In Japan, you can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintance.

via The Atlantic

His 8-year-old company, Family Romance, provides professional actors to fill any role in the personal lives of clients. With a burgeoning staff of 800 or so actors, ranging from infants to the elderly, the organization prides itself on being able to provide a surrogate for almost any conceivable situation.

“I always ask every client, ‘Are you prepared to sustain this lie?’”

“There is nothing more that I want. I’ve met so many clients. I’ve played so many roles with them. By doing my job, their dreams come true. In that way, my dreams come true as well. I feel fulfilled, just being needed.”

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