Hunter reaching for the Big Apple

Justin Crann
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Courtney Lorn Hunter has a dream and she has worked hard to achieve it, but she needs a little more help from the Moose Jaw community. She spoke with the Times-Herald this week.

Moose Jaw actress just one hurdle away from big dream

Courtney Lorn Hunter could be New York bound — with a little help.

Hunter, 18, is a Moose Jaw woman in her senior year at Peacock Collegiate whose dream is in her grasp: she has been accepted into the New York Film Academy for their three-year bachelor’s degree in acting for film.

But there’s a hitch.

“I have passion, ambition, determination, and talent, but one thing I really need right now is something I don’t have: I need money,” she said.

Hunter has worked hard to make her dream a reality. She lost her father when she was six, and has four siblings, all brothers.

She said her mother has been as supportive as possible, but having five children to raise means she’s stretched pretty thin financially.

Hunter has applied for grants and scholarships. She has saved money.

“Originally, tuition per year was about $31,000. I got $10,000 off from the school per year, and through loans — provincial and federal loans — and a couple of scholarships … the tuition will be paid off,” she explained.

What she needs is help with living expenses. Getting by isn’t cheap, especially in a city like the Big Apple.

Hunter estimates she’ll need $18,000 a year to get by for the three years, and she only needs about $6,000 a year on top of what she has to make a go of it.

“I’m really hoping that Moose Jaw will do this for me, because I do plan to be somewhere, one day,” she said. “I’m down to earth, but this is something I’ve worked hard for and I want.

“I came this far, and I’m going that far, because I plan to be a great actress. I want to walk the red carpet and win an Oscar … and I want to represent Moose Jaw and Saskatchewan and make everyone proud,” added Hunter. “I am going to dedicate my life to this art.”

Hunter is working on a YouTube channel at and can be reached by e-mail at

Organizations: Big Apple, New York Film Academy

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

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