Hi lovely souls of the world!
I am Marshall from Singapore. I am an actor, a pole dancer and a figure skater. It has been my dream to represent the coloured, voiceless, underprivileged and underrepresented LGBTQ community on TV and stage. I also have a dream to move to the USA to live and work as an Asian male actor. The reason for this is because I want to live & thrive in a country that doesn’t criminalize me for my sexual orientation. Being an openly feminine and gay asian actor, I know that this will be really tough, but I am willing to do all I can to make that a reality, despite the odds.
As such, I am working towards my dream & I was recently offered a scholarship to do a Bachelors of Arts in Musical Theatre at Sharjah Performing Arts Academy in Sharjah, UAE this coming September (2020). I am blessed to have received the scholarship for tuition, but coming from a single mother family of a low income background, I have to self fund my stay there, which I am unable to do so alone. Therefore, I would like to seek your kindness and generosity in helping to help me achieve my dream of becoming an amazing actor. Having calculated the costs of living, rent and visas in Sharjah, it has come up to more than USD59000 for the 4 years of my studies there.
Here is the breakdown per month:
Rent & Utility = USD560
Cost of living (Food, transport, phone bill, costumes, books, etc) = USD600
Visa + health insurance (4 years) = USD3400
I will be looking for jobs to take on while I am in school, it is subject to my school's approval and I am limited in my working hours. Thus, I am appealing for your help. I have added all my savings in, under "funds raised offline".
This amount is huge and I know that I cannot do this alone, but with your help, and the help of my beloved LGBTQ community around the world, I will be able to make this dream of mine a reality. I know that there are many causes out there to support, and many underprivileged people that could benefit from any form of financial aid.
Hence, I would like to make a promise to pay this forward. I will offer to volunteer to teach LGBTQ children dance/musical theatre, and help to ignite the love for theatre/performing arts from an early age. This will also boost their confidence and self esteem which is very important for them to step into the society. It will also help to normalise LGBTQ in the mainstream society and TV/Stage if more of them become performing artists and fighters of change, spreading more acceptance and love. I used to teach dance to HIV positive orphans in Vietnam, as well as teach down syndrome children figure skating and yoga as a volunteer.
Any excess donations from this crowdfunding drive will be donated to a LGBTQ charity, or an animal shelter after my studies (another thing I’m very passionate about is animals).
Thank you so much for your time and generosity! <3
Lots of Love,