Darnell hails from Hot Springs, Arkansas. He's been living in Los Angeles since 1986. Back in the early years of his LA stay he held a variety of jobs. Everything from a horse groomer at the Santa Anita track to working at a successful marketing company that handled large clients. Sierra Club, MOCA, and the NY Met were a few that he worked on.
In 2013 Darnell got addicted to drugs which led him to time in prison and living on the streets. He is now sober and has a place to stay at a shelter downtown while he waits for permanent housing. He's held a few jobs since but he says it's difficult to secure anything with his record. Would Works is excited to give Darnell a current work reference as he's been a terrific addition to the team.
He says 'The best part of the program is meeting new people and learning the skills'. Currently his goal is to pay off a loan to a cosmetology school he accrued. He discovered a talent in doing hair and really enjoys it. So he hopes to pay off the loan and continue on with his cosmetology training. 'Hopefully I'll get a job before the Would Works sessions are even over,' says Darnell. We hope so too! But in the mean time we appreciate his dedicated work he has been putting into our latest Enzo Mari collaboration.
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