The entertainment industry is so diverse that a person who simply looks like someone famous can become famous in their own right. I am Derek Williams and most people know me as the one true Sven Goran Eriksson lookalike. The reason that celeb impersonators such as myself; are in such high demand is that we are first of all a fraction of the cost of what the real person would charge and secondly much easier to book for any occasion. But where do you find modern day celebs such as me who have gained merit through our “good fortune” looks?
The only rule is not to settle for fake impersonators.
This may seem like a strange concept when you are already dealing with booking someone who is merely pretending to be someone famous; but as with all impersonators there is only one true individual who actually looks and acts the part to its fullest. I truly believe that there is no substitute for a recognized lookalike who has achieved public acclaim for portraying their famous counterparts. So the best option is to find someone like myself who has already been noted on numerous TV and Radio shows for my uncanny resemblance to a famous person.
It’s not all in the look
One thing that this industry has taught me is that simply looking the part is not enough; if you are looking to be hire as a lookalike; and turn it into a successful career such as mine, then you will need to ensure that you have actually taken the time to learn to walk and talk like the original star. There is nothing more off putting than hiring an impersonator only to find out that they are an amateur with no experience and simply cannot pull of the role of fully encapsulating who they need to be portraying. In all honesty when it comes to my impersonation of Sven I knew from early on that I just looking the part was just not enough if I wanted to be marked as his one true lookalike; and I take immense pride in how my Svenalike character comes across.
What to look for when you book
Most lookalikes will have booking agents that they work through; however they will also have their own personal sites such as this one. I personally love having that personal one-on-one interaction with my fans and enjoy seeing how they react to me.
Any lookalike who has only recently started out in the business should be able to build up an impressive list of credentials to back up their claim to being the official lookalike or impersonator of a specific celebrity. A good example is to simply take a look at my long list of appearances and the fact that I can actually caused a public riot due to my uncanny appearance to Sven.
As an impersonator, I believe it is vital to always portray my lookalike persona in a respectful manner. To book my services all you need do is contact me via my site or through an agent in order to finalize the booking; similarly casting agents and directors can contact me directly to discuss any projects that may need my expert lookalike talent.