Lookalikes are one of the biggest crowd-pleasers you can have at a party. With Brad and Angelina walking around, you can bet everyone will have their selfie stick drawn and ready. Many lookalike actors are so convincing, it can feel like you’re talking to the real thing, but they have their own tumultuous and fantastical lives. Here’s a look into the perks and drawbacks of being a Celebrity lookalike or tribute artist.
Lookalikes have lives almost as glamorous as the stars they resemble. They are flown all around the world, greeted by fawning fans, given expensive gifts and kept in luxury accommodations. They have photo shoots, star in commercials, and attend conventions. They wear glamorous clothing and get pampered by hair and makeup teams. They also get into pretty much any club or event for free! Probably the best thing about being a lookalike, though, is the opportunity to inspire fans young and old, and bring joy to thousands.
Professional lookalikes are subject to a number of occupational hazards. They face not only danger from stalkers or obsessive fans—either of them or the celebrity they imitate—but they can be targets for anger. One professional Taylor Swift lookalike was viciously beaten by anti-Taylor fanatics, likely related to Taylor’s relationship with One Direction’s Harry Styles. Most lookalikes endure vicious internet antagonism, accusations of attention-seeking or that they’re stealing thunder from the real stars. They can be mistaken for the real celebrity and mugged or mistaken for the real celebrity and mobbed.
It isn’t cheap to live the life of a lookalike—one Queen Elizabeth II lookalike said that the white gown she wears for most formal occasions cost about £1,000 (about $1,500), on top of her custom-made crown and antique jewelry. If you don’t already look like the Celebrity, you might use plastic surgery to achieve the resemblance, much like the late Justin Bieber lookalike who spent over $100K to resemble the star. A transgender Kim Kardashian lookalike estimates she’s spent £70,000 ($108K) on surgeries and clothing to resemble her idol.
However, the financial rewards can be tremendous for good lookalikes. One Katy Perry lookalike can make £350 (about $540) for a 15 minute appearance. “I can’t imagine what the real Katy Perry gets paid!” she told Express UK. Many lookalikes put themselves through college, pay off loans, or buy homes with their proceeds.
Professional Celebrity lookalikes have lives as strange and beautiful as their uncanny faces and meeting one is like brushing against a different kind of reality. If you’re interested in hiring a lookalike for your own party or event, contact us at David Levin Entertainment where we have some of the finest lookalikes in the world. There are look-alikes for just about every Celebrity out there, even the 11 month-year-old Prince George! We are fortunate to have the top Angelina Jolie lookalikes including the most in-demand Euro and U.S. Angelina as well as the two best Brad Pitt lookalikes. We will most certainly be able to find you the perfect famous face to make your event a sensation.