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When social media first came on the scene, one of the most exciting parts was the newfound access to celebrities. Britney Spears was tweeting?! Drake had an Instagram?! Fans were granted more access than ever before. And now, there’s Cameo, which takes that access to new levels with personalized videos from your favorite stars.
If you’re new to Cameo—or have only heard of it, never used it before—there’s a lot to catch up on when it comes to this video-based platform. From what it is, which celebs are on it, and how much an experience from each celeb costs, here’s everything you need to know about Cameo.
What Is Cameo?
Cameo is a video-sharing platform that was created by Steve Galanis, Martin Blencowe, and Devon Spinnler Townsend in 2016. The concept behind Cameo is to create a place where celebrities and other public figures can offer their entertainment services—namely, personalized video messages for fans—for a price.
Celebrities set their own rates and create everything from birthday, anniversary, and “just because” messages. In addition to pre-recorded personalized messages, Cameo now has “live chat” options enabled for some celebs as well. Cameo officially launched in 2017 and as of 2021, more than 40,000 celebs and public figures have joined the platform.
Which Celebrities Are on Cameo?
There are a lot of different celebrities on Cameo—like, more than 40,000 of them! You can find stars from just about every entertainment category there is: athletes, reality TV stars, musicians, actors, politicians, comedians, content creators, and more. You’ll even find some public figures that don’t exactly fit into the “celebrity” category: for example, Ken Bone, the guy in the red sweater who went viral after the 2016 presidential debate. (Side note: Bone only charges $25 for a personalized vid.)
In the reality TV category, you’ll find stars from all of the Real Housewives shows—Kenya Moore ($125), Bethenny Frankel ($349), Eileen Davidson ($99), Phaedra Parks ($175), Joe Guidice ($75)—Bravo stars—Captain Glenn Shephard from Below Deck ($67) and James Kennedy from Vanderpump Rules ($100)—and more.
But as far as the most popular celebs on Cameo, these are the 10 celebrities who made the most on Cameo in the last year.
Top Celebrities on Cameo & Cost
Rounding out the top 10 Cameo earners in 10th place is singer Debbie Gibson, known for her hits from the 80s. In total, she’s made about $114,482 in the past year and as of right now, she’s so highly requested that she’s not available. (Though you can sign up for notifications for when Debbie Gibson does become available again.) Fans love how she incorporates mini-performances of their favorite songs of hers.
One reviewer wrote, “Love love love the anniversary cameo that you did for my husband. He loved it, I loved it and we both love rewatching it. I was sick with covid on our anniversary so this made our day and social distancing a little easier. My husband will always and forever be a member of your fan club. You are awesome!”
This Real Housewives of New York City star Sonja Morgan has earned a 4.9 out of a possible 5-star rating on Cameo and to date, Sonja’s made about $124,174 making Cameo videos.
Remember these two from 90 Day Fiancé? David and Annie come in at #8 on the list of Cameo’s top earners. After all, they made about $143,034 in the past year and have really churned out the content. This reality TV couple personalizes shout-outs for just about every occasion—birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc.—and even makes videos where they give advice about a specific question!
The celebrity gossip blogger has evolved many times throughout the years and now, he’s become a celebrity simply from talking about celebrities. With a perfect five-star rating, he’s made about $150,973 through Cameo.
You may know Sean Astin as Mikey from The Goonies, Sam from The Lord of the Rings, or you know, Drew Barrymore’s on-screen brother who’s always shirtless in 50 First Dates. He’s also appeared in Stranger Things, Rudy, Captain Underpants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more, but what fans really love about him is the quality of his Cameo videos. He doesn’t mince words and doesn’t rush through these personalized messages with the standard Sean Astin vid averaging about six minutes long. So far, he’s earned about $163,159.
Also know as “Murr,” James Murray is just one part of The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe, most famously known for their TV show Impractical Jokers. Like Perez Hilton, this trickster also has a perfect five-star rating on Cameo.
It’s not hard to see why Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary—AKA Mr. Wonderful—has made so much money on Cameo. After all, he charges a real whopping! He’s made about $182,427 to date and he has a 4.9 rating out of a possible five.
Gilbert Gottfried is just one of those faces, one of those voices that you instantly recognize. And that has undoubtedly propelled him to Cameo success. Whether you know him as the voice of the parrot in Aladdin or from the Problem Child movies, it’s hard not to love Gottfried. He’s earned $195,629 through Cameo, has a perfect five-star rating, and is known to respond to requests in as little as one hour.
According to his Cameo bio, Brian Baumgartner “once played an account on TV” and well, the rest is history. Known for his breakout role as Kevin on The Office, Baumgartner has been a top earner on Cameo for a while now, raking in about $196,730. He has amassed 2,500 reviews, has a perfect five-star rating, and asks that pronunciations and dates be clear so that he can offer the best quality shout-out. How sweet!
The top earner on Cameo is Michael Rapaport, who throughout his career has appeared in 60+ projects. He keeps his price relatively low and his shout-out vids relatively long, so it’s not hard to guess why he has a perfect 5-star rating. To date, Rapaport’s earned $222,297 from Cameo.
One recent reviewer wrote, “Amazing! Best surprise 50th birthday gift for my brother. It was not only hilarious but also such a nice and sincere birthday message during a global pandemic. Michael, you are a consummate professional! The whole family had a good laugh and we continue to be huge fans!”
How Much Does a Celeb Experience Cost on Cameo?
Celebrities and public figures on Cameo can set their own rates, so you’ll notice that the prices vary. While Ken Bone is definitely one of the most inexpensive figures on Cameo, there are a few other celebrities that are relatively affordable, too, at just under $100.
- Frank the Tank: $20
- White Claw Gabe: $40
- William Hung: $30
- Manny Brown: $40
- William Russ: $50
- Tori Roloff: $50
- Lexi Thompson: $50
- Nadia Comaneci: $50
- RiFF RAFF: $85
- Farrah Abraham: $95
- Heidi Montag: $99
As far as who’s the most expensive celebrity on Cameo, it’s undoubtedly Caitlyn Jenner, who charges $2,500 per video. Right behind her is Mr. Wonderful, who charges $1,200 a pop.
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