Testimonials


*** Kind words about You Look Like That Girl ***


Lisa Jakub is a child actress who grew up to be an adept writer with plenty to say. Her self-deprecating humor, insightful observations, and unexpected anecdotes make for a delightful read.

-Moviepie


“Lisa’s autobiography proves her writing skills are Oscar worthy — charming, well-crafted and thematically solid.”

– Rachel Koestler-Grack, StoryMonsters Ink Magazine


“Impressively well written, deftly organized and candidly presented, {it} is an inherently fascinating and informative read from beginning to end. Very highly recommended…”

–  Midwest Book Review


“Turns out Lisa does have a magic touch. Her book is a terrific read, and not just because it gives us an inside look at moviemaking. Lisa’s experience is inspiring, showing that second acts are possible even if starting over means walking away from a successful career to find something that will ultimately prove more meaningful and satisfying.”

– Charlene Giannetti, Woman Around Town


“Jakub offers us an endearing look at a layer of the entertainment business we never even knew was there.  With elegant prose we’re allowed access to the human side of an industry that so often seems to lack humanity.”

– Jacob Tomsky, bestselling author of “Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality,” and the founder and president of Short Story Thursdays.


“Those of us who walked away from the spotlight are often asked to explain why. In ‘You Look Like That Girl,’ Lisa Jakub does explain, with her characteristic eloquence and gentle humor, better than anyone else could.”

– Mara Wilson, writer and performer


“Lisa Jakub is that rare breed of writer who possesses the ability to find great depth in the ordinary events of human life. One need only read a few sentences to find that her insight into what moves, drives, and challenges us—is utterly profound. With perception that belies her age, Ms. Jakub has a very keen awareness of the common ground we all share, and she weaves it seamlessly into every story she tells.”

– Steve Franco, Playwright
In-laws, Outlaws and Other People That Should Be Shot


“You Look Like That Girl is a highly entertaining but clear-eyed look at what it’s like to grow up in, and grow out of, show business.”

– Quinn Cummings, author of “Notes From the Underwire,” “Year of Learning Dangerously” and “Pet Sounds.”


*** Kind words about Lisa’s speaking engagements ***


“Lisa recently taught a half-day seminar at WriterHouse on dealing with your inner critic. She received the highest words of praise from her students about her teaching skill, organization, presentation, and compassion for students working through their inner critic issues. One of her students summed up her teaching abilities in this way: “absolutely outstanding,” with other students offering similar comments. WriterHouse would be thrilled to have Lisa teach here again.”

-Sibley Johns, Executive Director, WriterHouse

“Lisa stayed for an hour after her program to answer questions the students in the Friends of Rachel Club (our anti-bullying club who sponsored the event) had and to take a group picture with us. She was very kind, genuine, personable and encouraging. These students come from various different backgrounds and spending the extra time with them made them feel special. The kids are so proud and honored to have met Lisa and many of my students say she is their role model and has inspired them. The Club is working to continue Lisa’s message of accepting yourself and spreading kindness by celebrating World Kindness Day, performing random acts of kindness and creating cards with positive quotes and affirmations.”

-Jenny Camenga, School Counselor, Marathon High School

“To suggest Lisa Jakub is a talented writer and speaker is like suggesting that Jupiter is a pretty big planet; understatement at its finest. Lisa has the innate ability to engage audiences large and small with equal authenticity and energy. Her passion for expressing the dynamic pathways of her life is truly felt, and being near her one feels an immediate connection to kindness, intelligence, compassion and creativity. While Hollywood may be greatly lessened by her absence, the writing world is never giving her back.”

-Jesse Waters, Director, Bowers Writers House


“After admiring Lisa’s work for years now, I was very excited to approach her for a speaking opportunity, to which she kindly took on. For Ketchum PR’s creative community monthly call, I wanted someone who could speak innovatively to a group of fellow creatives who might just need a fresh and stimulating perspective on how to take on their work. Lisa not only delivered an exceptional talk on creative authenticity, but engrossed a group of people with a gripping story of her journey to writing and how she relates these life lessons to her current work. In a rare event, the C-level executives at Ketchum tuned into the talk and were highly impressed and said Lisa made the hour our best monthly call yet. Lisa truly knows how to transfer what she’s learned and experienced in her fascinatingly unique life and turn it into a beautiful presentation while simultaneously crafting a thought-provoking look at the process of a writer in a very inspiring way.”

