A Gift Idea for That “Hard to Buy For” Someone
A couple of days ago a friend of mine posted a link on Facebook about Ruth Buzzi the comedian who starred in “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh In” in the 1970’s, and later played Screech’s mom in the sitcom Saved by The Bell. The post said that Ruth settled down southwest of the DFW Metroplex and is a fellow Texan. However, the intriguing part of the post is that she is associated with a website called Cameo.com.
I followed the link and found that for the reasonable sum of $99, she will do a short video clip for you or whoever you want. The possibilities are endless. She will do birthday greetings, wedding announcements, gender reveals for expectant parents. You just go to the web site and type in generally what you want her to say and within a few days she will send the finished video to your email and phone. Then you put it wherever you want: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter. You get the idea.
Celebrities Will Record Videos for You
Intrigued, I scrolled through the catalog of celebrities that would record videos for you. There were a lot of well-known celebrities, and a lot I had never heard of at all. There were quite a few “Real Housewives”. Reality Tv stars from shows I never watch. You can even get Nichol “Snookie” Palizzi from Jersey Shore to do a video for $300. Personally, I never watched Jersey Shore, and if I never saw or heard from “Snookie” again, that would be ok with me.
If you have a Harry Potter fan in the family, you can’t get Harry, Hermione or Ron Weasley, the big three characters. But you can get Chris Rankin, who plays Percy Weasley. He’ll do a birthday greeting for a poultry sum of $25. If you are prepared to part with some coin, you can book Tom Felton who plays the evil Draco Malfoy, for $444. The prices ranged as high as $699 to have Kevin O’Leary aka Mr. Wonderful of Shark Tank fame do a congratulations on your new job or business video…but who would want to?
Football Stars Too
There are sports stars like Terrell Owens for $350. But to tell you the truth, I heard more from TO than I ever want to hear again, when he played for the Cowboys. Another NFL player sparked my interest. NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl Champion Brett Favre is on the list for $500. Now don’t dismiss that idea out of hand. If you are a member of a high school quarterback club, how awesome would it be to have Brett Favre give your team a pep talk after passing the hat to pay for it. Maybe you could even get him to admit that in the 2014 NFC Championship game Dez Bryant really caught the ball and apologize to Cowboys fans. I’d chip in for that.
While browsing the list I came across an 80’s singer that my daughter and I loved to listen to when she was little. Tabitha would sit in my lap in the 80’s and watch MT. We’d sing along together back when MTV was about music and not weird drama. Debbie Gibson’s big hit was a song called Lost in Your Eyes. My daughter’s birthday is coming up. I thought, “how cool would it be to have Debbie Gibson, a sweet, innocent all-American Girl, sing a birthday greeting to Tabi on her birthday, on Friday?”
So, on impulse, I wrote some lyrics to Debbie’s famous tune. I then sent them to her, to sing a birthday message video. I paid the very reasonable sum of $50. Here are the lyrics I sent her:
To the tune of “Lost in Your Eyes.”
“We got lost, in your eyes, when you came into our lives, a precious gift from God, thirty-two years ago today. Through good and bad we’ve known what we were headed for, to be together in the sky. Someday I know we’ll find our home in heaven. And get lost in Jesus eyes.”
It only took Debbie Gibson an hour and a half to send the video back. It was really pretty cool. However, something told me I needed to do a little investigation. So, I googled Debbie Gibson and found out that the ‘Wholesome, All-American, Girl-next-door.” Had another addition to her resume. Yes, that’s right. Several years after Lost in Your Eyes hit number one, Debbie posed for a spread in an adult magazine. I won’t be posting her video birthday greeting on Facebook as planned.