Of all the jammy careers, can there really be anything jammier than being a lookalike? You’re literally paid to look like somebody.
Your biological makeup bears some distinctive similarities to that of a more famous person than you and you get to make money from it. You get cash for your DNA. Stroll around on stage, smile for the camera, whack out a few catchphrases and collect your cheque.
It’s surely the dream. Right at top of the lookalike big leagues sits Xiao Jiguo, who charges SGD$ 2,000 (USD $1,500) per show to impersonate the most powerful man in the world, Barack Obama, despite not actually looking that much like him.
Xiao, 29, rose to fame on the reality TV program Chinese Dream Show in 2012, before which he spent years working as a security guard. When he was first told he looked like the US President – back in 2008 – he didn’t even know who he was.
Fast forward to now, and he’s paid crazy money to appear at private functions and company openings. He’s even been cast in a Chinese-language comedy movie called Funny Fellows, where he plays a gangster who ‘sometimes talked like Obama’.
There’s definitely some resemblance but there’s got to be way better Barack doppelgangers out there. However, who can really blame this guy for making the most of an opportunity?
Xiao lands 10,000 yuan (around $1,500) per appearance, despite admitting to NBC News that he can’t speak much English, reports The Lad Bible.
"I don't speak English very well so I speak in fake English. It sounds like English to those who don't speak English, but it's not English … even I don't know don't know what I was saying!"
He’s never actually met the man himself but reckons they’d get on if he did. "If one day I could have the chance to meet President Obama, I would say thanks so much to him.
"I think there is some bond between us as we share the same blood type and our birthdays are close."