Help me go to famous Performing Arts School
£2,170 raised
18% of £11.8k goal
57 contributors
4 Years running
Did you know it is twice as hard to get into a UK Performing Arts School than Oxbridge? I have gained a place at the world famous Italia Conti Academy, but I am not entitled to a student loan. Should money stand in the way of fulfilling true potential?

Please help me become an outstanding British performer

Hi, my name is Emma, I’m 19 years old and I greatly need your help. But before I explain why, I firstly want to tell you a story...

                          Once Upon A Time...

When my great grandfather was a young man he was invited to a presentation about a brand new invention. He went to London and was asked if he'd like to invest some money in this unknown product. He thought it was interesting but unfortunately couldn't really see the potential and so he didn't invest. The presentation was given by a man named John Logie Baird and the new invention was the television. 

I have just been offered an amazing opportunity to attend one of the world’s most prestigious performing arts schools in London that boasts a huge number of famous graduates, including Leona Lewis, Naomi Campbell, Pixie Lott, Noel Coward, Lisa Snowdon, Russell Brand, Wendy Richard, Clare Sweeney, Newton Faulkner, Sharon Osbourne, Leslie Phillips, Kelly Brook,Tracey Ullman, Leslie Ash and many more.

                             Take a Chance

I feel a connection to the story about my great grandfather because it highlights my most valued belief – “Take a chance.” Unfortunately, he didn’t. I however, did – I took the chance to go for something that seemed utterly unattainable to a young Devon girl with only a passion to dance, sing and perform.  I worked hard and went to London for a demanding audition at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Imagine how I felt when, a few weeks later, I opened a letter saying...

...I got in! Out of several thousand applications, I was one of the successful few to gain one of only 50 places. Wow!

Now I am asking you to take a chance on me. With your help, I'd like to believe I will be able to achieve my true potential and goal of becoming a respected British performer.

           “If you never try, you’ll never know”

The saying “If you never try, you’ll never know” holds a lot of meaning for me. I tell this to myself all the time. I remember murmuring the words under my breath as I posted the application form to Italia Conti. I also remember walking up the steps on the day of my audition and playing the phrase over and over again in my head. I’m beginning to believe it might be my good luck charm because everytime I’ve used it, good things have come my way. Or maybe the words themselves have just given me the strength to pursue new things – things that I would never have even dreamed of.

A chance, combined with talent, passion and some luck, should be all that is needed, right?

Unfortunately not. The tuition fees are staggering for a 19 year old to raise and this, dear potential sponsor, is where I desperately need a little help from you. At £5330 per term, I'm aiming to raise £16,000 to cover three terms (my first year).  After that, who knows - I'm hoping some big sponsors will have started to support me by then, or I may get a second year scholarship, or be lucky enough to win the lottery!

You have the power to really make a difference! I know, in this fast moving and cynical world, statements like that don't always sink in and are easily overlooked... but...if it was you, or your son or daughter or a friend asking for help, you'd probably be happy to donate £5 or £10. The difference comes when a stranger asks and you don't have any emotional connection; I'm sure you are thinking right now why on earth should I give any of my hard earned money away? I know, because I would feel the same.

I'll tell you why though, and it goes back to that phrase 'making a difference'. If you were to come along with me on this journey, then you would begin to feel an attachment to me, and me to you. I'd keep you updated every step of the way. Then, after a while, you'll feel that you're not supporting a stranger anymore and will feel that you really are making a difference to a real person that you actually know. How great and satisfying it would be to be part of the journey and seeing how it all progresses and ends up...who knows, one day you might be able to say 'I knew her and helped her out when she was just starting out'.

                             A bit about me...

My first standing ovation is a moment that I'll never forget. Filled with an overwhelming sense of pride and achievement, I was struck with a burning desire to become the best performer I could be. Throughout my life, I have lived by the mantra "aim high and achieve the best". My goal, therefore, is to strive for success by learning in an environment that will inspire, motivate and excite me.

My dedication to being a successful performer has been long-standing throughout my life; I have taken part in many productions as both an actress and a dancer. Alongside this, I have channelled my creativity and expressed myself through music and songwriting since the age of 15. Despite achieving academic success in my A-Levels with an A* in both Drama and Media and an A in English, I decided to choose the music route rather than university, to follow my passion for performing. I have busked in the busy streets of Exeter and played many gigs at local venues, festivals and weddings in front of large crowds, building a loyal fan base. When I was 17, I got 'spotted' by a music manager who helped develop me as a credible artist. I currently play in and around Exeter as an acoustic singer-songwriter but would now like to use and develop all of my performing skills.

Here are some links related to my music...

