Becoming Donald Trump
When John Di Domenico bought season one of the “The Apprentice” on DVD, he had no idea how far that investment would carry him.
At the time, Di Domenico was trying to nail Trump’s cadence for a voiceover gig – adding another colorful character to his impersonator arsenal. Now he has a full make-up kit, two wigs, high-thread count t-shirts, expensive suits, ties, and elevator shoes all dedicated to New York mogul and GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
The actor has been impersonating Austin Powers, Jay Leno, Larry King and a few others for years – and with modest success. But these days, with Trump leading the GOP presidential field, impersonating the real-estate magnate has become nearly a full-time gig. Di Domenico has had calls for commercials, corporate gigs and even television segments.
When Trump announced his candidacy in June, Di Domenico's phone started ringing.
"Everyone who knows me knows I do this character... and was like ‘Dude, you’re set,’ ” Di Domenico said. "But the work wasn't there right away."
Then Trump made his now infamous comments debunking the war hero status of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who spent five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
"I thought it was over, but the converse happened – (the comment) boosted him," Di Domenico said. The increasingly popular impersonator started to hope that Trump would make it to the first debate without dropping out of the race. Then he hoped Trump would make it to the second debate. Now, Trump is headed for the Iowa caucus.
And Di Domenico is a busy man.