How to Become a Celebrity Lookalike

Published by Mike Costello on April 5, 2016

Date: 22.01.2015

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It normally becomes quite obvious, quite soon if you look like a famous celebrity and the most frequently asked question is how to become a Celebrity Lookalike.

Surely if you look like a Celebrity you know yourself don’t you? Well in my experience you’re normally the last person to realise you look like a celebrity. You will of course have been told by family and friends, however I find that you’ll often want confirmation from someone independent. Take a walk down any high street or go for dinner at a busy restaurant and if you’re a famous lookalike people will comment, ask to have their photo taken with you, even ask for your autograph if they’re convinced you’re the real deal.

So it’s likely you may become aware that you look like someone famous, but how to become a Celebrity Lookalike and how do you make some money from it? A lot depends on just how closely you resemble the celebrity. Very often I receive photos from people who say that friends and family tell them they look like a celebrity and I can see the resemblance, but they’re not particularly close lookalikes. Sometimes I look at a new photo and don’t need to read on to know who they look like, they’re dead ringers.

How to Become a Celebrity  Lookalike

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To start the process of how to become a Celebrity Lookalike and get discovered as a lookalike, have some photos taken and send them to a Lookalike Agency. To give the best impression, have photos taken somewhere interesting (photos at home or in the garden look a bit naff). The photos don’t need to be taken by a professional photographer, but should be sharp and in focus, preferably taken with a good quality camera or high end mobile phone. A little bit of care at this stage may pay dividends later, make sure that your photos are in a similar style to the celebrity lookalike. If possible wear similar clothing, make-up and hairstyling for ladies and similar clothing for guys, hairstyling and facial hair if your celebrity has facial hair.

When you’ve submitted your photos by e mail you can expect a reply within seven days. If you’ve been accepted as a lookalike you should expect to answer a few practical questions such as your availability for bookings, and whether you own a vehicle or will be relying on public transport to travel to bookings. The Lookalike Agency will also want to know if you’ve had any previous experience as a lookalike and which other Lookalike Agencies you’ve worked with. Some bookings for lookalikes can be during the day during the week, so if you’re holding down a full-time job, you’ll need to let your Agency know. Other bookings are in the evenings or at weekends so you may still be able to attend some bookings.

How to become a Good Celebrity Lookalike

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So you’re a lookalike of someone famous, what next? Assuming you’re a new lookalike and haven’t had any previous experience of attending events, you need to spend some time perfecting your look, acting like and if possible sounding like your particular celebrity. Clients want to hire the next best thing to the famous celebrity, so they want the lookalike to be as close as possible to the real thing. This will mean that to become the recognized best lookalike of your celebrity, you will need to pay special attention to their entire persona. Observe them in the media for any fashion changes, observe the way they walk, talk and move and follow suit. If your accent is very different from the original don’t worry too much, the client is hiring a lookalike after all and it may still be possible to get a few words & phrases perfected which can be repeated when needed. It’s worth mentioning that being pleasant, interacting and socialising are very important when appearing as a lookalike at events.

Is There Much Demand for Lookalikes

If you’re fortunate enough to be one of the more popular lookalikes for example David Beckham, Marilyn Monroe or The Queen then yes, demand is fairly healthy. If you’re not one of the more popular lookalikes, then it probably means that you will receive bookings from time to time when your particular celebrity is in the news, releasing a new film perhaps or when you fit the profile for an event that’s being organized. What is much more predictable is that the work is always fun and enjoyable. What’s not to like about being paid for attending a party or event where the guests are all enjoying themselves and you’re the celebrity lookalike hogging the limelight? I hope I’ve answered your question How to Become a Celebrity Lookalike.

So are you a famous lookalike, do you know someone who is? We’d love to hear from you and receive your photos. After all you’ll never know if you don’t try!

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