By Chloe Rothschild, Editor in Training
I would like you all to meet my friend, and fellow Young Leader of the Autistic Global Initiative (AGI), Dani Bowman. Dani is a talented young woman with autism who founded her own animation studio in Los Angeles. Thank you, Dani, for allowing me to interview you for this issue of the eBulletin. And now, here’s Dani!
Q: Where are you going to school?
A: I'm right now at Glendale Community College on a transfer program to Woodbury University.
Q: What are you studying in school?
A: I'm going for two majors, one in animation and one in business, because I need to learn the business side of running my animation company.
Q: What is your favorite character?
A: Captain Yuron. He is to me like Mickey Mouse was to Walt Disney
Q: What is your favorite animation that you have created thus far?
A: My favorite animation that I created is my animated short, “The Namazu”, that I premiered in San Diego Comic Con last year. I like it because I've done it in anime style and because Tom Kenny, who is the voice of Sponge Bob Squarepants, was the narrator in my animated short.
Q: When did you start Power Light Animation Studios?
A: I officially started Power Light Animation Studios on March 3rd, 2009. However, I came up with the concept in 2006 when I was 11.
Q: Is there anything else you would like us to know?
A: First of all, I was chosen to be the keynote speaker for the 2014 OCALI Conference in Columbus, Ohio in November. This is so exciting for me.
Second of all, I been working on updating my website and have hired a new employee who is on the autism spectrum to work on my website, Randy Arruda.
Third of all, Aaron Fothergil, the CEO of Strange Flavour Ltd., contacted me and I have been working with him on some web comics. Strange Flavour Ltd. is mainly known for developing games for the Mac, as well as for the iOS and the Xbox 360 for the publishing companies Freeverse and Pixel Pyro. So, it's really exciting for me to get to work with them.
Lastly, I'm working on a web series called "Mia's Make Up Corner" with a girl with autism like me named Mia Mantegna, who is the daughter of a famous actor in “Criminal Minds” and “The Simpsons”, Joe Mantegna. "Mia's Make Up Corner" is a web series to help young girls on or off the spectrum learn how to apply make up in a fun way.
If you want to know more about Power Light Animation Studios or look forward to more updates, please visit www.powerlight-studios.com. You also can "Like" it on Facebook or follow Power Light Animation Studios on Twitter!
Q: Have you learned something in college that has opened new doors in your life?
A: So far, one of the best things I learned is how to get prepared for college better with the Effective Study Techniques class. I feel it's one of the classes that everyone should take, because it teaches us about graphic organizers for the lectures notes and about how to get prepared for exams. It also teaches us how college works, about the left and the right side of the brain, and the foods that help us focus and concentrate. I think college would be a lot harder for me if had not taken this class first!