Tips for Hiring an Impersonator

Nicole Steeger

Nicole Steeger


Impersonators are a truly a special breed of performer. With an uncanny likeness in appearance and voice, professional celebrity impersonators can make you believe you are truly meeting a superstar. Finding a talented and skilled impersonator can be easy - if you know where to look, and what questions to ask. Here at GigMasters we have hundreds of amazing celebrity lookalikes that are perfect for any event.

To make your search even easier, we asked our top impersonators to offer a few tips that will help you find the perfect entertainer for your event.  Here's their advice:

Consider Event Details
When hiring entertainment of any kind, you should always give thought to what type of event you will be hosting: Is it casual or more of a formal affair? What is the purpose of the event?  How do you want the entertainment to fit into the overall event schedule? Thinking about your event and exactly how and where you would like to incorporate entertainment is always a good starting point when searching for the perfect performer.

Know Your Audience
A Tribute to Jerry Lewis (Toronto, Ontario) believes that "always consider your guests when booking an impersonator. "Who is your audience?  What's the age group? What kind of personalities do they have?" The answers to these questions can help guide you to the style of impersonator that will work best for your event.

Choose a Style of Impersonator
Elvis impersonator, EP Rock (Waterville, Maine) suggests that you should know what kind of impersonator would work best with your event. "You should decide whether you want an impersonator who is just a character lookalike, or if you want a musical act that will sound and look authentic."

Do your Homework
Marilyn Monroe Impersonator Jodi Fleisher (Los Angeles, California) says clients should always get as much information as they can about the performers experience level. If you want someone who can truly embody the role they play, you should watch the performer's demos, read their bio, check their feedback/reviews, and look at how long they have been performing. To help you ask all the right questions, Elvis Impersonator John Jensen (Cleveland, Ohio) offers a few key topics that you should discuss with any impersonator you are interested in booking:

  • What kind of show options do you offer?
  • Do you have a soundperson and professional sound equipment?
  • Are you a full time or part time performer?
  • What do you do to ensure the event is a success?

Remember, if you need help finding an impersonator, you can reach us by calling 866-342-9794 or emailing

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What other tips do you have for hiring an impersonator for an event?  Share your thoughts in the comments below.