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Apr 16, 2015
Undergraduate / SVA Statement of Intent - Getting out of the Shadows [4]

Hi, I'm writing a letter of intent to try and get into SVA. I just want to get feedback on where it is now and if you could help me with an ending. :]

Prompt:

In 500 words or less, discuss your reasons for pursuing undergraduate study in the visual arts. Feel free to include any information about yourself, your goals and interests that may not be immediately apparent from the review of your transcripts or portfolio.

Langston Hughes once said "An artist must be free to choose what he does certainly, but he must never be afraid to do what he might choose." From my perspective, being an artist is one of the scariest jobs out there. It is filled with uncertainties, doubts, and hesitation. But that's why it is so special, art can be used to tear down barriers, unite people and express emotions that are felt deep down inside.

As a child, I always had a one sided rivalry with my cousin, but no matter what, he would always be better than me. One day, he showed my mom a drawing of Trunks from Dragon Ball Z. In my mind that was the last straw and I decided that I would dedicate myself to art. Then, my eyes were opened to the beauty of art. Even though I was neophyte, I began creating new worlds that I wanted to go to, and I was able to share that message with others.

But somewhere along the line, my passion for art died. I became a shell, just walking along a blind path with no color, from class to class, day after day. It was bad, so bad that one day I woke up a junior in high school with a 1.9 GPA, and a one way ticket to live with my father. I've never been more thankful for that. While living with my father I met a woman named Mrs. Akers, and she single-handedly brought my love of art back to life. She believed that I could make something beautiful and inspired me to pursue a career in art. Since then I've spent every waking moment practicing my craft and studying to become better than I am now, trying to make a name for myself and not live in anyones shadow anymore.

Near the end of the school year she mentioned I should apply to schools under the NASAD flag, and I spent days staring at all the different schools. But none of them quite grabbed me like SVA. I picked SVA first and foremost because of it's location. From Jack Kirby to Jean-Michael Basquiat, New York City has always inspired artists. I aim to intake some of that inspiration and grow from it. Furthermore, SVA also has a program dedicated towards animation. I've always felt that animation was never given the proper credit it deserved, and I've always wanted to spread the worlds that I made as a child. I feel as if SVA would be a perfect fit for me and help me grow as an artist.
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