Drew Goodall wanted to be an actor since forever. He managed to get small roles in movies like Snatch and About a boy in his twenties after studying acting, meeting actors like Brad Pitt and Hugh Grant.
However, he was devastated by a harsh criticism of his acting and changed his life. He began running out of money and he didn’t want to say anything to his parents. He didn’t want to go back to his family house because that would mean his defeat. Unfortunately, he was kicked out of the house by his landlord, so during the 1990s Drew was homeless for six months.
He fought for his survival every day, begging for food. He has been beaten more than once by drunk people or other homeless people. He used to sleep outside the London Academy of Performing Arts in cardboard boxes. He was also suffering from homelessness and depression in the worst state of his life.
Nevertheless, when he began polishing shoes to make at least a little money, his life changed again. He had to be careful not to be caught by the police. After polishing shoes on the road for six months, one of his regular customers told him he could do the same job at his office.
He decided to do’ something crazy’ once Drew made more money. He set up his own company, “Sunshine Shoeshine,” He even works with major companies from across London today, whose executives consider it essential to have their shoes polished. Drew earns more than 250,000 a year and provides charity with the most of this money. The other thing that makes him proud is that he never forgot what he had to go through before he became a businessman. That’s why Sunshine Shoeshine’s workers are mostly homeless people and people with special needs.
He has already employed 40 homeless people, allowing them to decide which charity they will donate part of their earnings to. One of these people is Alan Walton, 45, who had been unemployed for 15 years while also suffering from health problems. Drew, as he says, gave him hope and confidence as he now has a meaning in life and a future.
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