Will Best Makes His Mark for World CP Day

Will Best Makes His Mark for World CP Day
Posted on Tue 6 Oct 2020

William Best is no ordinary 13-year old. He’s an actor who lives with cerebral palsy, appearing in the short film, Safety Net which screened virtually as part of the 67th Sydney Film Festival, and recently signed with an agent.

Will recently sat down with Hollywood actor, RJ Mitte to discuss acting, living with CP, advocating for people with a disability, and what it means to Make Your Mark ahead of World Cerebral Palsy Day.

World Cerebral Palsy Day is held on October 6 each year, and is a global campaign run by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. It has grown exponentially in the last eight years and now reaches millions of people each year from more than 150 countries.

The theme for 2020 is Make Your Mark – a celebration of all the ways people with cerebral palsy adapt, innovate and create every day.

Will and RJ are two people who are Making their Mark in acting whilst also working towards other goals and dreams.

Will says:

“I want to be Australia’s first rock and metal band front man, and I mean properly successful, with CP.”

RJ, who is best known for playing Walter "Flynn" White Jr. on the television series Breaking Bad, shared that he doesn’t just want to make a mark, he wants to make a difference.

“I want to see a better future and a better world for everyone in every regard,” said RJ.

RJ is widely considered to be a game changer for the representation of disabilities in mainstream film and television. Will is following in his footsteps in many ways, playing a child with similar experiences to his own in his breakout role on Safety Net.

Just like RJ’s work on Breaking Bad, Will’s character lived with CP, however it wasn’t the focus of his work. This has allowed them to position themselves as actors, rather than actors with a disability.

In an article published on abc.net.au about the film, Will said:

"My story isn't, 'William Best, disabled actor.'

"It's just, 'William Best, actor' — and a kick-arse actor, if I do say so myself."

As well as having acting in common, both RJ and Will are commiteed to therapy to improve their mobility to manage thier CP. RJ describes therapy as a lifelong commitment to therapy. Will graduated from intensive program, HABIT-ILE facilitaed by CPA, which really helped to improve his confidence as well as motor skills. Check out Will in an interview with CPA about HABIT-ILE. 

To learn more about World Cerebral Palsy Day and see how others are Making Their Mark this year, visit worldcpday.org or follow @worldcpday on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Meet Xian Horn, a teacher, speaker, beauty advocate and Forbes blogger who is Making Her Mark through her contribution to adaptive fashion, and the self-esteem of people with disabilities all around the world.

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