At the age of 22, Lisa Jakub had what she was supposed to want: She was a working actor in Los Angeles. She had more than 40 movies and TV shows to her name. She had been in blockbusters like Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day. She walked the red carpet and lived in the house she had bought when she was 15.
But something was missing. Passion. Purpose. Happiness.
Lisa had been working since the age of four, after a man approached her parents at a farmer's market and asked her to audition for a commercial. That chance encounter dictated the next 18 years of her unusual - and frequently awkward - life. She met Princess Diana...and almost fell on her while attempting to curtsy. She filmed in exciting locations...and her high school asked her not to come back. She went to fancy parties...and got kind of kidnapped that one time. Success was complicated.
Making movies, traveling the world, and meeting intriguing people was fun for a while, but Lisa eventually realized she was living a life based on momentum and definitions of success that were not her own. She battled severe anxiety and panic attacks while feeling like she was living someone else's dream. Not wanting to become a child actor stereotype, Lisa retired from acting and left LA in search of a path that felt more authentic to her.
In this funny and insightful book, Lisa chronicles the adventures of growing up in the film industry and her difficult decision to leave behind the only life she had ever known, to examine her priorities and to write the script for her own life. She explores the universal question we all ask ourselves: what do I want to be when I grow up?
For many of us, our knowledge of Lisa Jakub ended after she decided to leave her film career in LA. This audiobook autobiography perfectly captures the journey of rediscovery that Lisa has undertaken since then. For readers of her blog, social networks and vlogs, having her read her own words in such a candid and personal way is a joy which will move you to tears, laughter and audible gasps! It did me! I thoroughly recommend the book and audiobook.
I've listened to the audio book two or three times now, and it's just as captivating each time. She tells her story clearly enough and thoroughly so that you feel her pain, anxiety, joy, cheers, and everything in between.
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I listened to this Audiobook on Day 2 of a four day road trip. I bought it mostly because I was curious to know what the author (Lisa Jakub) ended up doing after acting in some of my favorite childhood movies. What I didn't expect was a story full of introspection and a struggle that is utterly relatable, no matter your profession.
Pros: The pacing is on point, the story is interesting, and it's read by the author herself.
Cons: The book jumps around a bit at times, making it hard to follow/easy to get lost if you let it get away from you.
Parts of this story were good, however it was clearly dragged out into enough words to get a book deal, or edited to omit some really eye opening parts. I appreciate her honesty and willingness to say she did not want to be a long-term actress. I feel like the point was rehashed over and over, and it came off as being bitter about the life she was blessed with. I wanted to recommend this book to a friend, but there is nothing in it to give it enough substance unless you were a fan of hers to begin with. I had no idea who she was.
Lisa is an excellent writer who is also an excellent audio book reader. Her life story is very interesting and frankly gave me a look into how I view "celebrities". Her spplicstion of humor is very well done and makes the book quite engaging. It is a look into apart of life that many of us will never know and Lisa gives a personal look into the beauty of an "ordinary" life. Well done.
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This book as excellent. Honest, interesting, and inspirational. Infused with humor and humility; Lisa Jakub is a wonderful writer. I can't wait for more books by this author.
About a girl who was really good at something she didn't want to do. I was impressed with how well in touch she was with her feelings and weaknesses. She fought them for a while and tried to change, but finally realized who she was and moved on. Congratulations.