Hello everybody! I would like to start off by saying thank you soo much for taking the time out of your day to read my bio. You don't have to read all of it if you don't want to,which is why I split them into parts. The most important part of this all is just that my friend and I really want to get to Canada as soon as possible and your help would be greatly appreciated . I plan to give back to this community someday. I promise!
What The Money Will Go To:
Clothes: For the winter.
Food: To eat but it's optional. We could just eat out...in the wilderness.
A place to stay: Hopefully, an apartment.
Cell phone: To contact friends, family, and jobs when we get out there because our current phone service provider does not get any service in Canada.
Name/Location: My name's Quinton and my friend's name is Thomas. We currently live in Las Vegas, Nevada with his family. Im from Louisiana though. I met Thomas through XboxLive 1 day and we've been friends ever since for 6 years now. You might hear others call us Q and Jazz though but to be alittle professional during this bio,im using our full names.
Why Canada?: I've always wanted to go to Canada since I was little but I guess as time went on, my reasons for going grew stronger along with my will power. The reason I choose Alberta is ,I have some friends in Alberta and I made a promise 4 years ago that I swear, no matter what, i'll keep. It may not seem like it but this is really soo very important to us.
The Situation Leading Up To Now: I finally got a chance to move to Las Vegas , January 30th of 2013. It's my very first time being away from my family and I am very unexperienced in life. After Hurricane Katrina, ALOT of things changed and never went back to normal. I was going to save up to go to Canada a few years ago but ended up contributing most of my money on helping my family and I stay afloat . After my willpower grew strong enough,I REALLY got serious about going to Canada. So since Thomas and I had the same goal,I decided to move to Vegas alone in hopes that I'd have a better chance at getting to Canada. Alberta is Literally, just about, a straight line up from Las Vegas. It looks soo close on Google Maps that I could almost feel it. When I arrived in Vegas, we had hoped to get together and call some companies in Canada in hopes of being hired and sponsored . Naive ,yes but I just felt as if something would work out.The people who said they were hiring Americans (too) all just followed up with "but you have to have a work Visa" and we tried to obtain a work Visa but we were told that "In order to get a work visa,you have to have a job lined up for you".It was seeming hopeless . We must have called over 100 people. The run-around cycle seemed endless. I even got a job at Mcdonalds in hopes of being able to transfer but most of the McDonalds in Canada that I called said for me to "Walk my resume in" which really confused me. Now,Im to the point to where I no longer care what happens to me ,as long as I get out there, nothing else matters. A promise is a promise. So,I planned to take 1 of my paychecks and just fly out there with nothing but the hopes that lady-luck would be on my side.
(Adding On To The Situation) Updated August 16th 2013I work at McDonalds. When I was younger,my goal was to NEVER have to work at McDonalds because of how I thought they were all the same but when I got hired at my current McDonalds 2650 West Sahara Ave. LasVegas, I realized just how wrong I was about it. I grew to really like working with my co-workers while at that job and the managers were REALLY great managers ! I felt really lucky to have that job . It wasn't about the money to me,it was more about the experience and being able to transfer to 1 in Canada. Which is why I never left it even when we moved in with my friend's dad. When I first arrived to Las Vegas,we were staying with my friend's sister but then we moved to his dad's house in hopes that he would better understand what our plans were. But now,I think it was a mistake. When I moved there,he wanted me to transfer to the McDonalds closer to the house but I didn't really want to. 1 of my co-workers was even asking me not to leave ,hahaha (love that girl). I tried explaining to the people I live with that I liked the team im with now but my friend's dad just replied with "That doesn't mean anything,Q...You're gonna like the people you work with anywhere you go." to which I replied "That isn't true!"My first job was a nightmare . I hated it and was miserable . The co-workers were all about money,sex and weed. Im not 1 to judge but I wasn't into all of that stuff but still,I respect them and when I really got to know them a bit,they seemed cool. The higherup managers took advantage over me alot and talked to me like I was nothing. (Especially the boss). I just felt really,reeally miserable at that job and wanted to escape like never before. I had that job for a year. But anyway,lately,my boss had to cut alot of people's hours because of Labor (Im not sure what that means exactly). He said when he gets rid of 1 person,they turn around and hire 2 more (he was joking but I think it's the truth). He said they're pushing too much on him . I completely understand. I figure that as long as I have enough money to pay my part of the rent,it's not a big deal to me but to my friend's parents,it seems to be a huge deal. They want me to leave my job and find another 1 because they're angry at the fact that that I only got 2 days of work this week. So yesterday,Anna (my friends step-mom) came home and said that I have 2 weeks to find another job or Im getting kicked out. I want to stand up for my self here but I have to really think about what's more important,Canada or...speaking up for my self... I wanted to tell them that it doesn't make sense to look for another job if we're going to be leaving next month but my friend said that he wants to keep it a secret from them because of how they'd mostlikely react. There are alot of secrets due to this whole Canada plan but hopefully soon,it'll all be over. For now,all I can do is let everyone think im crazy .
