‘Twentysomethings: Austin’: Does the Cast Get Paid to Be on the Show?

Netflix released a new reality show where strangers lived in two homes together. Twentysomethings: Austin showed the reality stars also getting jobs, but do they get paid to be on the show? Here is everything you need to know.

The cast of ‘Twentysomethings: Austin’ had different jobs

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The cast of Twentysomethings: Austin included Abbey Humphreys, Isha Punja, Natalie Cabo, Raquel Daniels, Bruce Stephenson, Michael Fractor, Keauno Perez, and Kamari Bonds. The boys lived in one house, and the girls lived in another.

Many of them talked about wanting to pursue a career while in Austin. Michael worked on his standup comedy, Isha Punja tried to find a place to sell clothes from her brand, and Kamari Bonds wanted to find a new modeling agency.

But other roommates tried to find a job to make money. Abbey applied to be a bartender after telling someone she was running low on money. Natalie also got a job as a barista. But did the cast get any money for being on the show?

Does the ‘Twentysomethings: Austin’ cast get paid to be on the show?

(L to R) Raquel Daniels, Natalie Cabo, Isha Punja and Abbey Humphreys stand on a balcony looking down in Twentysomethings: Austin
(L to R) Raquel Daniels, Natalie Cabo, Isha Punja and Abbey Humphreys in Twentysomethings: Austin | Netflix © 2021

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Most reality shows give stars some money for filming. But Twentysomethings has a different approach from shows that came before it, like The Real World.

The Real World was on for 30 years or something. If you’re comparing me with a show with that much staying power, I’ll take it. I’m not gonna, I’m not gonna scoff at that,” showrunner Ian Gelfand told Us Weekly. “I do feel there are differences between this and The Real World. On The Real World, they all get a stipend of $1,000 a week or whatever. They don’t have to work.” 

He continued, “There’s a lot of drama. I don’t know if the term ‘real world’ actually works for that. I feel we’re much realer. But I don’t wanna bash anybody. It’s a great show to be compared to.”

The cast had to buy their food for the house. When they went out, they also paid their way. “When we would want them to do something just for us, then we were willing to pay for that, but in general, they had to take care of themselves,” Gelfand said. “And believe me, they would ask me for advances!”

Some cast members stayed after finding success

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The first season ended with the cast members deciding to either go home or stay in Austin. Isha and Michael decided to stay after she found some success with her clothing line. Keauno and Natalie Cabo started looking at places together in the city.

Meanwhile, other cast members decided to leave. Netflix hasn’t revealed whether the show will get another season.