Think impersonating the president is a joke? For the professional actors trying to scratch their way to the top—to become First Impersonator—it's serious business, Slate reports. "I see this as a chance to grow as a dramatic actor," says one faux Obama. "Besides, it can be very lucrative." The No. 1 Bill Clinton impersonator made more than $1 million in a year, and single appearances can pay five digits.
But their time in the spotlight is short. Once a president leaves office, impersonation gigs dry up. Which is why the Obama competition is so intense. "We're in the proving time right now, and the cream will rise to the top," says another Obama wannabe. "Who's gonna be the man?"