I never like saying that. I never liked telling people that my job was an impersonator.
Somehow, I never wanted to be pretending to be someone (or something) else. I wanted to be me.
What are some synonyms for impersonate?
- Fake – Who wants to be fake?
- Imitate – Who wants to be an imitation?
- Mimic – Who wants to be a person just copying another?
So what did I do?
I invented my own definition of an impersonator. Besides looking like and acting like another, I added: an impersonator brings their own interpretation into the role; and, an impersonator has studied and trained. In short, an impersonator is a professional … an artist.
How does being an impersonator differ from any other role, job, or career that you play?
After all, we all start out imitating, mimicking, and faking it as students, friends, construction workers, writers, investors, spouses, and parents.
And then a funny thing happens … we practice, study, train, and be those roles. We become those people. We get good. We become professionals and artists in performing our roles. We are no longer simply pretending – we become competent.
So now, I proudly can say, “I’m an Impersonator.”
I’m competent at the things I’ve decided to do.
And I willingly admit that I’ll continue to impersonate the person I’m still practicing to become.
Are you willing to fake it until you become competent?
Are you willing to mimic those you admire?
Are you willing to be an impersonator?
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