The animated short Freebird, written and directed by Joe Bluhm and Michael McDonald, chronicles the experiences of a spirited boy with Down syndrome. We had a chance to catch up with the short’s creative director NicholasHerd, who shared some photos from a typical day in his amazing life:
I’m a sleep diva. Morning isn’t my thing.
They look calm, but you should see them tug-a-war.
Zoom meeting with the L’Arche creative team. This snap was from when they changed their backgrounds without me knowing. Then I put it together: Freebird was Oscar-eligible!
Took the metro to the Disability Channel to shoot my talk show. Today, I’m interviewing a dentist in Syria whose dad has Down syndrome.
Back home now. Time for my theater troupe, Sol Express — but we’re on Zoom. Today’s topic is character psychology.
Painting time is how I nurture my spirit and work through ideas.
My night to cook for mom and dad. I’m making a keto-friendly pasta dinner. Yes, the hat is necessary.
Bedtime ritual: I lip sync MammaMia every night. You think I’m joking?
As I go to bed, I watch my DVDs in alphabetical order. Tonight I’m at “G,” so GoldenGirls, Gray’sAnatomy and Glee keep me entertained until 3 a.m.