You Look Like That Girl: A Child Actor Stops Pretending and Finally Grows Up

By Lisa Jakub

At the age of 22, Lisa Jakub had what she used to be purported to wish: she was once a operating actor in la. She had greater than 40 video clips and television indicates to her identify, she were in blockbusters like Mrs. Doubtfire and Independence Day, she walked the purple carpet and lived in the home she got whilst she used to be fifteen. 
But anything used to be lacking.
Passion. objective. Happiness.
Lisa were operating because the age of 4, after a guy approached her mom and dad at a farmer's marketplace and requested her to audition for a advertisement. that opportunity come across dictated the subsequent eighteen years of her unusual-- and often awkward--life. She met Princess Diana... and nearly fell on her whereas trying to curtsy. She filmed in fascinating locations... and her highschool requested her to not get back. She went to fancy parties... and bought form of abducted that one time. good fortune was once complicated.
Making video clips, touring the area, and assembly fascinating humans was once enjoyable for your time, yet Lisa finally learned she was once dwelling a lifestyles in accordance with momentum and definitions of luck that weren't her personal. She battled critical nervousness and panic assaults whereas feeling like she used to be dwelling a person else's dream. now not desirous to turn into a baby actor stereotype, Lisa retired from appearing and left L.A. looking for a course that felt extra actual to her.
In this humorous and insightful ebook, Lisa chronicles the adventures of becoming up within the movie and her tricky determination to depart in the back of the single lifestyles she had ever recognized, to ascertain her priorities, and write the script for her personal existence. She explores the common query all of us ask ourselves: what do i would like to be whilst I develop up?
        

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I stated such things as chesterfield rather than sofa, runners rather than shoes and that i reported the observe pasta like “passed-a. ” the location used to be sincerely uncontrolled whilst I requested at a restaurant the place the washroom was once. After a frightening journey in a freight elevator, i finished up within the laundry room, nonetheless wanting to pee. I simply didn’t converse the correct language of l. a.. comfortably, an entire had sprung up round the have to get foreigners to claim pah-sta. We went to the Samuel French book place and purchased a cassette tape known as whatever like reaching the traditional American accessory, which got here with a bit stapled e-book with phonetic examples written out. I listened to the tapes on my vivid yellow Walkman which will auditions. I imitated the folk at the tapes, we all sounding ridiculous with our exaggerated, planned concentration and our unnatural lilt. I spouted nonsensical words and stretched my jaw and lips, trying to cause them to extra American. It didn’t paintings. My clipped Canadian speak nonetheless seeped in the course of the tried whitewashing and casting administrators endured to whinge approximately it. mother employed an accessory trainer who were steered by way of my supervisor. She and that i met two times every week and sat in a small, windowless workplace, making unusual sounds jointly and attempting to get my tongue to hit the roof of my mouth within the right position. I stated my traces and he or she lined my audition scenes with notes, indicating the right kind, regular American pronunciation of phrases like undertaking and condominium. Her eyebrows could bring up at the syllable i used to be alleged to emphasize and she or he may carry her breath after we acquired to something with a u sound. She placed purple squiggly marks over every one syllable, developing hieroglyphics that rendered the particular discussion virtually illegible. Her ideal accessory oozed slowly and intentionally from her lips as she learn my strains to illustrate, again and again. It was once all so ideal, so vanilla and inoffensive subsequent to my now noticeable annihilation of the observe approximately. we might repeat the discussion onto a tape recorder in order that i may hearken to the flowing verses at domestic as I drifted off to sleep. Slowly, the Canadian-ness melted away and that i seemed like the entire different nonspecific American teenagers at the radio advertisements. That little piece of me was once sufficiently hidden and glossed over. I have been smoothed out and prettied up, made extra applicable for the yank monitor. My new accessory felt like hair dye or bronzer. It was once a lie, however it used to be this sort of lie someone is anticipated to inform. After it slow, I forgot that it wasn’t regularly part of me. the recent cadence caught, for the reason that i used to be surrounded by way of different actors from Minnesota or Boston who had employed an analogous accessory trainer and whose voices were cloned to boring perfection similar to mine. but if I went again to Canada, all people acknowledged I sounded bizarre and didn’t understand that after I requested for a soda i actually intended a pop. yet that was once a sacrifice that had to be made if i wished to paintings in la. Hollywood had formally branded me. bankruptcy three The convey needs to cross On.

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