We can’t help but get a bit choked up even when reading letters that celebrities wrote to normal people. So when you find something like Robot Chicken creator/star Seth Green writing a letter to his 16-year-old self, it’s extra sweet. The actor’s submission is part of a book called Dear Me; in it, Seth addresses his “funny name,” family troubles, and the general awkwardness that probably helped him be the comedic star he is today. Here’s an excerpt:
Let me just say this – it gets easier. I know right now it sucks, family unit dissolving, personal identity in crisis, constant reminders that you don’t belong where you are – but it gets easier. Hard work pays off, and you will find people and places that allow and encourage you to be the best YOU that you can, so seek them out.
Plus you get much less awkward. You will literally wake up one day and realize you don’t have to impress anyone to have them like you. Don’t try so hard, and things will get easier.
Don’t quit. Don’t leave any vision unrealized. Believe in yourself. Actually, I can’t stress that enough – no one will believe in you if you don’t truly believe in yourself. So work through all the self-doubt and self-loathing and get down to business. You will work for at least the next 30 years, each year harder than the last. I know that doesn’t sound so great, but you will make lots of your own stuff and work closely with almost every one of your heroes and they will enjoy it, so … that takes the sting out, right?
Seth has had a pretty incredible career: He’s run the gamut from the idiotic Chris on Family Guy to misunderstood son Scott Evil in the Austin Powers movies to the hilariously serious werewolf Oz on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He’s even played the asshole version of himself on Entourage! If that’s not how you know you’ve made it, I don’t know what to tell you.