Growing up, Ms Day’s life seemed tailor made for a future actress as she was home schooled and able to pursue whatever took her fancy. Her life gets slightly more bizarre when you find out what kind of scholarship she got to go to college on. No, I won’t tell you, you will just have to read the book. Once graduation came, she knew she wanted to pursue acting as a career. So off she went to California and doggedly sought work. Bit parts for commercials and the girl next door, quirky secretary gigs came her way. When she didn’t find the kind of job she really wanted in Hollywood, she created a hit web series called The Guild. That led to the founding of Geek & Sundry on Youtube. She freely admits to her obsessive compulsive/addictive personality and encourages the reader to embrace their own uniqueness. Our society doesn’t exactly encourage women to support each other, to build each other up. But that is exactly what Felicia Day does. She knows what it is like to face rejection and seemingly insurmountable odds. She genuinely wants you to find something you are passionate about and pursue it!
I rarely read autobiographies but when the opportunity to read Felicia Day’s memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) came, I jumped at the chance. I have been a fan of the quirky actor for quite a while and her book was exactly what I needed. It was as funny as I expected, so funny I laughed out loud and had to read parts to my family. This led to us all binge watching all the seasons of The Guild and enjoying it immensely. While this was her first book that I know of, I really hope to see more from the talented Ms Day.
The Internet isn't all cat videos. There's also Felicia Day - violinist, filmmaker, Internet entrepreneur, compulsive gamer and former lonely homeschooled girl who overcame her isolated childhood to become the ruler of a new world ...or at least semi-influential in the world of Internet geeks and Goodreads book clubs. After growing up in the south where she was 'homeschooled for hippie reasons', Felicia moved to Hollywood to pursue her dream of becoming an actress and was immediately typecast as a crazy cat-lady secretary. But Felicia's misadventures in Hollywood led her to produce her own web series, own her own production company and become an Internet star. Felicia's short-ish life and her rags-to-riches rise to Internet fame launched her career as one of the most influential creators in new media. Now, Felicia's strange world is filled with thoughts on creativity, video games, and a dash of mild feminist activism - just like her memoir. Hilarious and inspirational, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should embrace what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now - even for a digital misfit.