I Had A Dream: Usually ,Im the type of person who doesn't care what happens to me and would willingly accept death if it came. I figure that if anything did happen,it was supposed to. But a few weeks ago,I had a dream that I actually DID die and it felt soo realistic and sad. I had an endless amount of fear and depression while floating above my body and watching people stand over me screaming and crying. I couldn't believe how real it felt! Right then and there,I realized that I was truly dead and remembered that I had never gotten to keep that promise and the hard reality that hurt the most was knowing that I would never get the chance to again...ever.Something in me believes (but doesn't want to) when you're dead,you're dead. I started wondering how I died. I didn't know what killed me,I just knew I was dead. But then ,I remembered all the things I said about not caring about death and thought of it as a punishment. I knew right then and there that I was wrong and that I did care. I tried to get back into my body but it didn't work. I was terrified and scared . I was SO not ready to die.After a short amount of time,I woke up and was soo happy! I realized that I have to HURRY and get to Canada! Even if I end up homeless or in trouble when I get there,I am determined and will set out to do what I say I will and I accept any troubles that may come my way. This goal is that much worth it to me and the people behind the promise is that much important to me.
Why Is Thomas Going?:When I met my first Canadian friend years ago and admitted to Thomas that I'd wanted to go to Canada,he thought I was crazy. He kept trying to convince me to stay in the United States and tried explaining that everything Canada has,we have too. But although I didn't want to go as bad as I do now, my mind was still fixated on going,which really seemed to annoy him. But something funny happened alittle later after that. Through our Canadian friend's friend,Thomas met his Girlfriend which was 1 of his first. And they're still dating (till this day). Alot can happen in 4-5 years and most people would find it hard to do long distance relationships,but the 2 of them really prove that it can work out. There's no power stronger than love and if you love and want some one enough,you can make any miracle happen. I told Thomas that even if I don't get to go with him, he has to go. I really want to see things work out between the 2 of them and it would make all the pain ,trouble and sacrifice we're going through seem worth it.
He Said It Felt Like "Magic": Believe it or not, Thomas actually did go to Canada to visit his girlfriend around 2 years ago for 2 weeks. I was supposed to go with him but,as I said before,I really had to help out with the bills. It honestly made me happy and really sad that he went without me . When he got back he told me all about it. How extremely cold it was,how there was snow everywhere, how the people there were and lastly,how magical it felt to finally be there and see the girl he had been waiting soo long to see. For him to use the word "Magical", was huge to me. It really inspired me to get there even more and at that time,I was still living in Louisiana.
Alittle More About Me: I'm a (hopefully) soon-to-be pianist. I have a deep love and passion for music and gaming (Favorite Game - Guitar Hero). Ever since my dad put that keyboard in my hands at the age of 4,i've never found anything I enjoyed more than making music. The down side of it is that I can only play by ear . I think that limits me alot. I wanted to go to college so that I could learn how to read music and lean ALOT more about music but I decided I wouldn't until after Canada because it doesn't make sense to start college knowing that im going to be in an other country soon. 1 of my other dreams is to study in Japan and play in an Orchestra 1 day. Want to form my own band,play on stage for some people,really connect with people. Those are my sub-dreams but for now only 1 thing really matters to me. I also make music via a Music producing software called FL Studio that my dad (Also a song writer, and producer) taught me how to use at the age of 13. When I get to Canada,im hoping to go into Extra business . Where you stand around as an Extra in movies. From there I'd like to take singing lessons and Model. I was going to be a model for a company called Cool Blue in las vegas but we decided not to since... we plan on moving to Canada and when we asked if they had any branches out in Canada,they said no. I honestly do think I can become a good actor 1 day though. Either way,unless I die,I'm going to become something I set out to be and show that all of this is possible for people who want it bad enough and actually believe in their dreams. I have soo many people around me who say (You can't) such as my friend's parents but I am determined to prove them wrong.
What Led Me To This Option: When I told my dad via facebook that I was just going to go to Canada and take my chances because finding a job from here first was not working,he started getting really angry at my choices . He said he refuses to help me because he felt that if he did help me get there and something happened because I was ill-prepared,he would never be able to forgive him self . So later,he told me about crowdfunding . He said that believe it or not,people get together to help make other people's dreams come true and later told me about a lady that got funded $10,000 for breast implants. That example is what gave me hope. If she could get funded for breast implants ,then maybe,just maybe,we could get funded for moving to Canada. I didn't realize at first but it's not that my parents don't want me to go,it's just that they want me to be prepared and I guess they're just worried about me. My dad always says,"you would never understand unless you have a child" I wonder...
What We Plan To Do If We Get Funded: If we DO get funded,im gonna friggin cry ! Before we go to Canada though,Thomas suggested that we fly back to my home first because of these messages like the one I got on my birthday,august 4th, from my mom via facebook .
"Happy Birthday Q...I Love you...I miss you...If you come home I'll buy you the biggest Power Ranger or Aniacs cake I can find...lol"
I never realized just how much I loved my parents until I had to spend this much time away from them... But anyway,(if) we do fly there first,the next stop will definitely be Canada. Thomas says that with the clothes and gear we have now,we are soo not prepared for the weather in Canada. He kept explaining how he had on 2 coats ,fully dressed and still felt as if he had on nothing at all.
I personally can't WAIT to be cold because the Vegas heat is horrible! When we get there,we will look for an apartment while staying at an Hotel if need be. We will also apply for hotels in hopes that they might let us live where we work (Im not really sure if that's even possible though) . If we can find a job out there and get approved for a work Visa (or even a student Visa) everything will be great!
As long as I can be there for the people I care about,I'll be happy.
I am begging you guys,from the bottom of my heart to help us out !
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