Many of us have had dreams of stardom in the back of our mind. When we see someone on TV, we always hear about someone receiving accolades and attention and we secretly wish that we could be like that person. But many of us will never be a star, mainly because we lack the skill and ability to delight thousands of people.
Michael Jackson impersonator Sergio Cortés had a similar dream of wealth and stardom, but he attainted them through different means than you or I might. As a young child, he used to constantly watch videos featuring his hero, legendary singer and performer Michael Jackson. He would watch many of Jackson’s numerous performances and watch intently as Jackson performed. Sergio intently examined Jackson’s many nuances and inflections, and began to imitate the King of Pop.
As Jackson reached new heights of fame, Sergio continued watching and pretending that he was Jackson. His impression of Jackson became impeccable. He didn’t share his gift with the rest of the world, and only showed his impressions to family and friends. He wasn’t aware that a chance encounter was about to occur that would change his life forever.
One day, when Cortés was walking through his town, a local photographer saw him on the street. At first, the photographer was stunned that Michael Jackson himself was simply walking down the street. The photographer stopped Cortés and struck up a conversation with him. It was apparent after a few minutes that Cortés had a dead on imitation and likeness to the pop superstar. The photographer politely asked him if he could take a picture of him to share with his editor, who worked at a local newspaper. Cortez agreed to the photo, and the next date the photograph was published. The photograph set off a whirlwind of activity, as talent agents and entertainment sources besieged Sergio, asking him for interviews and performances.
From that point on, Sergio decided to become a Michael Jackson celebrity impersonator. He now shares his gift with thousands of people in shows and through his Facebook page, where he pays homage to Michael Jackson. He has amassed thousands of fans and travels the world performing as Jackson and various performances and shows.
Sergio Cortés reached a level of fame and fortune that he only dreamed of years past. His love of the King of Pop has become a full-time career, with him as the center of attention. He now gets to share his love of Michael Jackson with adoring crowds throughout the world, and through his imitation people relive what it must’ve been like to see Michael Jackson perform in person.