I just stumbled upon a post from @morejanda about how he met @willsmith and the ten things he learned about charisma when meeting him. This reminded me about the time when I met the legend in Cannes some time ago. I can absolutely agree 100% with all the things Michael wrote! Will was in fact such a nice, patient and cool guy - just as you'd kind of hope and maybe expect. So here's the story how this photo happened: As in previous years, I've been supporting the Young Lions Creative Competitions in Cannes and knew that Will Smith was in town. I also saw his talk about @just water which was very nice and entertaining as well. I knew where he would come out after it, so I was playing the waiting game. Then I saw him and his entourage come up. I approached him with my biggest smiley face and said (being nervous af): "Hey Will! Thanks for the great talk, it was really inspiring! I just wanted to say Hi and maybe ask for a photo with you?", while doing that I reached out for a handshake. Without any hesitation, we did the buddy handshake and he was all smiles, not arrogant, annoyed or anything - just the purest Will-Smith-Grin and charisma I admire since the Fresh Prince. My friend who was waiting with me, had my phone ready in his hands. In fact he was a bit nervous (so was I, in fact pretty starstruck too) so the first two or three photos were shaky! Instead of being impatient Will took his time and waited until we were happy, while being very relaxed and chatting with me (which I can't recall exactly by the words). While we were waiting for the final photo to happen some other people came about too, but Will's security staff kindly waived them off saying: "Sorry, just these two!" Nice. It was a bit surreal and I was happily surprised by him being just as cool in real life as I hoped he would be! It all lasted maybe a minute or two, but this is such a nice memory and I absolutely admire the kindness and patience he showed with just a regular dude asking for photo. .
#tbt #kindness #willsmith #cannes #canneslions #charisma #character #beingnice #kindnessmatters #goodmatters #starstruck #happy #selfie #photo - 2 months ago