Updated May 4, 2020 - 12:04 pm
John Di Domenico is expanding his audience, one two-minute clip at a time.
The Las Vegas comic actor and column fave has become a popular figure on Cameo. The web service is for those seeking customized messages for such events as birthdays, anniversaries and college graduations. Anyone interested can write a 250-character description of what he or she wants.
The talent has one week to respond to a request. Those they don’t like, they reject.
The online service has become a popular platform for entertainers, celebs and athletes of all ilk. These public figures charge a variety of fees. Debbie Gibson ($195), Carson Kressley ($65), Sean Astin ($295) and Andrew Dice Clay ($299) are among the celebs featured.
You can even order a message from Larry Thomas (the Soup Nazi from “Seinfeld”) for $80. Major league slugger Albert Pujols charges $299. “Nature Boy” Ric Flair will record a personalized “WOOOO!” video for $500.
Several Las Vegas entertainers have joined Di Domenico on the site. “America’s Got Talent” finalists Daniel Emmet, Harrah’s headliner Tape Face, and vocal impressionists Christina Shaw, Coty Alexander and Kelly Vohnn are also performing customized clips.
Di Domenico has become a hit on Cameo with his Donald Trump act. Di Domenico also portrays Guy Fieri, Dr. Phil McGraw and Austin Powers. Di Domenico has completed more than 500 videos since joining in October, and during the COVID-19 shutdown he has recorded 12 to 15 clips per day.
Di Domenico raised his fee last month from $150 to $175, expecting to lessen the workload. “It actually increased,” he says.
This week Di Domenico was asked to record a clip as Trump for fashion designer Donatella Versace, whose birthday was Saturday.
“Donatella Versace has met the real Donald Trump, and here I am sending her my impression of Donald Trump,” Di Domenico says. “It’s a little unusual.”
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