I am Reynald Raissel Santos, a Filipino student currently studying Theatre Arts at the University of the Philippines Diliman.
During the course of last year's semester, my brother sent me a publicity material that the American Musical and Dramatic Academy would hold auditions for international students in their respective countries and one of those countries is the Philippines. He told me that I should try to audition because, "we never know until we take the chance."
September 2, 2018 came swiftly and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy conducted their Auditions in the Philippines. My mother and I traveled to Opera Haus in Makati where the auditions would take place. I can't help but feel nervous but I know my mother was praying for me at all times. I felt at ease to have her beside me.
After months from the Auditions, I received an e-mail saying, "Congratulations on your acceptance into AMDA Los Angeles' BFA Music Theatre Program!" I am still overwhelmed by this and also overwhelmed with the money I need to put in, in order to study there.
Coming from a poor family living in the Philippines, getting financial support from the family income would not be possible. Tuition Fee costs $38,600, Housing costs $9,500, Fees cost $300, with a total of $48,400. Books would cost $1,000, Transport would cost $1,200, cost for personal use, as estimated by AMDA, would be $4,300, with miscellaneous fees that amount to $1,500, for a total of $8,000. The grand total amounts to $56,400. This would be just for my first year of studying there. These fees does not include the amount for my flight and also fees for processing additional documents that is required for me to be fully admitted to AMDA. I chose to be admitted on October of 2019 (Fall 2019 semester) so that I may first accumulate the financial support I need to study in AMDA.
I would like to ask for your help in order for me to study in AMDA for one year. I intend to work as a part-time student to pay for my own tuition for the succeeding years. Any amount of donation will do. Please help me spread the word. There are only a few times when people like me would have a great opportunity to go to another country, with the hope of having a greater future doing what I am passionate about. Help me fly to AMDA to achieve my dreams!
Check my website for more details (https://rosantos5.wixsite.com/reynaldraisselsantos) and please don't hesitate to contact me through email or through facebook. Thank you very much!