The Inspiration: Born on April 27, 1948 as the son of a stationery business owner, Frank Abagnale entered the world of crime as a youngster with credit card and check schemes. He later impersonated various white collar professionals, creating an overseas trail, and was arrested at 21 by the French police. Abagnale was eventually hired by the FBI as a consultant and then started his own agency, educating corporations, financial institutions and government organizations on how to detect and handle fraudulence. A portion of his life was the subject of the popular 2002 film Catch Me If You Can. We love you Leo.
During his years of con, Frank realized that he could cash more bad checks if he dazzled bank tellers with a new, more impressive personality. He decided pilots were highly respected professionals, so he schemed his way into getting a pilot's uniform.
As you can tell, Mr. Abagnale was a miracle worker when navigating the institutions of his time, and the hearts of the people in his surrounds, even at the tender age of 21.
The Scene: "Fake it until you make it." You have likely heard that quoted being spouted by your parents, teachers, and other people in your life who think image is the most important thing when climbing the ladder to success and personal fulfilment.
Well I hate to break it to you, but they are right. It could be the little extra care you put into your outfit for a job interview, that extra set in the gym each day that does not go unnoticed by your significant other, the image that we give off to others is a reflection of how what we are thinking, and how we are feeling.
Mr. Abagnale embraced this philosophy to its core, by actually *becoming* the personas he only appeared to be. His apparently exceptional cons often ended up being interpreted as sound truth. It was only when the FBI *finally* caught on that they understood the ruthless reality they were actually part of.
"Good afternoon passengers. This is your captain speaking. We are currently cruising at an altitude of 34,000 feet at an airspeed of 420 miles per hour. The time is 3:45 pm. The weather looks good and with the tailwind on our side we are expecting to land in Toronto in approximately fifteen minutes ahead of schedule. The cabin crew will be coming around in about twenty minutes time to offer you a light snack and beverage, and the inflight movie will begin shortly after that. I'll talk to you again before we reach our destination. Until then, sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of the flight. "