Tameka Goes To Film School Fund

$1,541 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 22 months

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!


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Hello everyone!

As the quest to raise funding for my tuition to the New York Film Academy continues, I am working steadily on my next writing projects (another novella and a informational guidebook for fiction writers) and promoting my current projects.

I thought you'd also want to know about an upcoming book reading/signing that I'm participating in. I will be appearing with several other authors as well as the brainchild of the adoption anthology, Welcome Home on Thursday, October 5th at Word Bookstore in Jersey City. SAVE THE DATE!

If you'd like to learn more about the event, click this link: http://bit.ly/2s1eLZA.

I would love if some of you could make it. Please also share this campaign and donate if you haven't already. As an emerging author and budding screenwriter, I truly appreciate your support.

Thank you!
Have a wonderful weekend!

All my best,
My first book signing/reading event!
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Hello all!

I can't believe it's almost four months to the start of the next one-year screenwriting program and I hope I'm able to attend in September.

As I still promote the campaign, I'm marketing my novella, running my digital marketing business and writing two new books.

I truly appreciate everyone who has donated so far and no matter how the campaign turns out, I will be attending New York Film Academy! I am not giving up!

God gave me the passion and talent for writing for a reason and I have to fulfill my destiny.

Please donate or share the campaign if you can and I hope you all have a wonderful summer. Be blessed!

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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!

Your girl is working hard out here!
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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!


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!

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$1,541 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 22 months
Created December 21, 2016
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Michelle Ellison
17 months ago

Pursue your dreams and passion. You only live once!

20 months ago (Offline Donation)
Antoine Coffer
20 months ago

We are looking forward to your movie!

21 months ago
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Ashley Warner
21 months ago

Go Tameka!

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