The Freshest NewYork Journey

About this Project:

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Hey, my name is CJ (Charles Jnr) Dentu-Nkrumah and I’m a young, up-and-coming Actor from Sydney. I was born in Israel, brought up in Ghana and later on made my way down under to Sydney, Australia.

Over the past two years I've discovered my passion for acting. I've realised that I not only love the art form, but also excel in it. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to hone this skill that has brought happiness and focus into my life. To me, these values are most important.

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Now I've been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to take my training to the next level overseas, and to make this dream of mine a reality I'll need your help!

Your pledge will directly help support my 2-year conservatory acting program at Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City, running from 26 January 2015 until December 2016.

Specifically, I am seeking your support and generosity to assist with the cost of tuition, accommodation and living expenses. Unfortunately my student visa does not allow me to work legally in New York, which makes it extremely difficult to finance all foreseen aspects of this educational experience on my own.

Trust me, getting involved with this campaign is something you will not regret. I will make sure that you are with me every step of the way – through all the ups and downs on the way to success and development as an artist. I urge you to jump on this ride with me because it’s going to be one of the most exciting adventures that you’ve ever experienced!

New York is known worldwide for being the city of great opportunity. However, it's also one of the most expensive places in the world to live. ($3.75, which approximately $4.62  AUD for a cup of coffee? It adds up!) I’ve been pouring every spare hour into mutiple jobs, both day and night, in an effort to finance this program and overcome the obstacles that stand before me.

It's been a struggle to save money for this trip under my current circumstances, which include helping my parents pay our mortgage, attending uni full-time to earn my bachelor's in commerce arts, and of course working around that schedule. I've determined that $10,000 will bolster the savings I already have an enable me to complete the 2-year conservatory program of acting and follow my dream.

Please help in any way you can. I’m eternally grateful for your generosity.

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The total cost of the entire course and experience is approximately $50,000–$60,000 including living expenses. Here’s a brief breakdown:   

Tuition Fees: $10,590 per year x 2 years = $21,180 

Accommodation:  $900 per month X 24 months = $21,600

Living Expenses: $6,000 per year  x 2 = $12,000 (Very low budget – no Equinox health club membership, no dinners at Alta, just hard work and good company) 

Grand Total: $21,800 + 21,600 + 12,000 = $54,780

A condition of my student visa prohibits me from working in the US. This is as much a financial burden as a hindrance in my ability to fully absorb the New York City culture as so many young people my age aspire to do.

I've managed save for the initial costs of my flights, insurance, and the first three weeks of accommodation. However, I need your assistance with tuition fees, accommodation & living expenses. I know once I have the support from you to assist for my first year, by the grace of God, I will find a way to power through the second. 

Total Amount to fundraise: [$10,000]—Any excess of this amount will go straight towards my tuition and accomodation.

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So with every form of donation, you will receive a special type of reward  to thank you for your contribtuion. with every single donation you will get the oppotunity to see my monthly Video blogs of how I'm processing.

–$10-$49: || T h e S t a r t e r K i t ||
 Social media shout outs, Facetime, Skype calls, video messages to you from different iconic loactions.  

–$50 or more|| S t a y  F r e s h  T- S h i r t  P a c k a g e ||
You will get the 'CJ StayFresh T-Shirt'. It will come in the colours Grey and White AsColour Staple Tees in all unisex size: XS, S,M,L XL.  Plus all the previous rewards as well

–$100 or more : || T h e T e e - L i t e P a c k a g e ||
You will receive the fresh custom made CJ StayFresh T-Shirt', in your personal size. You'll also receive a hand written postcard directly from New York, personally thanking you for your contribution. Plus the previous rewards as well.

–$250 or more : || F u l l  M e a l  P a c k a g e ||
You will also receive a digital copy of all my Short Films made in New York. Plus a FRESH CJ t-shirt, a postcard,
a personalised bracelet and the CJ monthly video-blog update.

–$500 or more: || T h e  D e n z e l  P a c k a g e ||
You will receive your very own CJ Tour of NYC & a Stella Adler Tour. One Day FREE day accommodation 
in New York @ the house, when you arrive to New York City. Plus a mystery surprise gift hand picked and delivered straight to you.  With the additional CJ T-shirt, postcard, personalised bracelet and the CJ monthly video-blog update.  

–$1000 or more: || T h e E x c l u s i v e || 
                                     || M o r g a n F r e e m a n P a c k a g e || 
In my first Academy Award (Oscar) or any other awards I will give you SPECIAL mention, alongside my mother in my Speech. Plus ALL of the previous rewards and MORE! 

One of the most exciting things about donating is that you get to experience where I’m at, what I’m doing and how I’m doing it. I will be providing you with a monthly vlog of the crazy exciting events that I’ve experienced or am currently experiencing so that you don't miss a step of my journey. This is a an extra personal ‘CJ reward’ that I will provide on top of every other reward!

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Risks and challenges

As you can imagine, funding this adventure is only the beginning of my journey to come. In moving to a different country, I'll be forced to adapt quickly to a new environment and set of circumstances. From the polar vortex to Shake Shack, this experience will truly place be out of my element and introduce me to a culture I've only observed through magazines and television screens.

I will be away from the comfort of my family and friends who love and support me unconditionally. Having said that, I do believe that I will be able to adjust to and embrace life in New York. The lifestyle and the culture will be an exciting breath of fresh air to accompany all that I’ll be learning in my studies. Please give generously so that I can make the most of this life changing opportunity.


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