Daren actually lives at the Casa di Colori. He works part-time as a babysitter to help pay for board at the Hostel and also will sell artwork occasionally, but most of his time is focused on his schoolwork. He's majoring in Fine Art at Britechester.
He was a runaway, from a rather absusive situation, and doesn't talk about where he came from much. He spent some time on the streets before he was adopted by Kassander Giovanni while he was still in high school. Kassander helped put him into university, and he knows he can go home, if things get too rough, but Daren is doing his best to stand on his own two feet.
He seems to attract strange friends, this probably comes from having learned to just... not ask too many questions. He's been toying around with costume design focused around figure skating and dancing but it's kind of a hard niche to get into.