Tameka Goes To Film School Fund

$1,436 of $12k goal

Raised by 17 people in 4 months
Tameka Mullins  BROOKLYN, NY

When I decided to go to college one of my main dilemmas was whether to major in journalism or film. I always thought I wanted to be an actress, but writing had a stronger hold on me. So after earning a journalism scholarship to Wayne State University, I immersed myself in the world of words and the art of broadcast journalism. Then New York City beckoned and I answered that call. After completing my education at Fordham University I was afforded the opportunity to work at WCBS Radio, several public relations firms, The Girl Scouts of the USA, Scholastic and many other amazing companies in between.

Then the recession hit. Workers all over had a hard time getting jobs and especially people who worked at nonprofits and public relations firms (ME) so I had to reinvent myself and use my skills to make my way in another business sector. I now have my own social media marketing business, but as any entrepreneur knows, being the boss can be challenging when you’re the only one charged with bringing in new business. As soon as you get great projects, you can lose them due to budget cuts and the realignment of your client’s goals.

That brings me here. My love for film has never died. I no longer envision myself on the big screen (much), but I know I want to write screenplays and quite possibly for television. I already write books but I know that having as many skillsets in your pocket can only work in your favor so I applied to the New York Film Academy. I was accepted! Great, right? Well, it is, but… The tuition is something that I don’t have lying around and the program starts on Jan 23, 2017! Running a fledgling business, paying New York rent and funding my own book publishing efforts hasn’t exactly left me flush. I need help in order to accept this wonderful opportunity of a year long screenwriting program.

I have never been great at asking for help, but I am getting better with it as life goes on and this is something I am very passionate about so I thought I would put myself out there. Also, several friends suggested it and said they would support me because they believe in my talent. I couldn’t let them down, now could I?   

If you would help to invest in my education so I can gain the skills I need to create great scripts, I would be super appreciative. We need more diverse writers in Hollywood writer’s rooms! Help me get there, please!

Sincerely,
Tameka

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Update 6
Posted by Tameka Mullins
21 days ago
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Good Wednesday morning everyone!

So here is where we are with six months to go before the start of the next one-year term of the screenwriting program I was accepted into at the New York Film Academy. As you remember, I wasn't able to begin in January, so I'm working hard to raise funds so I can attend in September.

There is some good news though. I am close to being 12% funded! Thanks again to all who've donated so far. At this point I have enough to put a deposit down to hold my place in the program because it's filling up quickly.

I am also researching scholarships and other funding opportunities. This week I'm gathering information to apply for the Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust For Education interest-free loans program. Of course I learned that the materials are due on this coming Monday so I'm scrambling to get everything mailed out in time!

Additionally, I recently submitted a short story for consideration to The Masters Review Volume VI, an online and print publication for new and emerging writers. They are selecting 10 winners who will receive $500 (I'd use my winnings to fund this campaign) and have their work published. Please send good vibes! Winners will be notified in May. I will keep you posted.

On a professional note, a short story I wrote last year is being featured in WELCOME HOME, an adoption anthology that is being published in September. It's available for pre-order on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2p0lFZK.

I am also running a Goodreads Giveaway for my novella, 12 Hours of Daylight. If you'd like to enter, click here: http://bit.ly/2nLxaHh.

Whew! That's a lot, right?

Well, I want to let you know that I'm doing everything I can to make the dream of actually being a student at NYFA a reality. Having your help and support goes a long way and I need and appreciate it. If you've given already, thanks again. Please share this campaign with others who support emerging writers and would like to see more diverse stories on the big and small screen because that is my goal.

If you haven't donated yet, please consider it, as I will value your generosity. You'd be backing a winner!

Have a fabulous week!

Kindly,
Tameka
Your girl is working hard out here!
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Update 5
Posted by Tameka Mullins
2 months ago
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Hello everyone! I just wanted to give a quick update on the campaign. I am 11% funded! Thanks so much to everyone who has donated and shared information about the fundraiser.

I can't believe we're in the middle of February already! That gives me seven more months to raise money so I can attend NY Film Academy!

I am thinking of other ideas and searching for as many grants and scholarships as I can as well. If you happen to know of any, please drop me a line!

Also, I recently was hired to provide social media marketing services for a filmmaker whose film SHINE will highlight salsa dancing, family relationships and gentrification in NYC neighborhoods. I am very excited to be working on this project. It gives me hope that I am well on my way to creating my own screenplays and films. Your donations are not in vain. I am a working artist!

Thanks again and please share with anyone who you think may want to help an emerging screenwriter!

PS:

Here is a recent Q&A about my self-publishing journey for my novella in Self-Publishing Review that serves as a receipt of sorts that I am out here making things happen. I truly appreciate all of the support and will continue to work hard! http://bit.ly/2lT2DUB

Have a beautiful day!

Tameka
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Update 4
Posted by Tameka Mullins
3 months ago
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Hello everyone!

The original screenwriting program I was accepted to starts next Monday so I initially was feeling down, but, I shook those emotions off because I have nine months to save up the tuition I need to start in September.

I believe I can do it, but I know I can't do it alone. A few years ago I probably would have tried to because I have never been comfortable asking for help. Not anymore.

I am an artist who has invested in the creative community most of my life and now I need help. I am proud to be able to call on my fellow community for assistance!

So to those who have given already, I extend another thank you. I TRULY appreciate you. If you think anyone else would like to help an emerging writer achieve one of her biggest goals, please feel free to forward this campaign to them.

In closing, I thought you all would get a kick out of this. Below is a short exchange I was having on Facebook and even in a comical moment, someone was touched by my writing. If this isn't the universe telling me not to give up on working toward attending this screenwriting program, I don't know what is.

Read and enjoy.

Bless you all and have a wonderful week ahead!

Tameka
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Update 3
Posted by Tameka Mullins
3 months ago
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Hello all!

I have recently updated my campaign to reflect the amount of financial aid and grants I have received.

This gets me much closer to my goal, but I still have a long way to go. I will be researching additional grant and aid opportunities and will also use the funds from the sale of my new novella, 12 Hours of Daylight to further my fundraising efforts.

I will keep you posted as I reach certain benchmarks.

Again, I'd like to thank everyone who has donated already. It's truly appreciated.

Cheers!
Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Tameka
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$1,436 of $12k goal

Raised by 17 people in 4 months
Created December 21, 2016
KC
$50
Karen Coleman
1 month ago
$50
Anonymous
1 month ago (Offline Donation)
AC
$250
Antoine Coffer
2 months ago

We are looking forward to your movie!

$200
Anonymous
2 months ago
$50
Anonymous
3 months ago (Offline Donation)
$25
Ashley Warner
3 months ago

Go Tameka!

FW
$50
Frank Washington
3 months ago
$30
Pam Osbey
3 months ago

Good luck sis.

LF
$200
Lolita Files
3 months ago

Wishing you greatness!

$20
Mika Dawn
4 months ago
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