DEVOTED mum Anita Burns loves her son so much she has re-mortgaged her home in the hope of setting him on the road to stardom.
Talented Baden Burns, 19, has been awarded a place at the prestigious New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA) to study acting.
But the school fees do not come cheap, with Baden having to find £60,000 for two years of study and living costs.
To help fund his dream, Anita, 50, has re-mortgaged the terraced home the pair share in Brandling Street, Roker, for £27,000.
The council worker says she did not have to think twice about making the drastic decision.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“You only live once and I felt like I couldn’t tell him he couldn’t go. I want to help him as much I can.
“It will all be worth it to see him on Broadway or wherever.
“But even if nothing comes of it, at least he had the opportunity.”
Baden too is working hard to raise his fee, busking and arranging fund-raisers.
The former Monkwearmouth School pupil has already enjoyed success appearing in a recent run of Guys and Dolls at the Sunderland Empire, Lucky Numbers at the Customs House, South Shields, and a number of TV appearances including 55 Degrees North.
But it is hoped his place at the New York school will help him to work professionally on screen and stage.
Following auditions for NYCDA, held in London, five people from the country were awarded a place.
Baden said: “The auditions were quite scary, there was a lot of people there.
“I was buzzing when I found out I had a place but really surprised as I didn’t think my audition had gone as well as I hoped.
“I’m planning to move to New York mid August. It will be scary, but you just have to go for it.”
Because Baden is not studying in this country, he has struggled to obtain a student loan and is instead taking out a £10,000 career development loan.
In a bid to boost funds, he has organised a gig with his band Vintage Revolution at the Chesters pub on August 13.
Any businesses or individuals who would like to sponsor Baden can contact him on email@example.com or 514 1120.