Hello beautiful people,
Please may I have you attention for just two minutes?
I'm Ella, 24 year old actor, dancer and movement director from Teesside and I have been offered a place on the Foundation in Acting at RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts)!!!
However the course fees are £13,250, before living costs, and there is no funding available.
So, I've come to offer my photography, my services and my time in return for any donations that will help get me to RADA! (See 'Rewards').
If I do not raise enough funds to go, I will be giving a refund.
Here's my story:
I have been working hard (12 hour days in recruitment kind of hard) to save money for Drama School, pursuing acting, dance, singing exams, directing and preparing intensely for auditions and industry showcases in my free time (yes, it's been bloody exhausting, but worth it).
For the past 6 years I've worked hard, trained hard, sacrificed a lot, and as a result, have got into the National Youth Theatre this year and have been offered a place on the Foundation in Acting at RADA which, as one of the best Drama Schools in the world, is something I never could have imagined.
Alumni includes Alan Rickman, Anthony Hopkins, Joan Collins, Rodger Moore, Tom Hiddleston, Harold Pinter and Sean Bean. Over 6000 people audition and only 28 are selected.
The foundation at RADA would give me some of the best training in the world, and prepare me fully for auditions in the industry or onto an MA in Acting, while also giving me the opportunity to expand my network in the industry, collaborating with the up and coming writers, directors, producers and actors of this generation. This would a be a huge step for my career as an actor.
I am, however, still over £15,000 short of the amount I need to be able to attend.
I'd really appreciate anything at all you can donate. I've worked so hard to get here and it would be such a shame to reject the offer purely because of money.
There is a huge issue in the arts right now around privilege and higher opportunities due to social circles and financial backing.
"The actress Maxine Peake (Bolton-raised, resides in Salford, went through Rada in the 1990s) told me recently that she could not afford to train for the stage now. And the actor David Morrissey told the Radio Times: “We’re creating an intern culture – it’s happening in journalism and politics as well – and we have to be very careful because the fight is not going to be there for people from more disadvantaged backgrounds.” - Stuart Maconie: The privileged are taking over the arts
I wrote about this in my dissertation and continue to educate myself around the subject in the hope that I can contribute to closing the class gap in the industry moving forward and throughout my career. Here is an interesting read by The Guardian around the subject -
However I do want to give back! Please see 'Rewards' for my offers, and scroll down for further information on what each reward means.
I will share as many updates as possible; invite you all to my West End shows when I make it; and will aim to help other struggling actors trying to pay for Drama School. I hope I have gained your faith in my future success and that you join my on my journey.
Lots of love and thank you for reading.
Ella Faye x
P.S. Please scroll past these photos for more detailed info on the Rewards offered (see 'Rewards') and a collection of my photographs you can choose from.
2nd AD for Age of Reason
Photographs - I am a film photographer in my spare time, and have a number of photos I will get professionally printed ready to frame. For rewards that say *framed* photograph(s), let me know your preference in colour. Scroll down for photos!!
Workshops - I have been working as an assistant director and movement director and part-time drama teacher for the past 4 years, hosting many workshops with actors of all ages. Similarly I have been asked to work with and train people in public speaking. I use acting methods and techniques to combat stage fright, build confidence and improve skills in performing and public speaking.
One to Ones - Having spent years of my life auditioning, training, acting, public speaking and teaching (English and Drama) I have a lot to offer in one to ones, depending on what you are looking to gain. This can be used for yourself or as a gift to someone you think would benefit from the sessions. To my contacts in China, I can offer virtual English Lessons in the topic of your choosing along with homework which I will mark, and a summary document of everything we have covered.
Volunteer work - I will volunteer for two or more full days at a charity of your choice, under your name. Alternatively if you are needing help on a project I can offer my skills as Assistant Director, 2nd AD, Stage Manager, movement director, continuity or runner on your project, whether it be theatre, film, radio or anything else.
Here are some of my photographs you can claim as a reward:
'Roofs of Venice'
Yosemite, California, USA
'Fields of Yellow'
North Yorkshire, England
'St Mark's Clocktower'
New York, USA
Greenwich Village, New York, USA
'People Have the Power'
Extinction Rebellion, London (Climate change protests)
'Summer of Love'
San Francisco, California
'Deserts of Arizona'
San Francisco, California
'Venice at Sunset'
'Buildings of Venice'
'Carnival Di Venezia'
'Lady in Roses'
Brooklyn, New York
'Cross Eyed Moose'
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
'The Big Sur Post Boxes'