One time I worked on a movie set and I was cast as a homeless person — I mean I really looked the part. We were working on location and not the studio so I had to use the bathroom at the Long Beach Convention Center. When I went to use the bathroom I could not believe the reaction from people passing by me. Most people would hang their head down and walk on the farthest side away from me — no one would make eye contact with me. Why are so many of us so quick to judge someone just by the way they look — we should look beyond clothing, skin color, age and gender. All that really matters is the soul.

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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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