Perhaps I should’t say it here, but I don’t play Tomb Raider games as I m too busy with my own life. I play my own games 🙂
and don’t care what people think. Or sometimes I do, but push myself not to. It works wonders for building character. When my father saw me first time upside down, in Lara Croft gear, he seriously though I went round the bend and needed medical help. He begged me to stop embarrassing myself and advised me to invest my energy and talents into something “real”. Too bad, as I wasn’t going to become a teacher/psychologist like my mum or get into nuclear science like him, either.
My father played with guns himself for pretty long serving as an officer in the army, in Russia and abroad. He witnessed many accidents with weapons and hated the idea of me posing with guns as he didn’t percept it as “entertaining” and “fun” at all. His comments: Show your stupid toy gun in the wrong place at the wrong time and you can get back a real shot as an answer! Makes sense I guess.. Yes, I got in minor trouble a few times – at customs at the airport, at stadium and during events. But so did James Bond double and other “armed” actors/models. It s normal.
Before my first Angelina Jolie lookalike wannabe photo session 7 years ago, I packed about 8 oscar style gowns, 4 pairs of sexy shoes, some jewellery and even some bonkers sexy lingerie 🙂 as I thought.. I still remember photographers’ and MUA faces when they saw it 🙂 They asked me in advance to bring Lara costume too. I didn’t want to buy one (I thought it was childish), so I brought some black shorts, black vest, belt, boots and silly kids guns like Special Agent P99 Wicke Toy With Silencer For Fancy Dress + Role Play When I arrived, 2 very talented artists Photographer Shirlaine Forrest and MUA Andrea Perry-Bevan
examined me carefully in a bright light, checked all the details like head and ears shape, and insisted on playing mostly with the Lara Croft image. I was a bit disappointed, but obeyed and followed instructions of MUA and Photographer. I regretted it at once as I thought glamorous, Red Carpet style photos would have been more beneficial for climbing “AJ official double” ladder.Time proved that girls were very right and it was good that I followed their instructions, not the other way around. There were gorgeous girls – official, trained Lara Croft models, appointed by Tomb Raider creators, but due to my Angelina Jolie alikeness, I was receiving all actual Lara Croft jobs enquiries via lookalike agents. I started making from £€$ expenses only paid (charity work – kids and military are closest to my heart) to £750 for double work for actresses in feature films – though all you wannabes note you have to be not only pretty but fit to extreme for that. My regular lookalike 1 day fee? Anything from £200 to £650, depending on hours and locations. Plus hotels and travel expenses in UK and abroad indeed.
Of course I wasn’t the only AJ lookalike in a world, and there were tons of wannabes as well, but due to this strong “Lara Croft alikeness” and physical abilities to back it up doing action for real, my career took off and besides
lookalikes stuff I started getting contracts for modelling as well. I must admit it s fun being Lara Croft, Angelina lookalike, modelling, acting and anything else in between.Ok, it was just a little story about how and why I got involved into look-alike/modelling industry. To be continued…