Help Me Attend My Dream School!

by Italia Ponticorvo in Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

Help Me Attend My Dream School!


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I am raising money so I can attend one of the top acting schools in the world, where I have been accepted!

by Italia Ponticorvo in Bournemouth, England, United Kingdom

It has always been my dream to move to the United States and study acting, I understand it is such a far stretched dream but maybe my story will show why I believe I deserve this opportunity. 

Recently I have decided that I need to go forward and achieve this, however my family and I’s Financial situation is no where near close enough for this to happen.

At the moment my parents and I work 7 days a week, and I am saving every penny I can, however as I am 21 minimum wage barely covers my rent!! So all my money goes on bills and rent and taxes etc.

I am running/organising events to help with this, I am hosting g a few open mics, karaoke nights, a bond themed evening, busking, pub singing... YOU NAME IT!

Recently held an Open Mic, and a Harry Potter Quiz. Both were successful, and I do plan on doing more, but the cost to run them, is becoming a lot. So I am hoping that money I raise on here will help towards everything.

I will do anything I can to achieve my goals and this is just one way of doing it :)

I was studying musical theatre in London in a school that unfortunately did not help me, teach me or prepare me for what I wanted and needed to do in order to grow. Having 10 minutes a week of private singing (if I was lucky) and no private acting coaching and the whole day centred around dance, it was just not right for me, and unfortunately they did not tell us that being on the actor singer course would mean we would get less singing and acting than the dance course.

After bringing this to the attention of the school, they dismissed it completely. Accused me of lying. Then after mentioning to them that there were mice in our bags within the changing room, and mould growing in the studios, they would tell us it was our responsibility. So I made the decision to leave. 

I will not mention the name of the school, as I believe it is unprofessional of me to do so, and know that some students enjoy their classes and teachers and they will/have achieved things in their lives. The school is full of talent, wonderful pupils who I want to wish all the best to, and I know will go into great things!

My left hamstring was snapped in 3 places by a teacher (not at the school). I have not been able to dance the same way since, been in physio for almost a year with constant strengthening exercises, but it’s a long way away from being fully healed. However the event was an eye opener for me. All my life people told me that I need to do Acting, which I enjoy so much, and always wanted, but believed that by doing musical theatre I would still be able to do everything. So I made the decision to do musical theatre but wasn’t proven wrong about being trained equally in all aspects. So I left the school, as it was becoming clear to me that musical theatre was not for me, and with the injury it just wasn’t the right time at all, and so
I said I’m going to follow through on what I had always wanted.

My my dream is to one day live in Los Angeles and become an actor for TV/Film. It would mean the world if I where able to study out in a wonderful place and do what I truly love, especially if it were in the heart of Hollywood!

I was able to able to get an audition for one the best schools for acting in America/worldwide. The audition was absolutely amazing and I had some wonderful feedback, saying that comedy acting is my calling, and to go home and watch as many American tv shows. (I cannot recommend the Office US enough!!). I have never been told anything like this before, the feedback, was so encouraging and really boosted my confidence.

A few few days later I received news in the middle of the night that I have been accepted! And not just that, they have given me their biggest scholarship of $10,000 a year, however it’s not nearly close enough to the school fees of just over $50,000 a year! The fact that I was accepted and that they gave me this has really proven to me that this is what I need to do, and where I need to be.

The scholarship is on a talent basis. So it must mean that I am good enough for the top school, and that it is my path.

For many years growing up I had the classic story of being told I was not good enough, too fat, too ugly, no talent etc. And I was ready to give up, but my wonderful parents never stopped believing in me, and pushed me in the best ways possible! However they wish they could support me with funding this school, but its just too difficult with our own business and two younger siblings still at school and is almost impossible in this day and age to support yourself and further your future education in the best ways possible.

Getting the acceptance of this school, one of the top in the world, really showed me that this is what I am supposed to do, and I now believe in myself a lot more than I used to. I want to prove my old teachers from schools that would sabotage my marks in drama, the teachers that laughed at me when I said this is my dream, saying I will never make it, to teachers that would sabotage my performances solo/ensemble, to prove I am good enough. Because I know I am, and it took me a while to realise this!

I am asking with all the love in my heart if people can help me out. It’s just everything for me, and I don’t know where I would be if I couldn’t tell stories, create, and have an amazing time! This is my calling and I would do anything for this to become my reality!

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