When a film tells the story of an individual facing a challenge, there’s nothing more powerful than learning that the actor involved has lived with – and often conquered – the challenge at hand. So when my friend Brian Gott told me about his search for an actor with cerebral palsy to star in his new film project, an adaptation of Out of My Mind, I jumped at the chance to share the ask with all of you.
I met Brian and his heart of gold through the Starlight Children’s Foundation, a 35-year old charity dedicated to delivering happiness to seriously ill children. Makes perfect sense because Brian’s reach has always extended across healthcare and entertainment, unifying the two worlds in one way or another: the Burkle Global Impact Initiative, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation among them. In other words, this guy is the real deal, and he’s looking to make a profound film with an actor who has already lived at least part of the role.
So if you know of an actress between the ages of 11 – 14 with cerebral palsy, please share this announcement. Even if you don’t, still share. What an opportunity for a young talent who has grown up with CP, not to mention an opportunity for the world to see that talent on the big screen. Link is here for those who’d like to share.