Imposter Syndrome is probably one of the most common forms of anxiety, comprised of heavy self-doubt and a feeling of guilt, inadequacy and isolation.
In his short movie aptly titled Imposter, Chris Esper tackles this subject with a lot of simplicity yet incredible efficiency.
The short film first follows white-collar worker Mike, Tom Mariano (Can’t Go Home, Central Intelligence), who is too afraid to speak up during a reunion.
Next to him is a little boy, Brendan Meehan (Daddy’s Home 2, American Hustle), disguised as a jester that only Mike can see and who acts as the representation of that anxiety.
In his mind, Mike is still only a boy fooling around rather than a serious and professional grown man.