By Ian Dipple Friday 16 August 2013 Updated: 16/08 14:00
A TEENAGER fears her dream of attending drama school could be devastated because she is unable to afford the fees.
Florence Kinder has been offered the chance to study at Oxford School of Drama, following months of auditions. She is just one of 18 to be given the opportunity but needs to raise £7,000 to pay the tuition fees as well as living costs during the six month course.
The 19-year-old has spent the last year working to try and scrape together the total and but is still around £2,000 short.
And with the course due to start next month, the Cofton Hackett resident fears her dream of becoming an actress will disappear.
“Unfortunately, while my dedication, commitment and passion for a career in acting is total, my personal financial circumstances are limited and there is no government support available,” she said.
“I believe education should be accessible to all regardless of background, but sadly for me that is not the case and if I am not able to raise the money for my tuition fees, I will lose my place.”
Florence has already sent dozens of letters to various organisations appealing for funding but without success and is now appealing to Standard readers to help her realise her ambition.
“I have worked so hard to get to the stage where I would be offered a place at drama school and to have to turn down this incredible opportunity because my family and I are unable to afford it would be devastating to me,” she added.
“The opportunities I have been granted have cemented in me that acting is my purpose in life - it is the one thing that excites, inspires and motivates me.
“When I walk out on stage, I can’t describe the feeling, it is the place I feel I truly belong, and that is when I know acting is what I was born to do.
“When I received my offer, the school said that I had an exceptional talent, and that I had the potential to become something very special.
“I have been offered an extraordinary opportunity to explore this talent but without financial support, it will only ever remain ordinary, my potential will never be unlocked, my passion never be shared with others.”
Anyone who can help should visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-me-get-to-drama-school/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org to offer sponsorship or donate.
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