The queen of geeks has spoken and we should all be listening. Felicia Day has recently published her auto-biography You’re Never Weird on the Internet [Almost].
The book chronicles her life through all its highs and its lows. She gives insight into what goes on inside her head: everything from tangents to the retelling of her life’s key moments so far.
She recounts her early childhood and her life while being home schooled, all the way up to her super stardom of today. Most interestingly she discusses how she created “The Guild”, which, for those of you who don’t know, is one of the first web-series to be put on YouTube and definitely amongst the most popular.
Day also tells of her trying experiences when trying to become a star in Los Angeles. She details her successes and failures, as well as the reality check she got when she graduated with a 4.0 GPA in both Mathematics and Violin from the University of Texas and realized that those two exceptional merits did nothing to benefit an acting career, which she began pursuing immediately following graduation. For those looking to make a career in acting, this is definitely a book worth reading to prepare for the world of Hollywood. If it were not for sheer determination, an abundance of skill in various fields, and a work ethic that borders on ‘super human’, who knows where Felicia Day would be today.
Most importantly though is the fact that a large portion of the book is devoted to her revealing her inner and outer struggles with social anxiety, addiction, and depression. It is rare that those without these issues are able to get a first-person account of the struggles going on behind the scenes, inside someone’s head. Felicia Day provides that in her book and, to be honest, it is sobering to read. There is a lesson to be learned in the fact that some of the stars that we admire and look up to are still human just like the rest of us, and, just like the rest of humanity, their hidden struggles often remain invisible to us.
I recommend this book not only for its insight into the life of a key figure of popular culture, but also for the enjoyment I got out of reading it. It has put the world in a new perspective for me and expect it may have the same effect on you as well.
-Matthew Von Lukawiecki