Also known as Look-alikes, impressionist, imitators, tribute artist and Impersonators. The interest may have originated with the need or desire to see a celebrity who has passed away. One of the largest examples of this phenomenon would be Elvis Presley. There are more Elvis Impersonators and Tribute Artist in the world than any other Impersonators. Some figure state there are 30,000 Elvis Impersonators in the world today. Some sources such as The Professional Elvis Impersonators Association suggest there are only about 500 Elvis Impersonators in the world. One agent that represents celebrity impersonators of all types may include, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Tina Turner, The Rat Pack, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior, Cher, Shania Twain, Ray Charles, Tom Cruise, and Jack Nicholson among many others.
New Television Shows are coming out that highlight some of the best impersonators and some of the worst. There seems to be a lot of different levels of Celebrity Impersonation. Consider the grading system of A,B,C. An A Level celebrity Impersonator would be one who makes a full time living as an impersonator, travels the world and has both the vocals, looks and physical moves and nuances of the impersonator. A level B impersonator may have strong looks, costumes etc, but doesn’t sound or move like the person they impersonate. A Level C impersonator would be someone who has to wear wigs, costumes and make up, to look even remotely like the character they are portraying. Level C impersonators more resemble someone dressed up on Halloween, and who most likely wouldn’t be paid very much or at all for their impersonation.
Talent Agents suggest that those who have a strong looks and impersonation seek out good representation to make to most of their talent. Some impersonators can make an excellent living, full time. A good agent or manager can make all the difference. Kristy Royle, a talent agent, is part of an entertainment network and was voted the Top Agent in 2006. Celebrity Impersonators and Talent who specialize in Look Alikes, Impersonators and live Entertainment for Casinos, Theaters, Cruise Ships, Corporate Events and tours.