My Life As An Impostor - Thoughts from Bo / by Bo Gerard

I enjoy reading biographies, and I am always amazed at how many talented, famous people secretly feel like impostors, fearing that they would one day be found out.

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We all have many versions of “ourselves” that we employ in different situations enabling us to make it through our wonderful, crazy lives with a minimum number of "crash & burns".  There's the "you" at work, the "you" at home, the "you" at the semi-annual family gatherings, the "you" when you are driving,  and the "you" when you are sitting alone just thinking.  Which of these is the real “YOU”?

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As a performer, I have even more versions of "myself" ready and waiting to be deployed like a Swiss Army Knife of skills.  In my career I have been or currently am:  a singer, a dancer, a writer, a musician, a magician, a juggler, a comedian, and an actor. (Acting like an actor is a very complex business indeed.)

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I have trained in these disciplines, practicing long and hard, in an attempt to perfect these various personas.  As a result I have happily made my life and living as a performer.  Yet, all the while I have been keeping a keen eye out for that inevitable tap on the shoulder, and the stern, quiet voice saying, "All right, buddy, let's go - just get in the car and don't ask any questions!”.  Then he’d whisk me away to that place where all impostors must ultimately go.

It might not be such a bad place, though.  We impostors will sure have a lot of great stories to tell each other.