Delilah Says Homelessness Is Better Than Working in a Beverly Hills Hair Salon.


– [Interviewer] Delilah. We’re here in Los Angeles. You’re homeless. – I am. – [Interviewer] Tell me about it. – It’s not that bad. (Delilah laughs) – [Interviewer] It’s homeless. – Could be doing a lot worse things. – [Interviewer] Yeah. – I honestly worked in
Beverly Hills at a hair salon for a year while I was out
here before I was homeless, and I enjoyed doing this a lot better than I enjoyed doing that. – [Interviewer] You enjoy homelessness more than cutting hair? – It’s all the angry mean rich ladies. (Delilah laughs) – [Interviewer] Oh my gosh. – And this way, I get some freedom. I’m my own boss. I can make my own hours, take a day off if I can when I want to, and I’m enjoying the fresh air. It gives me a chance to
travel if and when I want to. I’m not attached to a mortgage or a family or any business payments right now, so I’m enjoying my freedom
while I’m young enough and healthy enough to have it. – [Interviewer] Well,
it’s a nomadic lifestyle, is that what you’re saying? – I enjoy having, living minimalistic. I have what I need on my back. I’ve got my sleeping bag and some water, food, spare change of clothes,
and normally I’d have a tent. Working on saving up for
one of those again though. – [Interviewer] Now, you’ve been out here three years, you say. – I have not… I’ve been in LA for three years. I’ve not been homeless for as long. It’s been about six months now, I think. I started out coming to LA three years ago for cosmetology school. I was living on a boat in Marina del Rey while I was doing that for
10 months, and after that, I lived in an apt with my
sister, right off La Brea out here in Hollywood
for about five months while I was working on getting a job, and once I got a job, I moved down to South
Central and got a roommate. And then my roommate
blamed me for some stuff that I didn’t do, and I hated my job, so it was between them
firing me and me quitting. They fired me a week before
I was gonna quit anyways, so it was kind of good
timing on that, I guess. But the roommate thing wasn’t a good idea, ’cause she threw out all my things when I was gone for three days. I had my phone stolen and
the keys to our apt stolen, so I had no way of getting
back into the apartment or contacting her at all. So that kind of sucked, but I’m making the best of what I’ve got. – [Interviewer] So what was
your first day homeless? – Not too bad. I had been on and off for a few months staying with my boyfriend. He’s been homeless for
many, many years now. So I’d spend weekends
with him in his tent, and so it wasn’t too
big of a change for me. And when I was living with my sister, I was pretty much living
out of a backpack anyways, sleeping on the couch,
so it wasn’t too much of a transition for me, to be honest. – [Interviewer] Where’d
you sleep last night? – Last night I slept near the 10 freeway. And, you know, there’s all
the plants on the side, and then there’s a plateau. So slept over there. It’s near the LA Board of Supervisors and the big cathedral over there, not too far from that place. – [Interviewer] Now,
what’s your future like? – Like I said, I want
to travel for a while, and, I mean, eventually if
I wanna change my lifestyle, I can and I will, but right now, I’m content doing what I am. If anything, I’ll do odd jobs for a while and just see where the road takes me. – [Interviewer] If you had three
wishes, what would they be? – Oh, man, that’s an interesting one. I’m not sure, to be honest, on that one. Right now, I just… I don’t know. I don’t have anything that I’d really wish for at the moment. Like I said, I have what I
want, what I need on my back, and I’m enjoying not
needing any more than that. – [Interviewer] Well, thank you very much for talking with me. (steady electronic music)

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