Birthdays and celebrations during quarantine time have been SO different. We can no longer have parties and it’s hard to go out to eat too. But I found a way to send someone a unique and memorable gift.
So what can you do to surprise someone? Get them a Celebrity Video Message on Cameo!
Yes, you can now hire a celebrity to do a personalized video message for your friend, co-worker, other half, family member, or even your employees or school. Here is my Cameo review.
Talk about getting someone a gift that is epic and will make their day or even their year! These video messages can make people laugh or cry.
It feels like the celebrity is talking to you… because they are! This is how you get a celebrity to wish someone a happy birthday!
Cameo.com is a site where you can hire celebrities to say a personalized video message to a friend or family member.
Cameo by Snoop
My Cameo Review
Hire a celebrity to do a personalized video message for someone and it will blow them away! Talk about a gift that they won’t forget!
My husband’s birthday was coming up and I wanted to surprise him. He’s usually the one who surprises me.
But for this birthday, I wanted to really surprise him. I wanted it to be an epic surprise he wouldn’t forget. And I raised my usual budget a little higher to do it.
So I got a personalized video message on Cameo, from his favorite bass player, Victor Wooten. FYI: my husband is a musician and most of his close friends are musicians as well!
When I presented the video message to him, OMG, he loved it!!! He was so shocked and surprised and said that it was the best birthday gift ever!
Then he shared it on Facebook and friends asked how I was able to get his favorite bass player to do that message!
For me, it was surreal to see a celebrity say our names… wow! And the way this bass player did the message was, he would say the message and then play a song just for us!
You can use it to wish someone a Happy Birthday, Anniversary, Graduation, Father’s Day, Retirement, or even a Pep Talk. I saw that someone hired the singer, NEO to do a high school graduation message.
Things to Know About Cameo
- There are lots of celebrities, like actors, musicians, athletes, reality TV stars, and even impersonators
- In each celebrity listing, there are sample video messages they have done. Watch those to get a feel for how they might do your video.
- Messages can range between 30 seconds long to 3 minutes, depending on the celebrity. But watch their sample videos to see how long their average message length is.
- Do your booking on Cameo.com, the website as the prices are lower than their Cameo app. I don’t know why!
- When you hire a musician, they can sing or play part of a song with their message.
- Some celebrities are better at doing the messages than others, in my opinion. Some are more genuine in how they do their message. Again, watch the sample videos to get an idea of how they do it.
- Price range can range from $5 – $300 and more. The ones who charge $5 aren’t anyone I know. The more known celebrities charge $100 or more.
- You can’t use Cameo to promote a product, such as have a celebrity endorse a product, unless you book a Business Cameo.
Celebrity Cameos to Consider
I spent a few hours, pouring over all the celebrities on Cameo.com. Here are my favorites and their current prices on the Cameo website. (FYI: The Cameo app costs $4.99 more). Prices are subject to change.
Also, some celebrities may be unavailable from time to time.
Popular TV Shows
- Jonathan Frakes – Commander Riker ($300) – Check out his Cameo above.
- Brent Spiner – Data ($250) – Book a Cameo from Data of Star Trek.
- Jeri Ryan – Seven of Nine ($345) – Seriously, a Cameo from Seven of Nine? Shock the heck out of someone!
- Garrett Wang – Ensign Harry Kim ($100) – He was in Star Trek Voyager.
- Kevin Kreider ($199) – He was picked to be on the show because they needed eye candy! And yes, indeed he was eye candy!
- Mary Fitzgerald ($150)
- Heather Rae Young ($200)
- Christine Quinn ($300)
- Maya Vander ($65)
- Amanza Smith ($125)
- Oscar Nunez- Oscar ($150)
- Kate Flannery – Meredith ($190)
- Brian Baumgartner – Kevin ($195)
- Leslie David Baker – Stanley ($349)
- Melora Hardin – Jan ($350)
- Paul Lieberstein – Toby (($495)
- Deedee Magno Hall – Pearl ($65) – Deedee has done so many things. She was in a band called The Party, acted in Miss Saigon and Wicked, but most notably, she plays Pearl in Steven Universe.
- Michaela Dietz – Amethyst ($60) – Just booked a Cameo with her for my daughter’s birthday. OMG, OMG! Michaela has SO much energy and is SOOOO much fun! My daughter LOVED it. Michaela did 4 minute long Cameo, which is perhaps the longest Cameo I have ever gotten. Yay!
- Deedee and Michaela – ($150) – For a limited time, you can get both these funny ladies together in one Cameo! It looks like they are recording it via Zoom. They are SO funny and cute together!
- Grace Sakura Rolek – Connie ($25) – She plays Steven’s best friend on Steven Universe.
- Kimberly Brooks – Jasper ($75) – She was Allura in Voltron, Bumblee from DC Super Hero Girls, and Jasper on Steven Universe.
- Susan Egan – Rose/Pink ($99) – She was the original Belle in the broadway version of Beauty and the Beast and known for playing Rose/Pink in Steven Universe.
- Erik Estrada ($150) – He played Ponch on CHiPs and was arguably the star of the show. His Cameos are SO hilarious!
- Larry Wilcox ($50) – I know everyone remembers Erik Estrada from CHPs and his partner was Larry Wilcox. We booked a Cameo for my sis-in-law and she LOVED it! Larry said the message we wanted and got the gist of what we wanted him to do. And I also DM’d him after to let him know it was perfect and he responded!
- Andrea Barber ($125) – Who can forget Kimmy Gibbler of Fuller House? My daughter and I did a Cameo Call with her and she was super sweet and engaging! We also did the SheWolf Pack with her and it was so much fun. Definitely book her because she’s genuine and puts a lot of effort into her Cameos.
