There is an art to creating a persona. Every single detail needs to be thought out. Every question requires an answer just like real life. Going undercover is more than just fitting in. It is becoming someone new that is trying to start over in a new place. This new person (the undercover agent) is rarely from the location they are being placed. They rarely have a family, because setting up a family requires too many levels of lies, and too many things can go wrong. The agent is typically looking to buy some sort of contraband or attempting to get others to do something illegal. Hard to do when you don’t have anyone to vouch for you. You need to find friends and fast.
Joe Pistone taught me to keep your undercover persona as close to your own as possible. If you stray too far from your true self, you will inevitably make a mistake. And that mistake will come back to haunt you possibly even get you killed.
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