Stuck for gift ideas? Grab a Florida Cameo!

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It is about 160 days until Xmas I would not be shocked if Lowe’s and Dwelling Depot have Christmas trees and decorations out by August. I know Pastime Lobby does.

Every calendar year it comes earlier and before. Am I incorrect?

Pursuing their lead, I have the finest Christmas gift concept for you.

Impression via Blake Dowling from his Cameo.

Have you listened to of Cameo? It is a movie-sharing assistance where by you (the consumer) hire Cameo to give a video of a celebrity delivering a individual video clip concept to a pal or household member: Merry Christmas joyful birthday my condolences, and so on.

The opportunities are limitless, and the founders of this corporation have tapped into some thing unique. Steven Galanis, Martin Blencowe and Devon Spinnler Townsend released the platform in 2016 and, when the pandemic strike, they struck gold with a special way to access out.

In 2014, I bumped into UF soccer terrific Shariff Floyd the evening just before a sport at the workforce lodge. We were being chatting about the opponent (Steve Spurrier led South Carolina, ironically), and he presented to get a pic with me — I proposed a thing else.

I requested him to supply a video information to my stepson wishing him a joyful birthday.

He did it and it was awesome.

The guys from Cameo had a identical working experience when they obtained an NFL player to congratulate a pal of theirs on the start of their son.

Compared with me, who went on with my everyday living right after the Shariff online video, the Cameo men realized they had anything specific and made the decision to monetize the idea.

One of the slogans from this crew is that the selfie is the new autograph and celeb engagements are altering. Irrespective of the brilliance of the system, Cameo was not embraced by all in its to start with few of yrs.

But the environment changed in 2020, and the concept of a personalized greeting from a movie star started off creating a full good deal of perception for all get-togethers considering the fact that no 1 was out and about like typical. Celebs rushed to indicator up as they necessary something to do and the public clamored for a inventive way to celebrate distinctive situations as the norm — dinners, live shows, events and this kind of — weren’t happening.

In 2022, there are about 30,000 famous people on the platform prepared to go to bat for you. When it was time for a reward for my wife, I imagined about some of our fave celebs listed here in Florida and a person title arrived to the top of the checklist really quick — the ol’ ball mentor, Spurrier.

Person, did he knock it out of the park.

Spurrier acquired some jabs into Alabama, FSU, Texas A&M and truly had us rolling on the flooring laughing with his Cameo greeting to Jeanne.

The crew from Cameo has received a truckload of awards, from getting named “50 Most Genius Companies” by Time journal to Chicago Journal contacting them “the most American startup ever.”

Price ranges range from five dollars to $2,500 for a information from Caitlyn Jenner. For company messaging, the price ranges go even greater.

Seeking about Florida in far more element, you could head to Gainesville and retain the services of my aged friends in the rock band Sister Hazel to get to perform on one particular for you.

Singer Ken Block can do a personal just one, a small business one particular, or even do a dwell phone. Or if you have $20,000 in the marketing fund, you can retain the services of former UF legend and NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith to deliver a concept to your small business. Or for the FSU fans out there, former nationwide championship quarterback Jameis Winston is on the system  as very well as Seminole legend Charlie Ward.

The Sunshine Condition is ripe with celebs and athletics stars, politicians and media personalities, and hundreds of them are on the web page. If you are having suggestions of who to seek the services of 1st, not every person is a deal on Cameo. If you are imagining of using the services of Floridian Robert Matthew Van Winkle (actual title) to rap for your organization, you much better halt, collaborate, and hear considering that Vanilla Ice (as he is known on phase), fees $30,000 for a business enterprise video clip.

Speaking of men and women on the platform, why are they there and who is most well-liked?

The No. 1 Cameo identity for 2020 — of the a single million-in addition developed — was the male who plays Kevin on the Tv exhibit “The Office environment,” actual name Brian Baumgartner.

As much as who receives to go on Cameo, a man or woman is judged to be a movie star if they have above 20,000 followers on a social platform.

For our Florida Politics audience, I have an strategy, as the earth could use a handful of more laughs these times.

How about sending a pleasant political gag message to a person you love from the appropriate or the remaining?

John Di Domenica does a pleasant Donald Trump impact, or the Joe Biden puppet is also readily available suitable now. This platform definitely is great, and I reached out to their PR workforce to get a estimate, but it is not needed — in small, they are killing it.

Lining up my upcoming one for Mother, pondering Sarah Palin would give her a chortle. Let’s see if she is on there. Yup, she is. Gold.

Only 160 procuring times left, get on out there Florida, and Merry Xmas.


Blake Dowling is CEO of Aegis Business enterprise Technologies, a Cameo enthusiast, and you can access him at [email protected].

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