-Samantha O’Brochta, Ketchum PR


“Lisa has spoken to my classes at Elizabethtown College twice now, and invariably, at the end of the semester, my students always cite her visit as one of the highlights. They are always captivated by her presence, her story, her thoughts on writing, and her advice. As long as she is willing I intend for Lisa to be a fixture in my courses.”

– Tyler Grimm, writer and English professor, Elizabethtown College


“Lisa’s Sunday morning reading was extremely inspiring. I know many of our attendees were very impressed and described it as a highlight of the weekend. Thank you for being such a big part of the event and making it so special for all of us.”

– Stephane Racle & John Wright, RCW139 Convention


“I can’t imagine HippoCamp 2015 WITHOUT Lisa Jakub’s presence! Lisa was a big part of Hippocampus Magazine’s inaugural conference for creative nonfiction writers. Her personality lit up the stage twice. First, she shared an entertaining excerpt from her memoir as part of our Friday evening readings; it was an absolute delight for our attendees. The following morning Lisa served on our debut author panel where she and four other newer authors offered valuable insight from their paths from unpublished to published. Her perspective added tremendous value to the program, and our “HippoCampers” enjoyed conversing with her throughout the three-day event. She’s articulate, she’s smart, she’s funny, and she’s genuine, warm and friendly. But most of all, she has a story to tell.

– Donna Talarico, Founder and Publisher, Hippocampus Magazine


“Drawing from a wealth of personal experience as a successful Actress and Writer, Lisa Jakub offers a unique perspective on life that captivates her audiences. My students were spell-bound as she candidly shared both her triumphs and failures, in a manner that was both riveting and profoundly honest.

– Steve Franco, Director Theatre Glenvar High


“Lisa Jakub is not a typical former child star, nor are many of my students living the typical American dream in two-parent households with a white picket fence. At South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, NC, my students come from all walks of life. All of them are constantly in need of reassurance from the world around them that being different is something that is to be embraced, and not something of which one should be ashamed. While many celebrities, former or otherwise, often speak of the glamor of Hollywood and a fast buck, Lisa Jakub earns the students’ respect (and mine) by speaking straight from the heart with a raw amount of honesty about her past, her present, and her future. Her mantra? Do what you love. Be passionate. Work hard. Embrace your weird.”

– Molly Rowland, South Mecklenburg High


“[Lisa] is a lovely and brave soul. I really loved her reading and talk—it takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there the way she has. One of my students told me that she just turned 25 and she’s been thinking about where she wants to be and Lisa’s talk has been very thought provoking for her.

– Donna Remington, Johnson & Wales University


*** Letters to Lisa from readers ***


“It’s obvious you have a gift.  A rare gift to connect with people and through your writing immediately instill confidence in others.”

– BV


“You’re a good writer. Reading your words feels like putting on a hug sweater. I don’t know what a hug sweater is but it sounds right.”

– DV


“The way you write your blog, your view on life, and the reasons why you stopped acting, intrigue me. Writing that you are “just” a normal human being, makes me glad that you were my favorite actor. I am truly happy that “my” childhood hero is who she is now. A normal, down-to-earth woman. Thank you.”

– GVH


“You completely inspired me. I was in tears.”

– BE


“Your blog writing proves this is your true calling. And your witty, self-effacing humor will endear you to all your readers.”

– DL


“The combination of your honesty, wit, sensitivity, and intelligence form such a refreshingly unique and intriguing peek into the world as you see it through your writing–a world with so much more potential for having thinkers like you in it; It reminds me that it’s worth the struggle to be the person I aspire to be, and teaches me how to shun any negativity with confident restraint, rather than counteract it with hatred. Your decision to retire from the acting world, and focus on writing was clearly a brave, and wonderful choice. I realize you probably don’t need any further reassurance, as your happiness is proof enough; nevertheless, it’s so inspiring that I can’t resist applauding.”

– TM


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