My name is Evan Walker. I'm 21 years old and from Croydon in South London.
I have always loved performing, specifically acting. Growing up I never considered being an actor an acheivable or attainable goal. I was taught in school that academics were the most important thing and whilst I agree, the arts have always been what interests me most. Even though I was praised and commended for my acting and performing abilities I never considered it a serious career option. When I approached my heads of year in Sixth Form about attending drama school instead of university I was told I was better off getting a degree in Drama and English so I could become a drama teacher, which is great for some people, but it wasn't MY goal. However I was determined to stand my ground. I was told that getting into drama school was "nearly impossible" and to be fair they weren't wrong. Thousands upon thousands of people apply for drama school each year and on average there are only 24 places available, therefore I could understand my teacher's reservations. But guess what...I GOT IN!
This year I have been accepted onto the 3 year Conservatory course at Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York starting September 5th. I had strongly considered taking a break from auditioning this year, however due to certain circumstances I decided to give it one final chance before exploring other routes. I decided to go for my absolute dream. I applied to only one school, one of the best in the country, in a city I have always wanted to live in and I got a place. (I don't know about you, but I call that fate). However attending such a prestigous school and moving country comes with A LOT of expenses.
How your money will help:
I'm attempting to raise £37,000 to cover my tuition for the 3 years. I know this is an extremely large and daunting amount of money, but if I could raise even a fraction of that then it would honestly make the world of difference. Unfortunately Stella Adler do not offer student funding :(
By raising the £37,000 for tuition it would alleviate some of the pressure from my parents, who are doing everything humanly possible to make this dream a reality for me. By me crowd funding and writing to countless people about sponsorship, this means they can focus a little bit more on raising the rest of the money that it's going to cost to send me there. This includes rent, travel, food, insurance, school supplies, personal expenses etc. and will cost almost double the amount I'm trying to raise. Whilst myself and my parents have savings to put towards me moving, we still have an extremely long way to go and not a lot of time!
So please, please, please LIKE, SHARE and DONATE! It would honestly mean everything to me and my future!
What have I been doing with my time?
After leaving Sixth Form in 2014, aged 18, I secured a job as the Assistant Stage Manager (ASM) for a small West End show called 'Dessa Rose' performed at Trafalgar Studios, produced by Arion Productions Ltd. This was my first ever job and I absolutley loved it! I was definitely thrown in at the deep end having never done backstage work before and managing a company of 12. However I was welcomed by an extremely talented, lovely cast who made my experience one of the best to date. Getting to be in a West End theatre, around professional actors 6 days, 8 shows a week was the perfect way to start learning about the industry first hand. The following year Arion asked me back to ASM for their next production 'As Is', which I was thrilled about. I got to work with another, entirely new, fantastic cast of 8 and futher my knowledge of the performing industry.
('AS IS' read through)
Last year I got accepted on to the National Youth Theatre Senior Course. This was a 3 week intensive acting course at the most prestigous youth theatre in the country. I learnt so much throughout the duration of this course and it's what cemented my decision that, at some point, I would want to go to drama school. The extremely long and intense days are the environment I thrive in and I had the time of my life. I was recently cast in an NYT show scheduled to take place this summer, this is a huge achievement for me as it is my first year as an NYT member and was my very first casting audition, however due to me getting in to Stella Adler I am no longer able to participate.
(NYT final show)
Inbetween all of this I do some extras work, corporate acting and work as a Front of House supervisor at the London Palladium. Doing this means I get to stay working in the theatre and performing world and stay connected to what I love. I'm constantly learning and growing from the people around me and I'm so grateful for that.
(Barry, pictured in the middle, insisted on having a photo with the friendly Palladium staff...he was extremely drunk)
(ITV's Jekyll and Hyde. Wish I could say this is the most unflattering costume I've ever had to wear, but I'd be lying)
So, why acting?
I won't lie, I find this question so hard to answer! The feeling I get while performing is almost indescribable; I've never felt so nervous and comfortable at the same time. I want people to feel the way I do when I watch a film or play. I want to evoke the emotions I'm feeling in others so the audience can truly enjoy the moment with me. I wish I could say there is a specific actor or show that made me say "that's the moment I knew I wanted to be an actor, it changed my life!" but I just can't. For me It happened very organically. The more I did it, the more I loved it and knew this is what I want to do with my life.
I remeber, when I was younger, feeling like I never saw anyone who looked like me on mainstream television or in blockbuster films. I found it hard to answer the question "who is your role model when it comes to acting?" even though there are an abundance of actors I admire in terms of their work ethic and talent. I was after that deeper connection of being able to relate to them outside of personality and mannerisms. Therefore I knew from a young age I wanted to be the one who represented people who look like me. I wasn't sure how I was going to do it, but I knew it was a goal of mine. I want mixed race and black people of all shapes and ages to look at me with my big curly hair and be able to relate. Acting allows me to do just that and makes me so unbelievably happy.
(Wilson's School-Sweeney Todd)
Once again please LIKE, SHARE and DONATE whatever you can. Literally every penny counts and I wouldn't be able to thank you enough!
Thank you for taking the time to read this and helping in any way you can, have a lovely day!