Looking for that unique gift for someone special?
Cameo may be the answer.
Cameo is the leading marketplace connecting fans directly with tens of thousands of pop culture personalities in the form of customized video messages, live video calls, and direct messages. Founded in March 2017 by Steven Galanis, Devon Townsend, and Martin Blencowe, Cameo’s mission is to enable the most personalized and authentic fan connections on earth. (from the company web site)
Cameo allows celebrities with more than 20,000 Instagram followers to set up an account in the app. Customers can then go into the app and search celebrities by name or browse by category (actors, athletes, musicians, reality tv, professionals, comedians, and creators). The celebrities set their own price which is visible in their profile, they also have star ratings, views, and recent videos on their cameo profile. So you will know what you are getting into.
After the customer has decided which performer he wants, he would fill out a form that asks him to write a personalized message within 250 characters. The form will also ask for any further special instructions (if relevant).
Cameo seems ideal for birthdays, retirements, other significant life events, or just plain fun.
A colleague of mine has sent several Cameos, including ones from a couple of different Villanova basketball players, one from Pete Rose, and one from a musician. and he says they all have been a big hit.
I have to admit that I did a quick search, and the only celebrity I found so far that I would want a video from is Penn Jillette (of Penn and Teller).
But in all fairness, I only searched for a few names – Springsteen, Sebastian Maniscalco, Cal Ripken, Obama, and Larry David.
I also discovered that there are seven Villanova basketball players on the app, some current and some from previous years. Surprisingly, there are no Villanova accounting teachers on the app…