Las Vegas, NV (PressExposure) May 21, 2009 -- A celebrity impersonator or lookalike is an artist who copies or imitates a world famous celebrity, be it a film star, pop star, politician, sportsperson or royalty. A pre-requisite for being a celebrity impersonator is that the artist must bear at least a passing resemblance to the celebrity he or she aims to impersonate. A good make-up artist will do the rest.
We are in the throes of a media revolution which has spawned a new generation of in your face celebrities. Today, celebrities are in close contact with their fans through social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter etc. A spin-off of this revolution is the demand, nay, hunger among fans to see the celebrity in flesh and blood. But that is a far off dream. So they settle for the next best thing i.e. a celebrity lookalike. This is where companies providing celebrity impersonators come in.
We have celebrity lookalikes everywhere, on television shows such as American Idol, Big Brother and America's Got Talent, or in the movies where they mostly have a comedy routine. Celebrity lookalikes are hired to make a special appearance at parties, carnivals, corporate events or any other occasion that the client wants. They are paid to mingle with the guests, put on an act or two, and generally to give everyone present a good time.
There are many entertainment companies which provide celebrity impersonators on hire. Almost every famous personality, right from pop stars like Madonna, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Cher, Beyonce Knowles, to film stars like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Aniston, is on the repertoire of celebrity impersonator agents and entertainment companies. You can get lookalikes of politicians like Barack Obama, his wife Michelle Obama, George Bush, Bill Clinton, and even the erstwhile vice-presidential candidate- Sarah Palin. Lookalikes of sports persons like David Beckham, Mike Tyson, Wayne Rooney etc. are also available easily. Among the famous royals of whom there is a good demand for celebrity impersonators are Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana and Prince Charles.
The really good celebrity lookalikes are invited on shows and might even get their one minute of fame through bit parts on TV or in the movies. Some really good Elvis impersonators and Beatles impersonators take the stage to perform in Elvis tribute shows and Beatles tribute shows all over the world and in Las Vegas in particular. But it takes a lot of hard work and perseverance to make it as a celebrity impersonator.
Las Vegas holds an annual convention of celebrity Impersonators at one of its casinos. Impersonators from all over the world at large, converge here to mingle with other performers of their ilk. They exchange notes and tips to improve their performances. Producers, agents and hiring companies also come here to hunt for new talent. A lot goes into making a show with celebrity impersonators a resounding success. There are make-up artists, producers, agents and technicians behind the scenes who work towards making the impersonators look good.
So, the next time you get to meet a celebrity, make sure that it's the real one. You just might be shaking hands with his impersonator!.