Perhaps like many artists, Kevin Hosseini can get frustrated to the point of hurling his paintbrush across the room when a piece isn’t coming together. But unlike others, the 12-year-old Carpinteria resident benefits from a one-word reminder neatly handwritten on a note next to his easel: “Calm.”
While it’s true young entrepreneurial dreamers have all their lives to start that first business, some believe there’s no time like college — or the years immediately after — to take the plunge. One of those believers is Byron Myers, and he should know.
In the crisp early hours of any given morning, those who decide to begin their day with a muffin and a steaming cup of coffee in the Paseo Nuevo mall may notice the sounds of a clinking glass or hacking cough from a nearby dark open door.
Jerry Perez can remember the moment he decided to turn his life around and graduate from high school. It was three years ago, and he was lying in what he thought might be his death bed, trying to console his sobbing mother.
Anyone who still doesn’t believe that the Internet is the great equalizer ought to meet Patrick Sexton. A homeless man in Isla Vista, Sexton sleeps on a mattress tucked inside a thorny bush. And yet the 36-year-old drifter has created one of the world's most prominent online guides for improving Web site rankings on the Google search engine.
Linda Kolkind sits in the driver’s seat of a rusty van parked in the street adjacent to her home. The van’s side, rear, and hood are spray-painted with graffiti. “Prostitution: the world’s oldest oppression,” “Real men don’t have to pay,” and “Down with Johns!” are some of the spray-painted messages.