7/19/10

Raising Funds

This coming spring, the class of 2011 will be doing an NYC Showcase. We'll be performing scenes for an audience of agents, managers, and the like, and hope to make brilliant connections that will launch us skyward, toward our dreams.

And during the coming school year, we have to raise money to get us there.

I got an e-mail last week from Wifey, already making suggestions about things that we can do as a class to raise money. Late Night performances. Play-readings in people's living rooms. Auctions. Garage sales. Cleaning houses while dressed as the Spice Girls. I don't know which things will come to fruition, but the list is already long, fun, and exciting.

So now, I'm going to take the first step that I can toward helping my class.

For the last two years, I have been happily blogging away about my grad school experience, and introducing you to myself and all of my classmates. Some of you might be local, meaning that you have seen us perform, met us, and supported us (and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love you have shown). And some of you might be far away, and my classmates and I might just be characters in a story that's still being written. In any case, if you've been reading, I think you know just how amazingly talented my classmates are, and how much respect I have for all of them. I want to help them in this fund-raising journey as much as I can. And I hope you do, too.

Here are a few ways that you can help:

1. Do you have any brilliant ideas as to ways that we can help raise our funds? Please let us know! Leave them in the comments on my blog, e-mail them to AngelaActs(at)gmail(dot)com, or tell me in person the next time you see me around. We're happy to have all the suggestions we can get.

2. Are you in Florida and have an idea for something that you'd like to hire someone to do? We're highly-trained performers, and might be able to entertain at a party you're throwing. And after all of our experience with organizing our student lounge, we might be able to help clean out your garage or put tags on items for your yard sale. If you need a helping hand, send us an e-mail. We'd love to help!

3. If you are in the area, please keep an eye out for notices about events that we're planning for the coming year. Any donations given at Late Night performances (which are free to attend, and you are not obligated to donate) go directly to our NYC Showcase fund. Sometimes we also sell cookies in the lobby. :) Bring your friends, and spread the word!

4. Do you have any items lying around the house that you'd like to get rid of? You're welcome to donate them to us. We might be able to put them into an auction or yard sale later this year.

5. Are you out of town, but still want to help? You can donate to our class through PayPal!






I've posted a "Donation Station" on the upper-left hand side of my blog with a Donate button, and I'll keep it up throughout the year. Whether you can spare $50 or 50 cents, we'd be grateful. It adds up, and every little bit helps. (Clich├ęd, but true.)

6. Send prayers, hope, love, and good vibrations. :)


Thank you.

All good things,

~A~

7/15/10

Back in the States

In the last 24 hours, I have been contacted by two prospective MFA students who found this blog and were looking for grad school advice. I always get so excited and flattered by e-mails like that. :)

But then I realized, "Whoops... I haven't written anything on that blog in ages."

So here I am, readers.

*waves*

I am alive. I am back in the USA. And I am unbelievably sad to have left my second home: London.

Perhaps at some point I'll have the energy to tell you all about my amazing adventures. But if I don't, at least now you can rest assured that I had a great experience, and I made it home safely.

I'll be starting my third (and final!) year of graduate school at the end of August. I'm going to be an Associate Company Member for the Rep theatre that my program is connected to, and I'm filled with anticipation.

That great adventure is only weeks away. Get excited.

All good things,

~A~