Get Laura to the Royal Academy of Music!

There's one thing keeping the me from professional training in Musical Theatre. The M word.

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Hi, I'm Laura!

From being a sing-in-the-shower-not-in-front-of-a-panel-of-strangers kind of gal, aged 18 I finally bit the bullet and jumped head-first into Musical Theatre.

3 years and countless productions later with experiences spanning the Midlands, London and a cheeky run in Edinburgh with my pals @improvmusical, here I am. 

It wasn't until May this year that I gained the confidence to see if I could:

a)  Get into a top London drama school 

b) By this token enter the world of professional Musical Theatre

After months of preparation and a gruelling audition process, last year I got the best Christmas present I could have hoped for....

I WAS OFFERED ONE OF 15 PLACES FOR GIRLS TO STUDY MA MUSICAL THEATRE AT THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC

MY GOD IT'S EXCITING. 

I fell in love with this place when I visited at an Open Evening, and the course itself is just all kinds of divine. Here's how the Academy describe it: 

'The Musical Theatre course at the Academy, an intensive one-year MA (Master of Arts) programme, trains students for high-level careers in Musical Theatre. It provides a direct link into the profession by combining daily class work and one-to-one tuition with numerous opportunities to perform for industry experts.'

SOUNDS GREAT, RIGHT?

To actually translate into English what i'll be doing full-time for 9 months, day-to-day it will include the following: 

- Project performances

- Agent showcase

- Singing lessons and repertoire coaching

- Dance and movement

- Acting and spoken word

- Integration of acting and singing

- Masterclasses and workshops

- Audition preparation

- Sight-reading and musical awareness

- History of musical theatre 

After a week or so of lots of elated weeping (both at getting in and being able to eat carbs again) it hit me.  

DEFYING GRAVITY HAS A PRICE TAG.  

Small problem - I need £14,620 for the fees, which equates to £86 PER DAY. Good grief.

As it's a Postgraduate course I am keeping all my fingers and toes crossed to get a Government Maintenance loan which would cover the bulk of my living costs, however this still leaves the figure above, which I need to cover the costs of the course itself.

I am working incredibly hard and have a plan in place to save/raise everything I can through any means possible, which unfortunately still leaves a shortfall of at least £6000 to achieve the final amount.

The rather hefty tuition fee for the full course is due in August before I start. Everything I raise here will be going towards this. If I can raise this as a minimum amount, at least I can say yes and start on my long -yellow brick- road (sorry) to becoming a professional actress.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

 I have a variety of rewards to thank everyone who donates, whatever the amount you might give. Check them out at the side of this page.

Support me while I train and who knows, if i make it you could be the one that got me there!  

FIND ME HERE

I'm a real person, I promise! Just in case you're not convinced, you can find out more at the below links.  

 Twitter: @lelizabethbird

 Email: l.e.bird@live.co.uk 


My promise to you: I'll work so damn hard, never give up, and if it all works out and I end up as a professional actress you'll be able to say that you made it possible with your generous support.

 

Thank You

Laura x  

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31 Aug 2016
Lauren Nuttall

Dearest Bird, I'm so happy you're flapping your wings away from advertising and into STARDOM! Here's to swapping spreadsheets for music - you're an absolute dreamboat and I wish you the biggest bundle of luck! Lots of love - McNuttall x

21 Aug 2016
Penny Williams

Everyone deserves to have their dream realised and you're actually going for it. Seriously impressive and I very much look forward to seeing you in the West End :)

20 Aug 2016
Sarah Ritzenthaler

You've always had such talent, Laura, even back in our school days. I have such fond memories of performing together! Good luck pursuing your dream and I hope to see you on a West End stage someday!

20 Aug 2016
Chris Adams

Sorry I couldn't make the gig Laura, looks like a fab night xx

18 Aug 2016
Siobhán Brennan

Best of luck to you Laura!! You are so incredibly talented - your Adelaide remains stuck in my memory as one of the most stunning MTW moments of our time there - consider this an investment in your future, so sad I can't make it to the concert tomorrow, but I can't wait to see you kicking ass on a West End stage! :) - Siobhan xxx

18 Aug 2016
Lauren Alonso

Congrats on getting into the Royal Academy of Music! I know we will see big things from you in the future! :) xx Lauren Alonso

15 Aug 2016
Victoria Greenway

You'll be insane, remember to run your own race ;)

15 Aug 2016
Ejl

I'm trying to work out the most complicated song ever to suggest! :)

8 Aug 2016
Saratharajeswaran

So proud of you Laura! You'll be excellent and I'm so happy to support you reach your dream. Xx

7 Aug 2016
Diy Bird

Couldn't find a gift from Bulgaria so thought you'd appreciate a bit more money. Love Momma Bird xx

28 Jul 2016
Franny Anne Rafferty

Every little, big and inbetween helps! You got this xx

27 Jul 2016
Lisa Crook

Go and conquer the world: “Love what you do and do what you love. Don't listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.” ― Ray Bradbury

1 Jul 2016
Kaytie

So excited for you! I look forward to tracking your rising star...Xx

29 Jun 2016
Kim

SO proud xxxx

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