A true master of any given artform is rare. How rare is up for debate. But it’s safe to say that there’s only going to be one or two within any given artform per decade. But every now and then there’s an almost unique crossover between genres. And when that happens something really magical can be felt in the air. It doesn’t happen often, and it often takes some very unusual circumstances. But every now and then the lives of two masters of different art forms converge to create something new. And in the case of two men, Sergio Cortes and Michael Jackson, the lines between them can even blur.
This can be better understood by simply looking at Sergio’s title. He’s also known as MJ impersonator Sergio Cortes. However, sometimes a specific title can be somewhat deceptive. It’s true that Cortes is a Michael Jackson impersonator. But it’s also true that Jackson himself is a pop singer. But Jackson is the King of Pop, and Cortes also sits at the top of his form of artistic expression.
There’s quite a few different reasons for this. But one of the biggest is simply how Cortes grew up. He was just a young boy when someone first gasped in recognition of just how much he looked like a young Michael Jackson. And this quickly led to Cortes learning how to mimic Jackson for his friends on the playground. But as time passed Cortes grew to look more and more like the King of Pop. And he began to take his impersonation more as art than game. He learned how to sing and dance in the same style as Jackson. But he also spent his formative years studying how Jackson related to the world. Younger people can soak in cultural details in a way that few adults ever could. And as such Cortes soaked in every aspect of Jackson’s life.
Sergio Cortes picked up on a lot of Michael Jackson’s skills. But he also learned one major point which has allowed him to sit on the throne of his craft.
He learned that there’s more to a man than the nature of a performance. Cortes isn’t someone who impersonates Jackson only when he’s on stage. He learned that true impersonation means bringing the subject to life for the audience in every aspect of life. Cortes doesn’t simply bring Jackson to the crowd when he’s on stage. Instead he becomes Jackson for a period of time. That means putting on a great show. But it also means being able to talk to the audience after the performance and leaving them feeling as if they’d met the King of Pop himself.