NEW YORK — While attending the International Model and Talent Association Convention back in July, local actress Sara Bakay thought she was competing to be accepted for a spot in the New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts.
Instead, she walked away with a $10,000 scholarship.
“I was completely shocked when they gave me the scholarship,” Bakay said Tuesday, “because I thought that I was only auditioning to get in to the school!”
The scholarship was simply the pinnacle of the trip for the 25-year-old actress from Martin. She also came away from the convention with an armload of awards, including first place for team dance, first runner-up for cold read, third runner-up for actress of the year, and honorable mention for on-camera host, screen test, singing, sitcom and theatrical headshot.
Now, Bakay says, the future is looking better than ever.
“I got a lot of great exposure, and talked with a lot of agents and managers,” Bakay said. “I’m doing webisodes for a New York number-one bestseller soon, and I have a few other projects in the works. You haven’t seen the last of me!”
Among those projects in the works are her performances as lead singer for local band We Ain’t Them, as well as finishing her novel, “Come Hope or Highwater.”
Bakay traveled to New York with Images Model and Talent Agency, of Lexington. She is the daughter of Debbie and Claude Allen and Tim Bakay.