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Rejection and disappointment is inevitable, as I have experienced, but failure is not an option for me and I am more determined than ever to achieve my ambition to be an outstanding performer and have a successful, fulfilling career in the industry. As a passionate and focused individual, I strongly feel that I am ready for advanced specialist training and would thrive in a first class establishment like Italia Conti.

                           The next chapter

Here I am on the threshold of starting an amazing new chapter but still very uncertain whether it will happen, all because of the high fees. Performing arts schools do not attract normal student loans and I will not qualify for any government grant (i.e. Dance and Drama Award). My parents and I have raised enough to get me started through the first term, but after that it is going to be touch and go. It is a race against time as I don’t want to start in September and have to leave at Christmas!

                               Thank You

I’d also like to draw your attention to the list of perks on the right. I have put a lot of thought into ensuring there’s a really good list of interesting and worthwhile perks for all donation ranges. After all, I’m asking you for a lot of money and you deserve to have a good choice of thank you presents.


P.S. Your help will genuinely be appreciated and IS needed. I hope the above has inspired you to feel like you want to donate to my campaign and I look forward to personally thanking every single one of you.

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Personal thank you note
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Signed Photo with thank you note
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I will send you a signed photograph with a personal thank you message.
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Lavender filled vintage fabric heart
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Each individually hand crafted using a floral fabric. Decorated with button detail and ribbon.
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Pretty fabric tote bag
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A beautifully hand crafted tote bag, fully lined with long handles.

Lavender, green and beige fabric with complimentary reverse giving you two looks for the price of one.

Measures 16" high x 14" wide
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Signed CD
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5 track EP of original songs
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iPad/ iPad Mini Fabric Case
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Handcrafted fabric sleeves for your iPad or iPad Mini. Made from a selection of spotted and floral fabrics.
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I will sing to you live on Skype
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I will learn a song of your choice and play it to you or a loved one live on Skype along with a quick chat.
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I will record any cover version of your choice
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I will learn and record any cover version of your choice and send it on CD, with a custom personal thank you message.
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Photoshoot with talented photographer Rachel
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A brilliant opportunity to be photographed by the amazing Rachel Sherlock Photography. Many of the photos you may have seen of me online were taken by Rachel. Her work is stunning and I thoroughly recommend her to anyone wanting professional photos for their portfolio or any occasion.
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Limited Edition Signed Will Young Print
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This is a limited edition signed print of Will Young purchased during his 2004 concert tour. It has been professionally framed (cost £80 alone) in a beautiful subdued metallic frame and signed by Will in silver ink. It is numbered 210 out of 500 only released.
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An original triptych painting
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An original piece of triptych art painted by a talented local Devon artist.

It comprises of three separate canvases measuring 50cm x 20cm. This would make a lovely present for someone and would look great on any wall in your home
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£1000+ for Business sponsorship
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If you are a business and would like to sponsor me for a year then I can offer you such benefits as in-store music events, company logos on all social media and literature, product promotion (e.g. modelling clothes), tickets to future events, ongoing progress updates, etc. Please get in touch to discuss in more detail.
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Luxury 5* B&B with Rolls Royce
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"Beautiful room, bed almost too comfy to get out of but for the lure of a magnificent breakfast! And the most amazingly warm, welcoming and generous hostess".

Welcome to The Old Post Office Guest House in South Marston, Wiltshire, where elegant comfort and state-of-the-art modern conveniences combine with a sense of history to offer you a truly relaxing and hospitable home away from home.

Not only the perfect place to stay for business in and around Swindon, South Marston is the ideal West Country touring base, with the Cotswolds to the north, historic Bath and Bristol to the west, the beautiful Marlborough Downs to the south and Berkshire or Oxfordshire to the east. Whichever way you travel out of the town, you will very shortly arrive at a site of special historic interest, or just a location for a great day out.
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Unique artistic fabric headboard - one of a kind
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This totally unique and beautiful fabric headboard comprises of 3 individual padded panels that have been covered in a piece of original triptych art by a local East Devon artist. It is a bespoke item, literally one of a kind, that has been lovingly built to a high standard using premium fabric and materials.

The height is 34" and width is 50" and as such would be perfect for a small Double bed (4' 0") but would also be ideal for a standard Double bed (4' 6") as pictured in display photos .

Because of the weight, it must be fitted to the wall. Heavy duty concealed sliding wall brackets are included and will allow easy removal for decorating purposes.
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I will play at your event (wedding, home, etc)
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I will play guitar and sing for up to 2 hours at an event of your choice. This might be a wedding or simply a house concert in your own home where you can invite all your friends for an evening with a difference! I will supply full PA sound system (within 100 miles of Exeter)
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