Digital storytelling - Liam's video CV - Liam Robertson

Liam's video CV demonstrates how someone with autism can use video to help others see beyond the disability
Published in Videos on 16 Apr 2012

Liam Robertson is 20 years old and has autism. He has a passion for film and would like to pursue a career in the theatre.

In this video Liam talks about his interests and aspirations, attending Scottish Youth Theatre and working in a Barnardo's shop, and he delivers a monologue from Citizen Kane.

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In 2015 we caught up to find out how Liam's career in TV and film is progressing.

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Digital storytelling - Liam's video CV

Liam's video CV demonstrates how someone with autism can use video to help others see beyond the disability

Transcript of video with Liam Robertson, 12th March 2012


Hello, I'm Liam Robertson. I was born in September 1991 and this is my story.

I attended Barrhead High School between 2003 to 2009 with additional support provided to me due to my autism.

This is my home in Eaglesham where I live with my Mum and Dad.

Here we are in my bedroom. As you can see of these posters, I am a big movie fan and my favourite activity is to go to the pictures with my friends and family. I also love the theatre, especially musicals and I go whenever possible.

I am a member of the Eaglesham Music and Drama Group.

During the week I go to the Columbia Social Club to attend the special needs social group and also attended the Rule Breakers, a young person's club in the Fairweather Halls in Newton Mearns.

While I'm at home I like to do some script writing on my laptop to create some screen plays or sketches for theatre, film and TV. Here are some of my storyboards.

I like going on Facebook a lot to chat with my friends and writing some posts about what I have been doing with the day. I also like playing with the PS2 and the Wii.

Here we are at Cosgrove Care's internet cafe, and this is where I used to work on a Friday while at school and college where I obtained my SVQ2 on Customer Services. While I was working there I was helping, serving customers, and generally cleaning up around the shop. I have taken part in a number of fundraising events on behalf of Cosgrove Care, including sponsored walk.

This is Barnardo's, a charity shop where we believe in children. I worked voluntary on a Wednesday afternoon. Generally I worked down in the basement checking donated items like children's puzzles to see if they are completed and tagging donations for sale in the main shop.

This is the Scottish Youth Theatre in Brunswick Street. I attend the drama workshops for 18 to 25 year olds on a Saturday. At these workshops we focus on the individual using performance to increase our confidence. It provides a safe environment for us young people to learn and express ourselves.

Indepen-dance is a company with whom I gained work experience. I worked at Woodside Halls last year while I was on my second year course of Learning for Work at Cardonald College. In Woodside Halls I registered people, joined in the group for some dancing and also I washed the cups and dishes during lunch.

I have re-applied for NQ Acting and Performance Course at Stow College this year. The reason why I didn't get into that course last July is because the course was full. But I have been given a provisional acceptance to attend starting in September 2012. My dream and aspiration is to be an actor or to work in the theatre.

Liam's Recital of a scene from Citizen Kane

A fellow will remember a lot of things you wouldn't think you remember. You take me, one day back in 1896 I was crossing over to Jersey on a ferry, and as we pulled out there was another ferry pulling in - and on it there was a girl waiting to get off. A white dress she had on, she was carrying a white parcel. I only saw her for one second, she didn't see me at all, but I will bet a month hasn't gone by since that I haven't thought of that girl.