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When I started my career as a performer, I was terrified about auditioning.

For actors, there is no other vulnerable moment than when you show strangers your capabilities, passions, and everything you've dedicated yourself to learning only to be dismissed with a "Thanks for coming. Next."

But something a wise colleague told me forever changed my outlook about auditioning and it made a huge impact on my career.

He told me to stop thinking about auditions as essentially job interviews and go into the room and convince myself that I'm performing for a small audience.

Once I stopped focusing heavily on the prospect of booking the gig and treated auditions like I'm on stage, my confidence took over.

I didn't land every job with successive auditions, but I learned to enjoy the process – and it certainly didn't go unnoticed.

I didn't land every job with successive auditions, but I learned to enjoy the process – and it certainly didn't go unnoticed.

Curious to hear about great advice, Redditor SauceyStan asked strangers on the internet:

"What is the most life-changing piece of advice you've received that has molded you into who you are today?"


Having a positive outlook on life benefited the following Redditors.

"A Ray Of Sunshine On A Cloudy Day"

"Not specifically advice, but something my grandfather said when he was in the hospital: that his nurses were like a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. I became a nurse after he passed, and I try to hold on to that ideal. I try to be the ready of sunshine in my patient's cloudy day."


Kindness Matters

"Never underestimate your ability to have a positive impact."


"To add to the OP; be a nice person wherever you can. Temper your cynicism and snippiness where possible, and try to either be neutral or positive in your interactions with people. Or at least, make it a goal to approach your responses that way - it's obviously not always going to work."

"You'll feel like a better person, and people will notice even if they don't mention it specifically."


Value Of Humor

"Don't underestimate the value of humor. It's so much more than laughter, it's a tool. New job? Make some solid jokes, you will go far. Make your boss genuinely laugh? You will automatically be on their good side. Meeting new people or on a date? Will instantly make the other person more comfortable."

"Humor is a life hack."


Key To Success

Going out of your way to achieve tasks and being adventurous can yield better productivity.

Managing Expectations

"Under promise and over deliver. Former boss."


"I've learned this the hard way. I deliver software and when i can rapidly improve the admittedly crummy first version, it almost feels like cheating. But I end up getting double the credit: once for delivering on time, and then for improving it. It's not as if it's something I try to do, I just learned that the cycle is inevitable, so it's best to plan for the worst release-refine-release cycle that seems reasonable and then maybe sometimes you can beat it. 🙂"


Be Adventurous

"The biggest risk in life, is risking nothing at all"

"For those of you who are in your 20's don't be afraid to go on weird and wild adventures. If you want to try and build an online blog, do it. If you want to be a content Creator, do it. If you want to switch programs, do it. No matter how weird it sounds to other people just do it! Even if you fail let's say after 3-4 years of trying, you're still young enough to do other things."

"Sincerely, a dude in his 20s"

"Edit: the quotes from a guy named Vinh Giang but I'm pretty sure it's a variation of mark Zuckerberg's quote."

"Feel free to check Vinh out though! He's a keynote speaker/ motivational speaker who uses magic tricks to get his point across. He has a YouTube channel and I believe there's a video of his ted talk."


Outlook On Life

Having a different perspective on various life obstacles could open new doors.

Age-Old Adage

"Treat others the way you want to be treated. Learned that when I was 11 from weird old lady. Sticked with me since then."

– TomBuilder_

Knowing Limits

"You can't save the world. -my mother"

"I didn't take her advice and learned it the painful way instead."


Taking Opportunities

"When I started chinese classes at my High School in Minnesota, my teacher said «You are lucky, for in this class, you will have NO TESTS!» Cue the cheers, as we were happy. «We call them opportunities, and we will have them EVERY Friday!» Cue the laughter from the teacher and the disappointed groans from us easily fooled students. Then he said «We call them opportunities, because they are an opportunity to show me, but most importantly yourself what you have learned.»"

"What a dumba**, right? Well, we always talked about these as opportunities, we never called them tests, and it actually did something to the attitude we had towards them. I had never taken chinese classes before, and I got a full score on every single one of those opportunities."

"Lately I have been remembering this, and started to think of my exams and assignments as opportunities, a way to show the professors but also myself what I have learned. AND IT WORKS. I got an A in economics with that attitude! I had never done any economics classes before that. It takes a lot of the «danger» and frustration out of the tests and assignments. So helpful."


