Pursuing a dream
Organized by: Brandon Ceaser
Hello my name is Brandon. I served in the United states military for 2 and a half years and was discharged honorably under general conditions. Because of my early discharge, I was ineligible for any benefits thereafter. Since my discharge, I've been working extremely hard to peruse my first two passions which are music and hair cutting. Since the year 2004, I've been living from home to home working temp jobs, restaurants, landscaping, and pretty much whatever job I could do to stay afloat. In 2010, I enrolled into a cosmetology school and graduated a year later. I immediately started seeking employment in a hair salon where I could grow, learn more about the business side, further my career and eventually own my own business one day. Over a course of 2 years, my clientele had grown but my living situation didn't seem to get better. In 2013, I started working at a salon that had just opened but didn't do to we'll because of the location but I didn't get discouraged, I stayed focused. One afternoon I went into work only to find that the doors had been locked and no one from the staff was inside. I later found out after calling the owner, that the rent was overdue and the salon had been shut down by the owner of the property from failure to pay over a course of 2 months. This was so shocking to me and somewhat depressing because I hadn't been there long. To make things worse, my State Board Cosmetology License and all of my tools were in the salon when the owner of the property locked the doors. The owner also refused to allow access until the balance was paid. Imagine my anger and frustration. No tools, no Licence to work so what now? Back to a 9 to 5 I go to stay afloat. It was hard finding work around that time so I did temp jobs here and there to keep my rent paid. I got laid off, Times got hard, my License renewal fees kept building up and my living arrangements got worse. I am currently renting a small room attached to a salon in exchange for my services which are cleaning, maintaining, and managing the salon because I can't legally work as a stylist without my license. When the salon closes down, I go to sleep on my air mattress in the room. I wash up in the sink early in the morning before opening. My prayer is that one day soon, I can retrieve my licence, get my own place to live, and do hair again. I have done all I can and now I am asking for your help to live a normal life and pursue my dreams.