Friends, Romans, countrymen! And whoever else might be
reading this! Lend me your... wallets!?
You know that feeling of being so happy that you just
let out hysterical laughter? That was me when I got an
acceptance letter to study at Atlantic Acting School in New York
City for 2.5 years. The school with its own Off-Broadway theatre,
home to Atlantic Thetre Company who originally produced Spring
Awakening and this year won 10 Tony Awards?! I could not believe my
good fortune. Another thing I couldn't believe was the pricetag to
pursue this dream. So I need your help!
My initial BOOSTED goal is $2,000. This would
help pay for my student visa into the United States and also go
towards the cost of travel insurance. Realistically, the remaining
amount I need to find is about $25,000.
This includes 2.5 years of fees and course
costs, accommodation and general living expenses. That's a lot
to ask for, but I'm hoping to at least achieve my goal of $2,000
and if I can exceed that goal, I would be incredibly grateful.
The US government doesn't allow any international student on a
visa to undertake paid employment while studying. This means I must
support myself financially for the duration of the course. Atlantic
has awarded me a small scholarship based on the strength of my
application for which I am very thankful. This goes towards course
fees but as mentioned, there is still a large amount left to pay
WHO AM I?
You might be wondering- I'm a 25 year old actor, singer, dancer
and musician from a country town (Ohaupo) outside of Hamilton, New
Zealand. I have been involved in the arts for a long time,
developed greatly through my involvement with Hamilton Operatic
Society with appearances in Mamma Mia, Evita, Hairspray and Phantom
of the Opera. I have also performed with Musikmakers, The
Performance Guild and was a member of Long Cloud Youth Theatre in
Wellington in 2012. Performing runs through my veins and I couldn't
imagine life without it. I have dreamed of being an actor for a
very long time and after studying briefly in New York in 2016, I
couldn't be more thrilled to be offered to go back full time. It's
a place that ignites my soul with passion and energy and is one of
the most creatively inspiring cities I have lived in (albeit, the
Since coming back from New York, I have been working on
expanding my portfolio as an actor. This has taken me off the stage
and in front of the camera. The transition between stage and screen
has been an interesting learning experience and one I have enjoyed.
My experience in various television productions such as Westside,
Shortland Street, Filthy Rich, Ash Vs. Evil Dead and Power Ranger
have helped broaden my knowledge of on screen acting. I am
currently playing the lead in a New Zealand feature film which we
are due to wrap just before I head off.
I love the diversity which acting offers me. I don't want to
limit myself to one category, I want to be a versatile actor who
can audition for anything from Shakespeare to a musical! I also
want to create my own work and tell the stories that are not yet
told. The stories that appear specific to a time, place, and
people, yet are the stories of all of our lives.
WHAT AM I DOING TO HELP MYSELF?
I have been working extremely hard to save for my education in
New York. Alongside my full time job for a reputable corporation,
I'm also a fitness instructor at Les Mills and work casually in
hospitality during free evenings and weekends. In other words, I'm
short on sleep. But I'm heading to the city that never sleeps and I
couldn't be more motivated by this. To develop my craft in New York
City has only ever been a dream until now and it's finally within
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
BOOSTED is an all-or-nothing campaign. If I don't reach my goal
in 30 days, all donations are returned to the
donors. All donations to Boosted by NZ donors are
33% tax deductible.
If you cannot give financially, you can help immensely by
sharing this among your network. People will only donate if they
know about the campaign. Please help by spreading the
Thank you for taking the time to visit me here at Boosted and
read/watch my story. Please continue to join me on this journey by
following along with the updates on this page, and also on social
media pages coming soon. As a country boy, moving to a big (read:
enormous) city to pursue your dreams is a pretty massive life
change. But I cannot wait. Thank you again, I am truly grateful for
your support as I step off the ledge into the unknown and follow my
10 MONTHS AGO
TARGET HAS BEEN REACHED!
I am overwhelmed. It has been a while since I last posted an update due to my crazy schedule of working and filming but I cannot say how grateful I am to those of you who helped get me here!
This means I get to use the $2,000 towards my costs for New York. I have already used some of this towards a student visa, which I have just found out has been APPROVED. What a process it has been to get this. Lots of standing in queues, filling in forms and waiting.
As the cost of my education is far greater than my target, any further donations above my goal will also be gratefully received and definitely used for some stretch goals, such as accommodation in New York City! (Yikes!)
Only a few days left!
10 MONTHS AGO
With 17 days remaining on my Boosted campaign, I have already raised 87% of my target. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the support from all my friends, family and the community. THANK YOU to all the generous folk out there that have donated, shared and connected with my story. There is no limit to the amount of funds I can raise, however if I do not reach the target, all amounts are returned to the donors.
The countdown is now on for me as I am heading to New York in a month's time on a one way flight. As exciting as this is, there is a lot going on in my world at the moment!
I have just been filming in Auckland for the weekend, continuing a project that has been in production for 11 months. I am excited to finish this feature film and see the work on the silver screen. Here you'll find me on set for the feature film.
Alongside balancing filming with my full time job and 2 part time jobs, I am organising my move to New York. Packing up my life into a couple of suitcases might take longer than expected!
I'll update again soon, but thank you once again!
10 MONTHS AGO
After only 5 days, we have passed the halfway mark! I couldn't be more thankful to those that have donated to my project and shared it among friends, family and further networks. THANK YOU!! It truly means so much to have so much support out there in the community.
Here's to the next 50%! 24 days to go!
Keep sharing and spreading the word!
Thank you again!