Sharon Pennington

Good Morning Adrian and CGTV,

It’s been some time since we’ve seen or spoken to you – however, I was reflecting this morning on our life here in Southern Cali and where Jaclyn is in her college life and I couldn’t help but take a moment and let you know that we are thankful for you and for your acting camp.   It is TRULY the reason Jaclyn is attending Concordia University in Irvine – it is the reason our family relocated to California and I wanted you to know how blessed we were and are by the opportunity you gave Jaclyn and the positive influence you were and are on her.

She is growing and learning and preparing each day for that day she gets to step out and step up.  This photo is her Concordia Concert Choir official photo and she’ll be performing in 5 cities in Italy in May with the choir.  She’s been in every theater production (in some form) at the college since arriving last year and is now working in the theater department as a side job.  As a mom – I am so excited and of course, proud, of her accomplishments – but mostly of the fact that she’s held strong to her faith and to who she is as  a person.   I thank you for instilling that positive strength and resolve in your acting students.  Do not grow weary in your task – it is a worthwhile one – even on the long, long days!!

My son has also been influenced and touched as he is now attending a Charter School (Encore School of Performing Arts) as a pianist in the Music Conservatory.  He was also chosen to be a front row audience member for an upcoming show (Win, Lose or Draw) airing in Dec or Jan because “of his look”. If he shows any further interest – I will definitely be contacting you!!!!

I hope this finds you and CGTV well and either in the midst of another class or preparing for the next.   Stay strong my friend and keep your wonderful positive spirit!

Hugs and kisses from all of us!

Tian Brown-Sampson

Hi Adrian!

(the subject was not an exaggeration. Prepare for a full out essay. Enjoy!)

I want to thank you for everything you have given me within my short stay in the US.
Before I came, I was in the lowest point in my life and I had felt completely lost and discouraged within myself. Being a part of the CGTV and meeting you and Brian and working alongside everyone, doing what I love, has given me a better insight into what I want out of life and how I’m going to approach it. Even better yet, I feel like I’ve rediscovered who I am again and I have you and Brian to thank for that. I have never felt so strong, beautiful, empowered and inspired in my life as I have with you both and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Tim, Virgil, Matt and Matthew Mitchell all taught me something without them even knowing and they’ve helped me become a better and stronger person as well. I sincerely value the faith and guidance you all have put into me because it’s allowed me to have more faith in myself.

It is so difficult to try to hold onto that high that I’ve had while in LA back in London and it has been so easy to sink back into that low place and feel constantly defeated. But I haven’t forgotten a word you have said to me and no matter how long it takes or how much of a struggle it is, I will continue to pick myself back up. The only thing I can regret in life is not trying or not working hard enough and letting someone else take an opportunity from me or even worse, letting myself let an opportunity pass me by. I understand more than ever that it’s the effort and work you put in that determines how far you go.

I had an audition for a community company with the Old Vic theatre last week (which I didn’t get into- but the audition was a lot of fun and another new experience to learn from!) and at the end of this month I have the biggest audition of my life so far for the National Youth Theatre. If you haven’t heard of NYT, it’s a prestigious acting school for young actors and Daniel Day Lewis, Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig and tons of other successful actors have attended there – and I really hope I can join them. I’m also writing my second draft for my play and looking at young writer competitions and youth groups at theatres. All alongside my A Levels.

I am starting taking better care of myself, my education and my future because I know what I want and I am more than willing to work for it. So thank you so much, because without my experience with you all in LA I wouldn’t have such clarity and motivation to progress head first into the next stage of my life.

I wish you all the best for the future and I hope to see and hear from you again soon!