Have you ever had a dream that you wanted since you were a kid?
Ever felt like it would never come true because it's such a long shot and you can't afford it?
Have you ever buried that dream because of countless failures and rejections?
"Maybe it's not for me." "Maybe I'm just not talented enough"
Hi, my name's Anna and THAT is my story...
I DREAMED A DREAM
I'm a dreamer just like you.
Growing up, all I ever wanted was to be a performer on Broadway. (Lea Salonga fan right here!)
Every once in a while I would take workshops and audition for local musicals but would always get a heartbreaking "NO". You see, hundreds of "NO's" throughout the years can be very frustrating. It makes you re-think if you're pursuing the right path.
"Maybe it's just not for me." "Maybe I'm not talented enough for this" Those were the thoughts of defeat that got stuck in my head hearing all these rejections...
And so after one more rejection that my beaten self esteem cannot take, I abandoned the dream. I got so tired and hopeless about it that I eventually even FORGOT I wanted it! For a number of years I couldn't remember what it feels like to chase something that you really want.
I kept doing what I'd been doing for years, teaching people how to sing, performing for events, gigs (& even just in my own room). It was all good. I had fun. I stayed in my comfort zone for quite some time. It worked and it provided for my needs. But I knew something was missing. So I prayed to God for direction...
IN MY DREAMS
One day, I woke up remembering an actual dream from my sleep the night before - I WENT TO NEW YORK CITY!! That was weird because I rarely remember my dreams when I wake up.
Little did I know, God was already answering my prayer for direction. The next few days, weeks and months were actually like a flood of reminders of this dream I had buried. It had resurrected with vengeance and came with an urgent call written all over it, "PURSUE ME, NOW!!". As if it was an emergency. As if time was running out. As if nothing else was more important...
Moana's song, echoed loudly in my soul. "And the call isn't out there at all, it's inside me..." I realized that all these years, God's direction has always been just in front of me, waiting for me to follow it. He has already placed a dream in my heart and He was just waiting for me to grow up, pick up my mat and go after it with all that I've got!
And so I followed this call. I didn't know how. I just knew it was urgent and that I have to do something right away. It felt like I was jumping from the highest point of Kawasan Falls in Cebu - scary and exciting at the same time.
After much searching and praying about it, I applied in 2 performing arts schools in New York. AND??? I PASSED in the American Musical and Dramatic Academy!!!
I got in the Conservatory Integrated Program for the Spring 2020 semester (which starts in February). It's a 2-year intensive training for Musical Theater and it's at the Upper West Side, Manhattan. This is just a few blocks from Broadway, NY which means that my teachers are gonna be working professionals on Broadway. I'll be getting insider scoops! And of course, I'LL BE WALKING ON THE STREETS OF BROADWAY EVERYDAY!! AAAAAAAAAHHHH!! I'm gonna have a chance to see and maybe even meet some of my Musical Theater heroes. ;') I'm fan girling just thinking about it right now. Lol!
But some dreams do cost a fortune. With the very high exchange rate of Philippine Peso to US Dollar and my currently low finances, I cannot afford it on my own. I have lots of fund raising efforts (see links below) but I still need your help. That's why I'm appealing to the generosity and the kindness of your heart. If there's a kid and a dreamer in you at all, I'm praying that he/she sees this and say, "I'll help you". This campaign is a way for you to support and help in fulfilling the dream of one ordinary kid.
I've learned that giving is also an opportunity for you to receive more. It's a declaration of abundance. There's more from which blessings come from. I've proven time and again that God can never be outdone in giving. When you give, it always comes back to you, pressed down, shaken together and running over! Any amount you can manage to give will be a big help. If not, spreading the word, liking & sharing this campaign on social media and referring me to people, organizations or offices which you know could assist in one way or another would be a great amount of support. Oh and prayers too, please! I'd really appreciate that.
The estimated expenses for a year of study is $60,332. But AMDA gave me a total of $10,000 worth of International Grant and Scholarship for each year. So that's already down to $50,332. For 2 years that would be $100,664. In Philippine currency that is P5,335,192. That's right, 5M!! Small thing. LOL!
But yes, it's small compared to how big God is! I know nothing is impossible with Him. He has given me this dream and I know He will provide for it. Whether I make it to this deadline or not, I have faith and I trust that He is in control and He makes things happen in His own perfect time. :)
As of this moment, my fund raising efforts range from promoting my services as a Voice Teacher & Singer, selling different kinds of stuff on Facebook Marketplace, Music Lovers' Merchandise, and even Houses...and more Houses and Condos from Ayala Land! If you know of anyone who wants to invest in real estate and anyone who's looking to buy a house or condo, I'd be willing to help them.
From the bottom of my heart and from the kid in me, thank you for reading this story and thank you so much in advance for donating (minimum amount Php1.00)!
May God fill your life with abundance. :)
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- BPI - Anna Kathryn M. Dela Cruz, 3099-1929-91
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