you have, including fabric, size, and a complete description, and we'll mail you back with a list of what we can use. We'll pay you for regular postage (not UPS or FedEx) plus a small consideration, based on what you donate. Please make sure that it is all in like new condition. Nothing torn or ratty looking, please.

Q: What other things do you need other than clothes?
A: We always need hair accessories... headbands, ponytailers, hairties, scrunchies...again, send us a detailed list of what you have, and we'll get back to you.

Q: I don't really have the time to write down all the clothes I there another option?
A: Sure. Just put everything you have in a package and we can sort it out on our own. Anything we don't need will be donated to women's shelters.

Q: Anything else you need?
A: Always. We're always on the lookout for supporters and sponsors. We can always use places to help provide us with supplies, such as clay to use as mud, bakeries that will make us pies, and so on and so forth. We always need these places in every city, so we can have a reliable place to help us plan things in advance when we travel. If you know of anyplace, write or e-mail us, but check with the place first to see if they would not mind helping us out. We can look up names just as easy as you can. We are looking for places that are willing to help us, not just the names of places.

Q: I'm not a model, and don't really look like a model. Can I sign up?
A: Absolutely! We're all about having women from all walks of life and of all shapes and sizes be a part of our group! This is about having a lot of fun, making friends and meeting people, not about being a model! Just check out below how to sign up!

Q: I'm not much of an actress. Can I sign up?
A: Absolutely! Being a professional actress isn't a requirement for this. This won't require intensive rehearsals, learning lots of lines, knowing a lot of acting lingo, it's more about having a good time and showcasing your personality. There will be some acting, of course, but nothing that would be too difficult! We think you'll find a good majority of the women involved AREN'T professional actresses, but rather just women that want to have some fun and act silly for a bit.

Q: I don't really think I'm funny. Can I sign up?
A: Sure can! This isn't about writing jokes, or doing stand-up comedy, or having scripted one-liners. The skits will be humorous on their own, and we just want your sparkling personality to bring out the humor of the situation!

Q: Sounds like fun. Where do I sign up?
A: Just e-mail us at or with your name, mailing address, age and phone number. Someone will be in touch with you to arrange for an interview. All information obtained is considered confidential, and won't be misused in any way. You can also look us up on Facebook at

Q: Do I have to get messy to be a part of MessyWorks?
A: Not at all! Check out our jobs section for a listing of jobs behind the camera that will enable you to be a part of us and remain clean.

Q: I'm a guy. Can I join?
A: No.

Q: Is there anything a guy can do in MessyWorks?
A: Sure. Show up, be a fan. However, males will never be an active participant in any of our shows. Male friends and relatives of our women may be invited to help out in off-camera positions.

Q: I don't live near Chicago...can I still join?
A: Yup. We have members all over the U.S.

Q: What if I don't live in the U.S. or Canada? Can I still join?
A: Sorry, but we just don't have the available resources to try to do shows anywhere other than the U.S. and Canada at this point. Keep us in mind, though, we're always expanding!

Q: I don't live near Chicago, so how am I notified of important events, etc.?
A: We're working on a new e-mail distribution list for MessyWorks.

Q: What's MessyWorks' e-mail?
A: All mail should be directed to

Q: Do you have any pictures or videotapes for sale?
A: We do have one video available. More are on the way.

Q: How 'bout anything on the Web site?
A: We will have a few "teasers" on the site to promote our photos and videos, but there will be very little. We don't want people stealing our images and not buying our merchandise.

Q: How do I correspond with the women of MessyWorks?
A: Send all mail to our snail mail addy or to our e-mail addy. Both addresses are listed below. All mail is screened before being sent along, so the mail had better be "G" rated, or it will be thrown away or deleted. Many of our women are married, so don't send any mail you wouldn't want YOUR wife, YOUR girlfriend or YOUR daughter to get. This includes comments on Facebook. We generally accept most requests (except private profiles), but you will be deleted and reported as spam if you attempt to post an inappropriate comment.

Q: What's your mailing address?
A: Snail mail can be sent to: MessyWorks c/o Shadow Fire Promotions, Inc., P.O. Box 2746, Chicago, IL 60690.



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