IamA (once homeless) street-performing musician whose life was completely turned around because of the incredible generosity of an absolute stranger. AMA!
My short bio: Was homeless, playing on the streets in York, England and was heard by a passer-by. Six weeks later, just as I found a home, and after we had spoke for all of a couple of hours on fb, she flew me out to America to play some shows. The ten day trip turned into six months. During that time I played a bunch of shows, was invited to The Grammys (and afterparty!) and swapped my guitar once held together by sellotape and coke bottle caps for a beautiful electric guitar (60th Anniversary Telecaster). I've since gone on to play for the BBC and gotten interest from various major labels, and am setting up my move to America now. She gave me a chance, and had absolutely no reason to. For that I am eternally grateful and I'd love to tell you more about the journey so far! I'm off to bed now so will reply what I can tonight and the rest tomorrow. My Proof: http://imgur.com/a/E1mKo
EDIT: More people are engaging in this than I anticipated and many of you are asking who I am and what I do. Well, my name is Leo James Conroy and here I am in action. If you want to know more visit my website I guess: www.leojamesconroy.com
EDIT: To clarify the homelessness situation, as some are throwing needless accusations: I was without a home for 3 months, and I slept rough for around 3 weeks. I know I didn't have it as rough as many, or for as long as many, but I was on the streets in an old sleeping bag, sometimes my soft guitar case too, and making ends meet with what I could get from passers-by on a daily basis. I was lucky enough to be performing for my change, and to perform in people's houses in exchange for a room for a night or two. It sucks, but many people are happier to help if you don't look like you're begging. If the title is too misleading or offending, I am happy to change or delete the post entirely.
EDIT: I have been on here for hours now but I cant keep up with you all. It is 7.20am now and I must get to bed. I'll get back to you all tomorrow. Thank you for all the questions. And to those of you giving me shit for no apparent reason; grow up.
EDIT: Holy damn. Front page. I cant keep up with you all but I will do my best. Thank you for your interest all.
LAST EDIT: I would just like to say thank you for all the attention my video is receiving and for all your kind words. I really recommend you support Samsara Sessions YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/samsarasessionstv . They are a fantastic team and they work with so hard with many wonderful musicians. I owe them a lot. Thank you reddit. I was NOT expecting this to blow up but its been a good ride. I'll answer as many more as I can.