To make the world a happier place, and to make himself more courageous, a young man from Chongqing has started asking strangers to snap selfies with him, so far over 3,000 people have accepted his strange request with a smile.
After graduating from vocational school in 2012, 23-year-old Mei Xiao has worked a variety of different jobs. He was a factory worker, a fitness instructor, and a startup founder. Finally in June 2016, he decided to abandon it all and pursue his true passion for acting.
Mei traveled to Hengdian in central Zhejiang province, a place known for its enormous film studio which includes replicas of the Old Summer Palace and the Forbidden City. However, after a week there Mei hadn’t managed to land a single acting gig.
To get himself noticed, he began dressing up in bizarre clothing and jogging around the complex. Eventually, he thought of a more effective way of introducing himself to the world — asking strangers to take selfies with him.
While he has been met with occasional ridicule and refusals, most of the time people have happily accepted his requests. In nine months he’s tallied around 3,000 selfies.
Currently, Mei is working as an extra at Hengdian waiting for his big break. In the meantime, he’s trying to set a Guinness World Record in selfies with strangers.
“It’s said that people who smile a lot will have good luck, and I hope my dreams can come true one day,” Mei said.
Unfortunately for Mei, it’s going to take a while before he sets any record. For example, we know a taxi driver in Shenyang with an amazing collection of selfies with 30,000 passengers. Meanwhile, the record for most selfies taken in one hour currently stands at 1,449.
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