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Exceptional Minds Welcomes Ryan Lowry and all our Summer Workshop Participants!

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Millions of people around the world have seen his story, read his letter, and shared it or responded to it in some way. Twenty-year-old Ryan Lowry’s handwritten letter asking for a chance at a job went viral on LinkedIn and has been life changing for so many.  We first heard about Ryan through one of our advisors, Aaron Parry, Chief Creative Officer, Stereo-D and Deluxe Animation Studios at Company3/Method Studios. Now, thanks to a grant from that team, Ryan will be participating in our summer animation program at Exceptional Minds. We’re excited to open our doors to Ryan, the many students already enrolled, and to the world of possibilities that await. Enrollment is now open for the Exceptional Minds virtual summer workshops on character animation, motion graphics, 3D modeling and video game creation. Click on Exceptional Minds Summer Programs to reserve your seat! During this time of economic challenge for so many families, we appreciate companies like Company3/Method Studios who p

People.com Features Exceptional Minds

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Interest continues in our Exceptional Minds  graduates and students who were hired as voice over actors in the HBO Max version of On The Spectrum.  People.com ran a feature that highlights the work and opportunity this project created.  "The original actors, none of them are on the spectrum. So, they had to rely on the research they were doing and the people that they were speaking with," EM graduate and now voice actor Adam Schuering tells PEOPLE  in Tuesday's episode. "But in the case of me and Kate (McSpadden), I believe as well, we've essentially lived with this our entire lives." The feature can be found here . Exceptional Minds , a California non-profit of the year, is an academy and studio preparing young adults on the autism spectrum for careers in animation, visual effects, 3D gaming, and other related fields in the entertainment industry. Exceptional Minds provides critical technical and work readiness training customized to help its students achie

On the Spectrum. Our Voices.

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HBO Max’s   On the Spectrum  began streaming in the U.S. on World Autism Day. From yes Studios, the producers of Netflix’s   Fauda ,   On the Spectrum   is   a hit   Israeli series that received   nine Israeli Television Academy Awards including Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Series.   The series   follows three young adults with autism navigating love, careers, and friendships.   HBO Max acquired the English language rights to   On the Spectrum   and contracted VSI Los Angeles studios to produce a U.S. English dub for the original series. Exceptional Minds was called in to review the scripts for autism authenticity and in the process, suggested that our artists might be interested in auditioning for voice over acting roles.  We   announced auditions during a weekly Exceptional Minds roundtable discussion attended by alumni,   staff, and students — many of whom ended up   auditioning.  While not everyone was cast, Exceptional Mind's graduates Adam Schuering (class of 201

Inclusion for Our Animators. More Diversity for Cartoons.

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From Cartoon Network comes Cartoon Cartoons, an artist-driven program with a mission of cultivating diversity, equity, and inclusion in the animation industry.  As part of our involvement, Cartoon Network Studios is dedicating an entire program slot to Exceptional Mind 's animators, who will be given the opportunity to share their unique perspectives, talents, and voices through original and contracted animated short-form content.  This is yet another offshoot of our amazing partnership with WarnerMedia that includes our work with HBO Max .  Cartoon Cartoons is modeled after the first Cartoon Network Studios shorts program that launched in 1995 as World Premiere Toons and served as a platform for a number of notable animators including Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter’s Laboratory), Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls), and Rebecca Sugar (Steven Universe).  We can’t wait to see which Exceptional Minds artists will join this pantheon of Cartoon Cartoons legends. To donate to our Scholar