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My name is Sideeq Heard, and I am currently a sophomore at Howard University, where I major in Theatre Arts with a concentration in acting. At the young age of twelve, I discovered that there was a huge passion to entertain the world that lived within me. Acting is more than a career choice; it is an outlet to allow me to make effect changes in this world. People use entertainment as a form of escapism, which allows them to live vicariously in another reality. By being able to create a realm of peace for those who face boredom or loneliness, fear or avoidance, and even the natural struggle of life is my goal. A world full of happy people is something that art can create. Mogul Pharrel Williams had no idea of the effect that his song "Happy" would have on the world. He used his talent to create work from his heart that captured everyone's spirit nation wide, and that is the effect I want my art to have.
Furthermore, in the future I plan to accomplish three goals consecutively; win an Academy Award, own entertainment company, and become a United States Senator. Within each of the following accomplishments, the reasoning revolves around the need to change society in a positive manor that will impact the civilization beyond the boarders of any state. First, successfully acquiring an Oscar will allow me to become a member of an organization that is larger than any actor's individual accomplishments. Being a member of the Academy will give me the chance to be a voice for the voiceless like Viola Davis, Monique, and Denzel Washington who are currently members of the Academy. Often times it is a unfair contest because of racial prejudice against actors of color, but with my vote I can combat the discriminatory nature of my peers, and influence them to be more considerate of African American contestants. Second, I will own my own entertainment company that will cover television, theater, and film. With a grasp in each field, I will be able to depict a more sophisticated view of African American life in the entertainment world. By being involved in these three forms of entertainment I will be able to change how black people see themselves in the media, which will start the remolding process of how the young men and women behave in our communities. Third, I will win a seat in the Senate. Being involved in the political world will allow me to impact the world peacefully, and to be the voice of equality for minorities, businesses, and laws. Also, my political capital will be derived from the image I create as an actor just as Ronald Regan and Arnold Schwinger did. With all the great aspirations in mind, the groundwork for these plans begins with me attending the British Academy of Dramatic Arts (BADA). Chadwick Boseman, Orlando Bloom, and Jack Davenport, have all made successful careers as actors after attending the academy. BADA gave them the necessary training to allow them the opportunity to thrive in this field. The program is a month long intensive where I would have the opportunity to work with some of the top professionals in the world. My daily schedule would consist of acting, voice, and movement classes beginning at nine in the morning until six at night, and I would have the opportunity to attend workshops with some of the industries top actors and actresses. Ultimately, this trip has the ability to give me the tools to push forward in my career and not only establish myself in the industry, but allow me to begin changing the world. However, there are additional fee's that I must pay before the journey can begin. With your help I see a bright future ahead.