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Do You Know Who I Am?: Battling Imposter Syndrome in Hollywood

Do You Know Who I Am?: Battling Imposter Syndrome in Hollywood

Written by Jeremy Fall

Narrated by Jeremy Fall


Do You Know Who I Am?: Battling Imposter Syndrome in Hollywood

Written by Jeremy Fall

Narrated by Jeremy Fall

ratings:
4/5 (111 ratings)
Length:
1 hour
Released:
May 11, 2022
ISBN:
9781094443584
Format:
Audiobook

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Editor's Note

Search for authenticity…

In this succinct personal essay, Fall details the pitfalls of imposter syndrome and endeavors to silence the nagging voice in his head.

Description

Amid the frenzy of flashing cameras and shouting paparazzi at the 2006 Grammy Awards, a dark-haired six-foot-seven teenager emerged from a taxi and strode confidently along the red carpet in a sharp tuxedo. After glad-handing celebrities, mingling easily with music business notables, and duping an unsuspecting usher, young Jeremy Fall slipped casually into his seat next to a major industry power couple. But this brazen gate-crashing stunt was just the first in a succession of increasingly daring “fake it until you make it” self-promotion ploys that would take the success-driven Los Angeles high school student and nightclub doorman from his hardworking single mother’s modest apartment near Skid Row to the height of lifestyle TV fame as a popular celebrity chef-restaurateur. And yet, from his early days managing the velvet rope at hot Hollywood nightclubs like Les Deux while fielding text messages from young celebs like Lindsay Lohan and Ashton Kutcher to later overseeing his wildly popular breakfast-for-dinner joint Nighthawk, Fall was struggling 24-7 with Bob, the nagging inner voice bringing him down. Even as he effortlessly prepared his signature drunken challah French toast on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives after a frantic one-day crash cooking class with his staff, Bob’s endlessly looping “Fraud!” drumbeat pounded in his head. Well-known among the “in” crowd of Hollywood and music industry elites, no matter how much outward success he achieved with a million Instagram followers, Fall was drowning in self-doubt, anxiety, and depression as he battled imposter syndrome, a psychological condition that affects so many others worldwide. At its debilitating zenith, Fall announced on social media that he struggled with mental illness and then deleted his Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. When he reappeared online after two months of deep soul searching, he was a changed person, fumbling his way determinedly toward authenticity and truth. In this heartfelt and heartbreaking coming-of-age story, Fall digs deep to share how he evolved from a teenager who was dogged by fear and confusion, into a successful marketing-and-branding campaign entrepreneur and beloved philanthropist in the burgeoning worldwide NFT and Web3 community of digital artists and collectors.

Released:
May 11, 2022
ISBN:
9781094443584
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as ebookEbook

About the author

Jeremy Fall is a Los Angeles‒born award-winning restaurateur and celebrity chef. The only child of a French Afro-Caribbean mother and a Tunisian Jewish father, he grew up in the restaurant business and opened five successful eateries by the time he was twenty-seven years old, including Nighthawk Breakfast Bar, Nighthawk AM, Easy’s, Tinfoil Liquor & Grocery, and Paperboy. By age twenty-nine, he was on Forbes’s “30 Under 30” list and had sold his successful restaurant group. Currently, Fall is coproducing and costarring in the Facebook Watch show Beats for Breakfast with singer-songwriter Miguel. In addition, Fall is the creator of Probably Nothing, an online NFT education platform that aims to bridge the gap between metaverse-savvy early adopters and the masses. His latest project, Photosynthesis, includes 8,888 genesis NFTs that give access to the world’s biggest virtual flower shop. Fall’s new show, Probably Nothing, releases on Triller TV in spring 2022. His popular podcast, Dinner Party, which is headed into its second season, tackles complex topics including mental health, culture, and creativity with celebrity guests, influential thought leaders, and tastemakers.


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  • (4/5)
    Interesting... this couldn't have been a fun book to write. But having the guts to face imposter syndrome when you have so much to lose, speaks volumes in the sincerity of that person... knowing his upbringing and growing up in the underbelly of LA his life could have easily gone in the wrong direction 100+ times... Even though much of his early career was built like a Hollywood movie set, his tenacity persevered... for this effort I say "I?"...
  • (5/5)
    An entertaining and informative peek into why even famous and successful folks experience Imposter Syndrome!
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed listening to this.
    Whilst listening, I discovered many similarities with my own mind and that of the author. I do not have a name for my version of ‘Bob’, however, I definitely identify with many of the characters explained in this book. While it doesn’t make me feel good knowing other people suffer from their own minds torment, it does give me a sense of unity. That horrible feeling of being alone in a world where isolation is a growing solution/enforcement to man made issues (real or perceived), the cruel reality is that we are conditioned to accepting it and when it’s your mind that is treating you like less than … I think I have made no sense now and my Bob is telling me to backspace so I’m going to stop here. Great book.
  • (5/5)
    I love this book so much! I didn’t know who Jeremy Fall was. But I do now. His transparency and authenticity was refreshing and inspiring. This was just long enough for me to listen while cleaning the kitchen before I had to run to my next hustle. Thanks Jeremy!
  • (5/5)
    Great read about the imposter syndrome! Glad I found it.
  • (2/5)
    It was boring. He basically just keep requesting himself while saying he was famous.
  • (2/5)
    A personal experience that feels a bit too self commercially and self congratulatory at times. I didn’t need the nft’s.

    I did appreciate the experience with negative selftalk and some tips on how to deal with this as it’s very recognisable
  • (5/5)
    Thank you for sharing your experience. I learned a lot listening to your words.
  • (5/5)

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    I was waiting to get bored but surprisingly I enjoyed every bit of it. Even about the NFT. going to read more about that.

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