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Political decoy Now here’s a job that is so damn strange you probably won’t be able to tell anyone about it because it will blow their tiny minds to smithereens (and potentially compromise national security in the process). As one of the most mysterious, and rare, jobs in the world, political decoys are employed by the government to impersonate a political figurehead, head of state or other VIP in order to keep them out of danger. After an important public address, you might drive away in one limousine while the speech-giver legs it out the back door in another limousine. This is how political decoys work. It may sound like something out of a spy novel written in the 1960s, but it’s safe to say that political decoys are still employed by many governments around the world. With so much mystery and intrigue surrounding this type of work it’s hard to identify anyone working in this field, but they must be out there. Hitler used a political decoy and Boris Yeltsin was also rumoured to use decoys, as did Saddam Hussein. Basically any well-known, controversial figurehead at risk of being killed could be using a decoy right now. The only way to get this type of work is to have a strong physical resemblance to a person of great importance, so most of the population are immediately knocked out of the running. But if you look in the mirror and see Donald Trump smiling back, then you could turn that into a money spinner and fashion yourself a career as a Donald Double. Political decoy work is a tough ask, though. Sure, you get to travel the world, perhaps even seeing the inside of Downing Street, Air Force One, The Hague or the White House, but ultimately this type of anxiety-inducing work is dangerous. It’s not a stretch to say

that you could be shot in an assassination attempt gone wrong, so before stepping into a decoy role, you’ll need to be okay with putting your life on the line for your country. You may be asked to alter your physical appearance with make-up, wigs, even scarification, all in the pursuit of looking exactly like the person you’re impersonating. Without the ability to tell your family and friends what you do for a living, you’ll have to be a master manipulator to wriggle your way out of all those ‘So, what do you do for a living?’ conversations and the ‘Where the hell have you been for the past three weeks?’ questions. But if you’re borderline sociopathic, cool with lying to your nearest and dearest, and happen to have strong physical resemblance to say, the President of the USA, then you’re in luck.

The lowdown

Education or qualifications: None. Experience required: None. Training: You will be expected to perfect the voice, gait and mannerisms of the person you’re meant to resemble, so acting and speech training will be needed. Restrictions: Political decoy work requires you to have a close physical resemblance to the person that you’re pretending to be. Criminal history checks also apply.

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I can get paid for that?  

NOTE: This e-gallery is for press purposes only. No images or other copyrighted materials seen here may be reproduced. Contact patrick@smi...

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