Pomona, California, US • 3:50 PM (PDT) Local Time
English (North American), EnglishRead More
Child (5-12), Teen (13-17), Young Adult (18-35)
Australian, British, Indian (India), Italian American, Russian, US General American (GenAm), US New York (New Jersey, Bronx, Brooklyn), US South (Deep South, Dixie, Delta)Read More
Voice Over Skills
Animation, VideogamesRead More
Computer & Software
Audacity, Adobe Audition
My name is Faith Butterfield and I am 22 years old with autism. My location is Pomona, CA and I am an aspiring animator, actress, and entertainment industry artist. I was diagnosed with autism at age 2 in 1999 and the doctors said that I was disabled, so my parents went to an assessment to get me into preschool. I knew the alphabet, color, and languages, and numbers. They wanted to place me in a county class for cognitively delayed children like me, but I proved them wrong. My testing indicated that I had an IQ of 140, and later my parents filed a state complaint which they fought for inclusion for me to be in a normal classroom until I got into 3rd grade. Later, in my childhood, I met David Mehnert my old mentor from age 7 to 14 which I developed the skills of languages, world culture, art, entertainment, music that became my gifts of autism for the rest of my life. In 2004, I had my first art show at the Claremont Art Museum and was featured in the book Artism: The Art of Autism which featured my first professional work for the Savant Academy where David Mehnert was the founder. Later, in elementary school, I taught my friends the sound of smell which however, some of the kids were tricking me, which was mean.
After 6th grade, I went to El Roble Intermediate School from 7th to 8th grade which they forced to separate me from my friends and put me the disabled quad which I wrote a poem called a Thousand Faces based my experiences of segregation against autism and the Talent Show rejected me because it was discriminatory. After that, I went to School of Arts and Enterprise for high school, which I found refuge from discrimination until I was not allowed to go to summer art camp which was discrimination against me due to autism. So my former school got together to end segregation against people with autism and include them into the art class for good. I am currently studying at Citrus College as an fine arts major with GPA of 3.8 and I am on the President's List. (And no, I am not just taking easy classes)
My volunteer experience was that I was doing caricatures to raise money for Autism Speaks, Services Center for Independent Living, Autism HWY Chalk Festival, and Learning Disabilities Association. In 2018, I won the Academy of Dreams Award for my animated short My Heart Flies at the Palm Springs International Animation Film Festival. I do animation, voice acting, and improv with Spectrum Laboratory which is a nonprofit organization founded by Jason Weissbroad in 2015. I also write and illustrate books with Workshop 2.0 which is a charity founded by Janet Tashjian in 2016 which I published my first children's book Mouse in the Penthouse which is on Amazon. I had my first acting role in the Special Olympics PSA in 2018 which I played myself drawing in the office late at night which is my typecast. I was featured in the Citrus College Clarion article called Motivated by Faith in 2017. I became an activist for inclusion since 7th grade at age 13. Currently, I am one of the character designers for a documentary called Schtlitze: One of Us based on the life of the legendary sideshow performer. Also I am doing a live action animated short called Boys Don't Wear Dresses which wrapped up filming.
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