In the past, Hollywood studios sought actors who were triple threats, meaning someone who could sing and dance as well as act. While I have no idea whether actress/singer Lauren Graham can dance, she certainly can write. Her first novel, “Someday, Someday, Maybe” was a laugh out loud novel about the exploits of a struggling actress in New York, looking for success, love and finally, herself. She followed that up with a memoir, called “Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything In-Between”. The book is a rollicking account her life in Hollywood, from the triumphs to the failures and the this is too ridiculous to be true moments.
Her latest offering, “In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It”, is based in-part on a speech she gave to the graduating class of her old high school. Having never given a speech before, she was ‘volunteered’ by her father and began suddenly scrambling about looking for what to say to the new graduates. The result is a slim volume that is full of wit, encouragement and truth.
Beginning with her own graduation, Graham draws her philosophy from her own personal and professional life. As a writer, Graham has a strong sense of candor and is more than willing to poke fun at herself and the pretensions associated with the acting profession. One quote from the book has firmly lodged in my mind, “Whatever path you choose, whatever career you decide to go after, the important thing is that you keep finding joy in what you’re doing, especially when the joy isn’t finding you.”
As graduation season approaches, the book would make a great gift but it’s message applies everyone. Whether you are embarking on a new life path, are going through difficult times, or just need a reminder that, to quote Graham, “In conclusion, don’t worry about it. You already have The Most. And you’re already one of The Best”.