My name is Alex and I run a project called Looking for Heroes. I stop people on the streets, take their portrait and ask what their story is. I also make short movies about some of the heroes. I stopped to speak with Race C Calmer as I was intrigued by his board. As a homeless person he wasn’t asking for money, he was asking for a job and he was using Twitter to get one.


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No one knows the power of positivity better than someone who has been through depression. After 20 years of being unemployed due to problems with his eyesight, Ian started getting depressed.

“It’s like not being able to go forward or back. You’re stuck. Like being stuck in the mud. You can’t move and when you try to move it’s nothing. It’s like being in a tunnel with no vision.”

He decided to move from Portsmouth and find the light at the end of the tunnel. He has changed his name to Race C Calmer as he has learnt how to mediate, control all of his emotions and to be more happy inside. He encourages people to smile by writing messages on cardboard and believes he will find a job in which he can keep making people happy.

More info: Race C Calmer’s Twitter | alexlookingforheroes.com | Instagram | Facebook

As a homeless person Race doesn’t ask for money, he asks for a job and uses Twitter to get one

He encourages people to smile by writing messages on cardboard

He believes he will find a job in which he can keep making people happy

His talents are connecting with people, an undeniable sense of humor and the ability to see the light even in the darkest time

The board was even signed by Hozier

“Ideal job? Anything that connects me with people because I can connect with people and make them happy all the time”

Race has a great sense of humour – here he’s posing for the picture like a model

“The flower doesn’t get noticed until it blooms. I am waiting to blossom and I think that today is going to be a blossoming day”