Attending Anna Kendrick's
Book Tour

Friday, November 18, 2016

Last night, I attended Anna Kendrick's book tour for her newly released memoir, "Scrappy Little Nobody." I had never been to an event like this before, and while going places solo isn't something I do too often, I did this time, and I'm glad I went.

Anna Kendrick has a reputation of being silly, honest, and down-to-earth. Seeing her in person yesterday only solidified that. She has to make a conscious effort not to let swear words slip, she hates making her bed (so she rarely does it), and she thinks adding "author" to her list of credentials makes her look like a dick. Despite being famous, she's still just a regular person trying to make sense of life. And I know how cheesy that sounds. It warrants an eye-roll. But I believe it.

Listening to her speak, there were a few things that stuck out to me that I quickly typed in a note on my phone.

She wouldn't tell her past self anything because she was a brat and had to learn.
The classic question: Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your past self? And Anna said, nothing, because her past self wouldn't have listened. We're all given good advice all the time, from our parents, relatives, coworkers, etc. We're told to be confident in ourselves, to not waste time with the wrong people, to take chances for our happiness. Nevertheless, the truth is that when we're young, we're probably going to do whatever we want anyway and learn our lessons on our own. As Anna said, "Life has to kick your ass a little bit."

She thinks she's the worst.
Kind of. I'm sure she's proud of everything she's accomplished so far. At the same time, like us, she also looks back on things she's done or said with embarrassment. She talked about how she still has some of her old journals from when she was 17, and when she reads through it, she thinks she's the worst. Now, with a book out, she admits it's a bit terrifying, telling herself, "Not only are you the worst, but you made it available to the public."

She doesn't want to be remembered as someone who's "nice."
Not that being "nice" is an insult, but if it's the only thing someone has to say about you, she thinks you're boring, because there are so many other good things you could say about a person. She talked about how we all want to be remembered as someone who was nice, but at the same time acknowledging that "you don't have to be nice to be a good person." I didn't realize this was an idea I agreed with until she said it out loud. It's true. Not being nice doesn't automatically make you a bad person. Sometimes you gotta step up and be a bitch. Don't worry about being nice all the time if the situation doesn't call for it.

I haven't read any of the book yet because I wanted to wait until I got the signed copy. It's definitely on my list to read before the end of the year, though, and I have no doubts that I'll love it.

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