Eric Finch, a 50-year-old father of five from Fontana, California, has gone from Navy Veteran to professional Snoop Dogg lookalike.
Finch says he receives up to 150 fan messages a day and once bagged up to $2000 for a 15-minute booking.
He claims that whenever he goes out, he’s mobbed by fans who think he’s the real deal, and they are convinced that he chooses to live outside of L.A. in order to maintain a private life.
Eric, who started as a professional lookalike two years ago, is booked for photo shoots, corporate events, parties where he raps and even TV shows.
“I never imagined my life would be like this, I get a chance to know what celebrity life is like,” he said.
“People are often crying, jumping, screaming, pushing others to get out the way and get in there, it’s just amazing to see.
“It’s natural for me now, if I see someone on the street screaming ‘Snoop’, I shout back ‘What’s Cracking baby’ and other things, then I’ll go back to acting like a fool with my wife and kids.
“I’ve had people ask, ‘Hey man, can you blaze on with me?’ a few times, I always tell them not right now and leave it.”
“Several weeks ago, I went out with my wife and kids for something to eat, four restaurants later and we still couldn’t sit down without being surrounded by people.
“It’s hard to eat in restaurants as people gather around me all the time and once when I was out filming on the Hollywood Boulevard I was swarmed by over 600 people.
“They were screaming ‘It’s Snoop Dogg’ excitedly to one another, one person started crying, it was one of the greatest moments in my life because I was able to make so many people happy.
“It’s hard for me to go to amusement parks, I can’t visit Disney without being escorted around, as they say I cause ‘too much havoc.’
“I also remember going shopping to a Target store not too far away from where Snoop lives, thinking people must see him regularly so they wouldn’t jump at seeing me.
“Next thing, I had a lady in the parking lot crying for me to take a picture, holding her new-born baby who was only a couple of weeks old.
“I make people happy and put a smile on their faces, it’s hard to explain what it’s like to give someone that, it’s like being a magician of the art of illusion.”
Despite initially not knowing the rapper due to ‘not hearing many recording artists’ while serving in the Navy, Eric says he was shocked by their facial similarities.
“I would have to say everything about me looks like Snoop, from my bone structure to a scar we both have on our left cheek. I got that scar as a child.
“We have the same body size and frame, I even move like him, but my face is one of the most similar things, I can’t change that and don’t put on make-up, it’s a natural look for me.”
Last month, Eric went viral after helping a stranger with car troubles on a California highway, with the internet and even the press believing he was the real Snoop.
“There was a story where ‘Snoop Dogg’ rescued a motorist on the side of the California highway, that was me. I took a picture with the person and just thought of it as an act of kindness next thing I knew everyone was seeing my picture online, he explained. “Later I was contacted to verify it was me and not the real Snoop, but by that time it had gone viral, people literally cannot tell us apart.”
Eric’s doppelganger work varies from once a month to once every couple of months, peaking around Halloween, New Year’s Eve, Fourth of July and other holidays.
“I’ve been booked for private and birthday parties, performances on stage, it’s crazy when you look and sound like him, I don’t see or hear it but everyone else sees it differently.
“After my performances, I dance in the crowds, that’s just me, I enjoy people, interacting and having a good time, if they are enjoying themselves so am I.
“Giving someone that moment when I pose for a picture can be so meaningful for them, I wish they could see it from my eyes, seeing some smile, making them so happy is a gift.
“For me, I couldn’t ask for a better job, being able to make a person happy for a living is the best thing I can do and for me, I believe I was very lucky.”
Eric is represented by Mirror Images, and his agent says Eric’s physical looks to his mannerisms all mirror Snoop Dogg, which bring him such success.
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