You Only Get One

"Life is good, life is bad. Regardless, life is. One should rejoice in that fact because everything that's ever happened everywhere has led to you being you, so it's worthwhile embrace it."


People imparting their wisdom onto you are like little gifts.

Whether you think they may not apply to you at a given moment, it helps to keep an open mind about listening to people who have more life experience than you.

Who knows, you may end up applying the helpful guidance in the future when you really need it.

But as one Redditor mentioned earlier, embracing humor – in addition to treating others the way you want to be treated – is something that will always strengthen your character.

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Typically, I would write an intro about my own experiences with the weird kids at school, but I WAS the weird kid in school. Not in a bad way, more like a “I had a John Waters phase” when I was 16 and everyone knew it. So like, cool-weird. At least I hope so.

Schools aren’t always so lucky to have the cool kinds of weird kids though. The spectrum of weird extends even further than that, and can sometimes end up very disasterous.

U/Imaginary_East5786 asked: What was the weirdest thing the weird kid did at school?

​Let’s start with the grossest of the gross. Because why not.

Was it worth it?

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He heard that you'd automatically get suspended if you peed your pants at school. He wanted to find out if it was true, peed his pants, got suspended.


Scientific method:

> Observation: 'I've heard that by peeing your pants you will be suspended'

> Hypothesis: If I pee my pants I will be suspended

> Experiment: I peed my pants and I got suspended

> Conclusion: If I pee my pants I get suspended


Uhhh what was the intention here?

He got mad that he didn't understand how to play a game at lunchtime so he started hitting and punching the nearest person to him, who happened to be me. When I shoved him away and asked him what the hell was he doing, he whipped his unit.out, charged at me and when I shoved him away from me again he started crying and ran away with his member still sticking out.


​Next ones up are the lowkey (or even highkey) disturbing stories. These weird kids can get a little scary.

Boom theret.

At my middle school, someone decided to get a little attention with a good old fashioned bomb threat. Except they thought that a bomb threat meant literally writing "bomb threat" somewhere. Worse yet, they misspelled the f*ck out of it, and wrote "boom theret."

So we had to go on a brief, very awkward lockdown while the police checked the perimeter for booms.


I hope there was no overlap in the columns.

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She wrote a list of all the girls and boys she wanted to kiss and murder and then casually passed it out on the playground.


2 separate lists or just the 1?


Same list 2 columns lol.


Holy crap.

Had the weird kid in high school ask the teacher to use the bathroom. She said no and this dude legit stabbed his hand with a pencil. Went all the way through then asked if he could*t was wild.

This was Pearl High School in Mississippi. This was the school Luke Woodham shot and killed his girlfriend and her friend at the school. This kid stabbed himself with the pencil about 2 months after that happened. This was late 1997.


​Most of the time, however, the weird kids are pretty d*mn funny.

Ok, but this takes a lot of skill.

Had a kid nicknamed "cheeseburger" in the grade ahead of me in high school. He got his nickname because when it was time for his class to go to lunch, he snuck into the roof and crawled his way into the cafeteria, dropped down and proceeded to steal all the cheeseburger put out for lunch. Unfortunately they caught him in the act and sent him to the principal's office.

A year later he was caught stealing a teacher's computer, and in the process of being arrested he bit the officers hand, getting him sent to juvi never to be heard of again.


Every school had the cat girl.

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The weird kid at my highschool tied a string around his pencil case and pulled out around the halls pretending it was a dog. He still lives in my hometown. I think unemployed.

Oh also weird girl in middle school acted like a cat. She would meow and hiss at people, lick the water fountain and rub her body on the teacher's legs. In 8th grade. I have no idea where she ended up.



Weird kid in elementary was a self proclaimed alien. Once, while waiting for the bus, she told me "On my planet we eat people like you" and proceeded to bite me. We later became friends in high school and she used to give me massages during lunch break in the quad. Just realized now she was likely tenderizing me.


I was exactly this kind of weird.

He didn't say much, but if asked, he would go to the front of the class and perform Tip-Toe Through the Tulips with all of the emotion and volume of Tiny Tim, holding nothing back.

The last I heard, he became an energy trader, made a ton of money and married well.


I can definitely relate to that last one. In middle school, my English teacher would let me go to the front of the class and perform monologues or songs from Broadway musicals. Weird, but that’s what happens when schools cut funding for the arts and the theatre kids have no outlet.

As long as you’re not hurting anyone, I say let your freak flag fly, man

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