Authenticity is Addictive Vol 2. Issue 4: Tyrion of Target
I was late to the Game of Thrones party.
Even though I own a “complete” set of A Song of Ice and Fire, I had no interest in watching the HBO series. I’ve had my feelings hurt one too many times by television and film adaptations that have fallen far short of the source material. I wasn’t willing to be disappointed again.
Case in point: I’ll never forgive whoever green-lit that atrocious, feel good version of The Giver back in 2014. The artistic license abuse taken by the screenwriter(s) completely butchered a brilliant story and closed the door to bringing the remaining books of the quartet to the silver screen. What a shame.
I swore I’d never watch GoT, but curiosity got the better of my resolve. I decided I’d give it a chance long enough to see if Jason Momoa had finally figured out how to act. And if he hadn’t? I’d find a way to suffer through the torture of gazing at him.
I tuned into Game of Thrones for Momoa, but I stayed for Dinklage.
I think we can all agree that Peter Dinklage’s portrayal of Tyrion Lannister was mind-blowing.
(And if we don’t agree, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore.)
What presence. What gravitas. What a voice.
It’s almost as if he was born to play that role.
“Authenticity is addictive. In a world that is increasingly skeptical, people respond to messages they can relate to.” – Tiffany A. Ingle
So imagine my surprise when, as I strolled the aisles of my local Target, I stumbled upon a Tyrion doppelgänger!
And here, I use the term doppelgänger loosely, because Peter Dinklage is inimitable…
…but in a Peter-as-Tyrion contest, this guy could place:
→A mop of dyed, dusky yellow curls and a full beard framed his face.
→He was much shorter than the average man.
→The best part? He had a rich baritone voice that seemed to fill the room.
He even spoke in Received Pronunciation a.k.a. that generic British accent you and your friends use when you’re pretending to be fancy.
The first time I encountered Tyrion of Target, it was charming. In a time when you’re unlikely to get much more than a grunt acknowledging your presence from the average cashier, ToT’s stage worthy dialogue was refreshing.
The second time we met, it was a little less magical. Still fun.
The next few times after that, it became boring.
Until one day, it became outright annoying. And I began to wonder if maybe Tyrion of Target had a deeper issue, because he never once dropped the act.
Slipping into character from time to time is fun when it’s done for a purpose. But someone who insists on living their real life as a persona isn’t just tragic, they’re inauthentic.
Eventually, Tyrion was let go from Target.
And now, I have so many questions…
Who was that guy, really?
What does his voice actually sound like?
Why wasn’t he ever comfortable being himself?
I understand how difficult it is to be yourself and use your voice in public.
Anytime you dare to share your work with the world, you’re opening yourself up to criticism.
But that’s a risk I’m willing to take because I believe in what I have to say and teach.
So I’m taking things to the next level. After a year of talking about it, I’m finally turning Authenticity is Addictive™ (that’s this newsletter) into a podcast!
The trailer is live on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and everywhere else you like to listen to your favorite shows.
Authenticity is Addictive™ is the podcast that teaches creative entrepreneurs like you all about leveraging powerful brand stories that resonate with your dream clients.
If you want to learn how to become more visible, build your authority, and create lasting connections with loyal customers, you don’t want to miss a single episode.
I’ll be uncovering the brand building secrets of brilliant entrepreneurs like Daniel Lamb, Brittany Mcbean, Erin Pennings, Ana Rosa Parker, Marcy Lynn, and more.
The first episodes drop on August 31st. Check out the trailer and subscribe to the show today…
…because the world has enough Tyrions.