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 My name is Jeannette Badenhorst.  I grew up in a home where art was a blessing and a privilege I could hone.

My parents were more than happy to allow me and my older sister to fulfil our dreams.  Thus, she became a film editor and I went to study Drama and Theatre Arts with the purpose of becoming an actress.

Having almost finished my degree, I applied to Stellenbosch University with the goal to learn from Iconic South African acting practitioners and achieve an Honours level.  Moving to the Western Cape will also enable me to grow my networking within the Performing Art Industry. 

Unfortunately, studying in the Western Cape is expensive, especially since my talented father is permanently disabled, due to an aneurysm on the brain and has been for the past 16 years.  My mother had to be the sole bread winner for 5 people, still working two jobs to this day.

I am in need of financial assistance towards my accommodation in Stellenbosch, which total in approximately R7000 a month, which excludes groceries.

I am an empath, in other words, I have a strong sense of empathy for people. There is not one person with a generic story.  Everyone has pain and joy in their lives and it is strengthening. This is why I love acting; I can be anyone.  I can inspire, educate, entertain, heal, comfort and enable people to be critical thinkers.  I believe that all these qualities are not only important to the community, but vital.

As Robin Williams’ character in Dead Poet’s Society, Mr Keating, says: “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute.  We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.  And the human race is filled with passion.  Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life.  But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”

The same goes for all the arts  –  because what is life without creative expression?

I sincerely thank you for positive consideration towards my plea.

Thanking you in advance for your support and generosity.

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