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 "x" 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
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
Q: Are we paid to participate in shows? A: Absolutely. All shows are paid. However you will be asked to take some promotional photos for merchandising purposes that are unpaid. You make a commission from each promotional photo of you that is sold.
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: 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 in a phone book just as easy as you can. We are
looking for places that are willing to help us, not just the names of
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
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: 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.
Q: I don't live near Chicago...can I still
join? A: Yup. We have members all over the
U.S. and some in Canada as well.
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.
Q: I don't live near Chicago, so how am I
notified of important events, etc.? A: Upon joining, you will have a custom professional e-mail created for you, and that e-mail
addresses will be subscribed to our e-mail distribution list for
MessyWorks. Important things and anything of significance will be
posted to the forum, and if you have something to contribute, we will
tell you how to post to it yourself, so it is in your best interest to check this custom mail every so often, especially if we make business cards for you. Having a professional mail, as opposed to a "hotmail" or "yahoo" or other free ad-supported accounts looks better when dealing with the public or potential recruits.
Q: I'm really not much of a joiner, but this still sounds interesting. Can I do anything without joining? A: Again, it's likely not going to be a lot of fun for you if you don't join, since this is all about creating a family environment for everyone, but if you just want to try it out to see how you like it, then we can create a personal messy stress session just for you, that isn't photographed or videotaped unless you request it. Any woman can come to MessyWorks and create their own stunt they wish to do to relieve their stress. You will work one on one with a MessyWorks employee. The session prices vary with different scenarios, and there is a required $55.00 non-refundable security deposit for supplies. Call us for details on how to sign up for your own private session.
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
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 or
YOUR girlfriend to get. This includes comments on MySpace or 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
Q: I heard something about a Pie-A-
Gram™. What's that? A: It's kind of like Dial-A-Pie or
something similar. For $75, we'll hit the person of your choice with a
Q: That sounds too easy...what's the
catch? A: No catch. There are terms,
Q: I thought so. What are these terms?
A: Real simple. You must pay in
advance. Our mailing address is below. We cannot accept credit cards.
Personal checks are fine, but they must clear our bank first, so a
money order is your best bet. Please do not send cash, as we are not
responsible for cash lost in the mail. We have to have the money
before anything happens. We can NOT do anonymous hits. Your intended
victim will be told who ordered the hit, who we are, and what we are.
If your intended wants revenge, that's not our call. We will have a
towel to help clean up the target afterwards. You are responsible to
make sure the intended target is in the right place at the right time.
There are NO refunds. You will be required to sign some
documents releasing our ladies and our service from any legal action
that might arise from your hiring of the Pie-A-Gram™ service.
Q: Is this Pie-A-Gram™ available
everywhere? A: At present, we are not offering this
service. Keep checking back for more information on this.