Occasionally, I'll get the rare opportunity of an acting gig.
Since I work for an accounting firm, the most common role I'm cast in is that of an accountant.
When The Boss wants to pad his kids' college fund, I get the part.
For instance, I periodically review the work of actual accountants. I am not, nor have I ever been, an accountant. However, I have been with the firm for many years. This, in and of itself, means I am qualified to review junior staff's work. It makes no difference that they have been trained in accounting and I have not. This role calls for confidence, and confidence I must deliver.
It usually goes something like this:
Junior Accountant: Here's my work, on time as requested, Sir.
Me: Um, looks good. Lotsa numbers 'n stuff.
Junior Accountant: Thank you, Sir.
Me: *Frowning at the totals section of the 1500-row spreadsheet* Oh, there is one thing. This part here looks wrong. I want you to fix that.
*One week time lapse*
Junior Accountant: Sir, I spent all last week reviewing my work.
Junior Accountant: Uh, well, Sir...it's actually correct. You see, these numbers add up. If you take the bi-monthly rate times the...
Me: You're right, looks good! I was just making sure you were paying attention. Keep up the good work!
Play the part well, and The Boss is satisfied. I am now free to return to the No Man's Land of IT.