“Life’s short. Talk fast.” — Lauren Graham, Gilmore Girls.

This has to be one of my favorite quotes of all time. It’s one of the things that made me fall in love with Gilmore Girls when it premiered in 2000. I instantly felt a deep connection with Graham’s character—the infamous Lorelai Gilmore. Lorelai is quick-witted and funny but also caring and generous. Graham successfully took a scripted character and transformed her into a genuine and believable person, one with real-life problems and real-life ways of dealing with them. Ms. Graham demonstrated to me, an impressionable college student with dreams of working in the film industry, that it was possible to create a fictional yet believable character with honesty and heart, the true art of storytelling.

When I recently learned that Gilmore Girls was getting a reboot after almost a decade after its final episode aired, I was ecstatic. My life was complete! Or so I thought…

I am an intern with the Washington West Film Festival. So you can imagine what it was like when I, a true Gilmore Girls fanatic, found out that Lauren Graham would be at the festival IN PERSON answering fan questions and discussing her career; my life was made complete… AGAIN!

I am incredibly grateful for my time with Washington West, a festival that has not only shown me the power of storytelling, but has given me the ability to see it happen in real life.

So thank you, Washington West! Stories can and do change the world.

You may not be able to catch Lauren Graham at her sold out In Conversation event, but there are still tickets to see her moderate the In Conversation with Tony Hale. Get tickets before it’s too late!