- Jodi Sweetin ($150) – She played DJ’s little sister, Stephanie Tanner on Fuller House.
- Juan Pablo Di Pace ($100) – He’s Fernando on Fuller House. FYI: He speaks perfect English so if you want him to speak in his Fernando accent, you’ll have to request it.
- John Brotherton – Fuller House Actor ($80) – He played Matt on Fuller House and he delivers fun and positive Cameo messages.
What Not to Wear
- Duff Goldman ($75) – Starred in Charm City Cakes TV show. I got to meet him once and he was super nice about letting me take a picture with him!
- Ming Tsai ($100) – He is my favorite celebrity chef and can show you quick cooking tips in his Cameos.
- Alton Brown ($250) – He’s one of the most knowledgeable chefs.
- Chef Jet Tila ($75) – Celebrity Chef, Jet Tila, of Food Network fame, does short and simple Cameos.
- Michael Symon ($95) – Former host of The Chew, Iron Chef, and more.
- Andrew Zimmern ($240) – Known for Bizarre Foods and other TV shows.
- Paula Deen ($100) – OMG, I got to meet her in person and she’s the most lovely human being! She treated everyone like family. She is exactly how she appears on TV!
- Mike Chen of Strictly Dumpling on YouTube ($100) – I booked him to do a Cameo for my BFF and he exceeded my expectations! His Cameo was long and personal and my friend was so surprised.
- Flavor Flav ($350) – His messages are long and very heartfelt. He just brings the energy to his messages. If I had $350 in my budget, I would hire him!
- Victor Wooten – Bass Player ($130) – Victor is who I hired to surprise my husband. I loved how he did our message with a warm greeting and played a unique song.
- Wanyá Morris of Boyz II Men ($140) – OMG, he just lowered his price to $100! He charged much more before. Anyway, his messages are insane because he’ll belt out a Boyz II Men tune for you! And yes, this man can still sing!
- Lisa Loeb ($129) – One of my favorite singers! She does a nice greeting, then plays and sings a song.
- Tiffany ($100) – If you’re GenX, you know who this is. She does an energetic greeting and will sing part of a song for you.
- Anthony Evans – Gospel/Christian Singer ($50) – I actually found Anthony on Cameo and he’s one of my favorites! He sings beautifully, truly delivers a heartfelt and meaningful message, and radiates positive energy!
- The Katinas – Christian Band ($50) – Wow, they are amazing! The entire band does the Cameo and sings in harmony. So beautiful!
- Jaci Velasquez – Christian Singer ($25) – She is a very sweet and kind when delivering her message. Jaci did a special Cameo for my friend who was going through a tough time and she loved it! Jaci can also sing a specific song, if requested.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ($500)
- Tim Hardaway, Sr. ($70)
- Javale McGee ($500)
- Tony Allen ($1000)
- Isiah Thomas ($311)
- Dikembe Mutombo ($150)
- Pau Gasol ($300)
- Dennis Rodman ($750)
- Chris Mullin ($150)
- Bo Jackson ($400)
- Brett Favre ($400)
- Scott Hanson ($199)
- Hines Ward ($299)
- Ray Lewis ($300)
- Hue Jackson ($65)
- Antonio Freeman ($50)
- Derrick Brooks ($155)
- Pete Rose ($150)
- Reggie Jackson ($275)
- Jose Canseco – MLB Legend of Oakland A’s ($100)
- Hunter Pence ($250)
- Ryne Sandberg ($223)
- Pete Alonso ($265)
MMA Fighters/Boxing and Announcers
- Randy Couture ($50)
- Georges St-Pierre ($500)
- Chuck Liddell ($190)
- Rampage Jackson ($997)
- Bruce Buffer – UFC Announcer ($299)
- Michale Buffer – Boxing Announcer ($299)
- Dolph Lundgren – Boxer and Actor in Rocky ($350)
Dog, the Bounty Hunter ($250) – He’s such an inspiration and sends positive vibes in his Cameos.
Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite ($249) – He can do his messages as “Napoleon Dynamite.”
Katee Sackhoff – Actress ($250) – I’m pretty sure you know a Battlestar Galactica. She was Starbuck on Battlestar and she’s fun and energetic in her Cameos.
Bret Hitman Hart – ($150) – This former WWE wrestler brings a lot of energy to his messages. And this was the first Cameo that I saw on Facebook, that someone did for a friend for their wedding. They were floored by this message and SO surprised.
Mama Mai of Hello Hunnay ($100) – Wow, Mama Mai is Jeannie Mai’s well known mom on Hello Hunnay. She’s such a big personality on Hello Hunnay that she’s no different in her cameos. She truly, genuinely gives her best in each Cameo.
Grey Delisle-Griffin ($100) – Voice of Daphne in Scooby Doo and Princess Azula of The Last Airbender. She does messages as her characters, if you ask.
How to Do Cameo
- Once you have chosen a celebrity to do a message, click through my link to create an account.
- Search for the celebrity and click on Book Now.
- Fill out the form. You have 250 characters to give instructions to the celebrity on how to do the message. You can tell them what to say or give them background info to talk about in the message.
- Don’t try to add too many names in the “from” portion of the Cameo because they can be cut off at the end, even if it’s under the character limit. This happened to my husband and yes, it’s SO disappointing to not have your name included in the Cameo when you were the one who came up with the idea. I would say include up to 2 or 3 names max. Otherwise, have others do their own Cameos.
- The celebrity has 5 days to do the message. If for some reason, they can’t do the message, the temporary hold on your card will be released.
- When your message is ready, you’ll get an email with a link to the video message. FYI: if you download the Cameo app, it lets you download your video message from there so you can share it on social media. Believe me, you will want to share the video!
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