Last week I attended the 11th Annual Celebrity Impersonators Convention (CIC) in Las Vegas. It’s the event started by Janna Joos that brings together look-alikes, celebrity impersonators, tribute artists, agents, and producers from all over the world. Attending has become an important part of my year as I renew friendships, make new friends, and learn from the other professionals in this lively and always interesting business.
For more details about Janna, the CIC, and the impersonator/entertainment business, please read last year’s “Report from the CIC”. And if you don’t already know, read about the differences between a tribute artist, a celebrity impersonator, and a look-alike.
In 2007, the CIC joined with The Reel Awards, giving tribute artists and look-alikes two great events in one amazing place. The recently renovated Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas was a fantastic venue for both of this year’s events. We all had the chance to perform on the Gordie Brown Theater stage. The 20th Annual Reel Awards show featured singing, comedy, impressions, and celebrity impersonators. Seeing the best of the best on a single stage is both an entertainment treat and a ‘how to’ lesson for any first-time attendees. The Reel Awards is the Academy Awards for the best lookalikes and tribute artists in the business!
Guess what? I was fortunate enough to be honored with awards at both the CIC and the Reel Awards. Here are the details.