Los Angeles — Hollywood actress Jamie Lee Curtis gave an inspiring message to students with autism at the Exceptional Minds vocational school.
Speaking at the school’s open house on Friday at Sherman Oaks, the actress gave a valuable advice to the young students hoping to become visual effects artists in the film industry.
Curtis also urged companies in the film industry to give chance to and support graduates from schools dedicated to helping students with special needs. She told:
“This wonderful school that is going to give that group of kids an opportunity to live their dreams with dignity and purpose … only works if there are companies that are going to support these graduates.”
Students at Exceptional Minds are being taught about working with green screen keying, end credit work, visual effects, object removal, simple compositing, and tracking mark removal. Some of them even ended up working for some of Hollywood’s blockbuster movies such as “American Hustle,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”
Curtis reminded students at the Exceptional Minds to always “aim high,” telling them:
“Just pretend you’re going for a job with, oh I know, Jim Cameron at his visual effects studio.”
During the event, the “Freaky Friday” actress presented the ‘Ed Asner’ award to Marvel Studios Executive VP for Visual Effects and Post Production Victoria Alonso, who worked closely with Exceptional Minds’ visual effects artists for the blockbuster hit “Avengers: Age of Ultron”.
During her speech, Alonso reminded everyone of what gives the young adults with autism the edge in their chosen field despite their condition. She told:
“I will tell you what they have that other people don’t have: [their] obsessiveness over detail.”
You can read more about Exceptional Minds here on Autism Daily Newscast.