Award speeches are generally self-indulgent and about thanking people we don't know and probably won't Google. But they're actually moments where celebrities are broadcasted to the whole world with no script. Ashton Kutcher took that opportunity to do what few have done: He got honest and gave some fantastic advice to those who admire him. Skip past the screaming teenagers to 1:44, when he finally gets to talk.
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Host: Choice Aware recipient, Ashton Kutcher!
Ashton Kutcher: What's up? Wow. Okay, okay. Let's be brutally honest. This is the old-guy award. This is like the grandpa award and after this I have to go to the geriatric home.
First of all, I don't have a career without you guys. I don't get to do any of the things that I get to do without you. Hi! I thought that it might be interesting. In Hollywood and in the industry, in the stuff we do, there's a lot of insider secrets to keeping your career going, and a lot of insider secrets to making things tip, and I feel like a fraud.
My name is actually not even Ashton. Ashton is my middle name. My first name is Chris. And it always has been. It got changed when I was 19 and I became an actor, but there are some really amazing things that I learned when I was Chris and I wanted to share those things with you guys because I think it's helped me be here today. So, it's really three things. The first thing is about opportunity, the second thing is about being sexy, and the third thing is about living life.
So, first, opportunity. I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. When I was 13 I had my first job with my dad, carrying shingles up to the roof. And then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant. And then I got a job in a grocery store deli. And then I got a job in a factory, sweeping cheerio dust off the ground. And I've never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job and every job I had was a steppingstone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. So opportunities look a lot like work.
Number two. Being sexy. The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, and being thoughtful, and being generous. Everything else is crap. I promise you. It's just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less, so don't buy it. Be smart. Be thoughtful. And be generous.
The third thing is something that I just re-learned when I was making this movie about Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs said, "When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way that it is, and that your life is to live your life inside the world, and try not to get in too much trouble, and maybe get an education, and get a job, and make some money, and have a family. But life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing, and that is that everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own things. You can build your own life that other people can live in." So build your life, don't live one. Build one. Find your opportunities and always be sexy. I love you guys.