A former Wiltshire College student is making waves on YouTube with a music video about autism and mental health, which has been endorsed by none other than Alesha Dixon.
Jacob Price, who studied TV and Film at the Chippenham campus, teamed up with old school friend Daniel Blixa Reed who wrote the song Life on the Spectrum about his struggles with autism after he said he wanted to share his message of hope to the nation.
The pair went their separate ways after finishing school in Corsham but when Jacob saw a live performance on YouTube of Daniel singing the song last year, he got back in touch, having co-founded production company Buttercross Media with a friend from university.
The video took around three days to film earlier this year in and around Chippenham and since being released at the end of September has attracted more than 86,000 hits.
Jacob, aged 24 from Trowbridge, said: “I got an immense feeling of satisfaction helping a friend achieve some of his dreams and we have both felt truly overjoyed and humbled by the feedback and reception from those who watched the video, particularly those with autism.”
While Daniel’s ambition was to raise awareness, his personal dream was for his idol Alesha Dixon to watch the film and he was thrilled when she retweeted the video saying: “Well done Daniel.”
The video has been shared by more than 700 people including Stephanie Millward, MBE, autistic YouTuber Dan Bull and internet sensation Stuggy, who has more than two million followers on Facebook.
TV and Film Lecturer Nicky Dew said: “It was fantastic to see this music video which Jacob sent me and went wild on social media.
“It has a positive message which correlates nicely with ours here at Wiltshire College.”