Brika's Dream! Italy/Cinecitta

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Raised by 37 people in 33 months
Brika Brack  PORTSMOUTH, NH
After the multiple coaxings of friends, I am doing this because though it is hard for me to ask for help - pride and fear of failure should not get in the way of your dreams.

Who am I?  Erika J. Wilson a.k.a Brika Brack: Fearless film & stage actress, writer, producer, Seacoast Film Society founder, purveyor of positivity, teacher, debater, bacon connoisseur, chihuahua lover, friend.

SHORT VERSION - Please help me fund my trip to Italy so I can work at Cinecitta Studios and fulfill a lifelong dream. Your money will go towards airfare, various travel expenses and pet care while I am away. This is an unexpected opportunity of a lifetime and I would be so grateful for any and all support you can offer me. The more I can raise, the more I can experience and the less stress I will have while doing it. It means the world to me to have this second chance at a life I thought had passed me by. This is my passion. Thank you! xo ~ BB

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LONG VERSION
We all have a story - here is mine....

Since I was a child I have loved entertaining: theater, film, music, dancing, singing - you name it. Somewhere along the line of my life I lost my self confidence and instead of going to UNH for drama, I went for an English degree. I still had dreams of acting but they were sidelined by an over a decade long abusive relationship that further made sure I had no self esteem. I shelved my dreams and thought them impossible.
I miraculously found myself free of that situation in 2010 at the age of 32 and fought long and hard to become who I am today. After multiple levels of counseling, the Portsmouth art community, the support of friends who believed in me when I did not believe in myself and intensive, determined selfhelp - I am now a woman I am proud of and my life is completely different. It was an intense, heart-wrenching journey that no one would ever ask for but one that made me who I am today.
Just as I was thinking I finally knew who I was, where I might be going and what life was about - I  got a message. It was from a friend who had recommended me to the Executive Producer of EFC Cinecitta Studios in Rome, Italy to help him improve his English. Cinecitta Studios is the hub of Italian Cinema, the largest studio in Europe - spreading out over 100 acres and home of many well known international films. Of course I was interested!!  :-)

So here is why I am asking for your help... I have been offered the opportunity of a life time. The chance to travel to Rome, work at Cinecitta and use my earned degree as well as pursue my interest in acting/film - in front of and behind the camera. I will be able to explore the studios, work on sets, perhaps get acting gigs and make incredible connections within the industry. I have a chance to do and be all the things I at one point NEVER believed I could. I have a second chance at a life I thought I missed.
Because of this opportunity, I have upturned my life which I thought was finally settled. This has made me see things differently and I have chosen to leave my current job, leave my current home and sell/donate most of my belongings. Why? Because I want this more than anything and I will do anything to achieve my dreams. I ask for your financial aid if you are willing and able because I cannot do this on my own at this time. It means the world to me and I promise to share my experiences with you all. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  ~ BB
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Update 7
Posted by Erika Wilson
32 months ago
If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. ~ Henry David Thoreau
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Update 6
Posted by Erika Wilson
32 months ago
Be brave enough to live creatively. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can only get there by hard work, by risking and by not quite knowing what you are doing. What you will discover will be wonderful: Yourself. ~Alan Alda
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Update 5
Posted by Erika Wilson
33 months ago
“Security is not the meaning of my life. Great opportunities are worth the risk.”
~ Shirley Hufstedler
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Update 4
Posted by Erika Wilson
33 months ago
33.48% to my goal! Feeling good! It's becoming more and more real that my dream may come true. I thank you! So much gratitude. xoxo
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Jessica Johnson
33 months ago

Erika I am so proud of who you are. When I met you, you were great. A joy to be around and always striving to make people smile. I knew though something wasn't right. I wasn't sure what knew something was bad. I toocwas in a similar relationship and it's hard to walk away, but you did!!! I am so proud if you and the amazing woman you have become. I wish I could help but I too am reaching for my dreams. Home ownership!! I can't help financially but it will be hoping and praying for you and your dreams to be met. With good spirit and high hopes I congratulate you in reaching for the stars you so honestly deserve. Go get em brika!!!

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$2,195 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 37 people in 33 months
Created March 08, 2014
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David Early
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“Facing your fears robs them of their power” ~ Mark Burnett

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32 months ago
Jessica Johnson
33 months ago

Erika I am so proud of who you are. When I met you, you were great. A joy to be around and always striving to make people smile. I knew though something wasn't right. I wasn't sure what knew something was bad. I toocwas in a similar relationship and it's hard to walk away, but you did!!! I am so proud if you and the amazing woman you have become. I wish I could help but I too am reaching for my dreams. Home ownership!! I can't help financially but it will be hoping and praying for you and your dreams to be met. With good spirit and high hopes I congratulate you in reaching for the stars you so honestly deserve. Go get em brika!!!

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