Dani Bowman is a 15-year-old autistic high school girl with a love of anime style animation.
Dani aspires to follow in the footsteps of other cartooning greats with her own animation company, Powerlight Studios. What is even more impressive is that Dani is autistic. Dani illustrates, writes and voice acts nine different cartoon series, each with about 30 unique characters. Her stories, and her own story, have captured the interest of several production companies with the goal of taking Powerlight Studios to network and cable TV. Dani came up with the name of Powerlight Studios at age 11, and shortly there after created her first series, “Gemstar & Friends”, followed by “The Adventures of Captain Yuron”.
Dani’s imaginative adventures are loved by kids and admired by adults for their magical simplicity and heart-warming story lines that capture the imagination.
Many of Dani’s series started with a random scrap of paper found somewhere around the house. When asked about the drawings, Dani casually says, “oh, that’s my new series….”, like it’s completely common for a new world to be created on random slips of paper just left around the house.
Dani is a fan of Japanese culture, anime and manga style cartoons and loves sushi!
Part of Dani’s mission in creating Powerlight Studios is to deliver a positive message about the special abilities that autistic individuals have. Commonly sited statistics state that 1 in 110 children today are autistic.
A more alarming statistic is that 87% of autistic adults are unemployed according to the Autism Society of America. It is especially sad considering that autistics excel in visual and drawing skills but have historically, if employed at all, ended up working in low skill occupations. Powerlight Studios is developing an Autistic Artist’s Network to promote the works of other Autistic artists with the goal of helping them become self sufficient.