The art of being ‘genuine and authentic’ is characterized as being real, truthful, not phony or counterfeit, not copied. So how can a Tribute Artist , someone who is impersonating, pretending to be, and imitating someone else, be genuine and authentic? Do you see the irony? The dichotomy?
How does a new parent, the day they take their first child home from the hospital, be genuine and authentic? After all, they have no experience at parenting, they’ve never done it before. They probably read some books but they have no real experience. In a sense, they are ‘impersonating’ a parent at the beginning. It’s no doubt awkward. But with time, hard work, trial and error, they figure it out and it happens – they parent genuinely and authentically.
How did you feel the first day you started a new job? Did you know what you were doing? Did you immediately take the bull by the horns and wrestle him to the ground? Of course not, you were most likely ‘impersonating’ someone competent, and in some cases pretending you knew what your were doing. In reality, you didn’t have a clue and secretly hoped that others didn’t discover your phoniness. But after a few days you started gaining some comfort with your new surroundings and co-workers; with hard work and dedication you figured it out. Your genuineness and authenticity bloomed.
Here is my list of 7 things a Tribute Artist (or anyone) can do to be genuine and authentic in the role they are impersonating.