Pass It Forward…

Homeless Before & After Photo: Devin Masga
Before & After
Photo: Devin Masga

I often think about what I can do on a daily basis to pass it forward.

What innate talent can I draw from to make someone’s life better?

I cannot employ my wiles as a publicist or special events executive because I would have to give up my day job what with all the needy unemployed actors and wannabes in Los Angeles and Manhattan.

I am good at interior design and styling, but not many less fortunate people are looking for a decorator or rock ‘n roll stage outfits.

I happened upon a feel good story about a NYC hairdresser named, Mark Bustos.

Photo: Devin Masgas
Photo: Devin Masga

On a trip to his native Philippines, he offered haircuts to street kids and discovered a very fulfilling way to give back using his skills. “The feeling was so rewarding,” he says, “I decided to bring the positive energy back to New York City.”

Photo" Devin Masgas
Photo: Devin Masga

On many Sundays, he gathers his tools and pulls together a traveling salon, taking it to the streets. He offers free cuts and grooming to those in want and in need.

Photo: Devin Masgas
Photo: Devin Masga

Beyond simply providing a basic grooming necessity, Bustos’ haircuts improve life on a deeper level. “I do believe people with a proper, professional haircut receive more respect.”

Photo: Devin Masgas
Photo: Devin Masga

The transformation is remarkable.

Bustos does all this in the open. He wants to inspire others to pass it forward and lend a helping hand to those less fortunate.

Photo: Devin Masgas
Photo: Devin Masga

I would love to make someone smile and feel better about themselves, cared about, validated…wouldn’t you?!

Go out and perform a random act of kindness. I am not going to open my mouth or raise a finger to anyone on the road today…it’s a start.

Mark Bustos and Friend. Phot: Devin Masgas
Mark Bustos and Friend.
Phot: Devin Masga

2 Comments

  1. Lovely.

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