Ones to Watch: Alex Manners
This week's Ones to Watch is TV and Radio Presenter Alex Manners. We've caught with Alex to hear more about his passion for presenting, football and becoming an Asperger's champion.
Can you introduce yourself and your creative work/interests?
My Name is Alex Manners and I am 21. I have a form of Autism called Asperger’s and I am a TV and Radio Presenter from Solihull in the West Midlands. I also have a passion for video and I have my own Video Production business as well as my own YouTube channel. I am mad on football and I am trying to visit all 92 Football League grounds for a match. So far I have completed 81! On my YouTube channel I create “Football Shirt Stories” and “Around the Grounds” videos. My Asperger’s is something that I view as a positive and I have had many interviews on the TV and the Radio about it. I have also written many articles on my Asperger’s and recently did a talk in front of 60 people at the University of Warwick.
What are you currently working on?
On Sunday 11 March from 8:00-10:00am I'll be launching my very own children’s radio show on Solihull Radio. The show will be jam packed with children’s songs and events, episodes of old children’s TV shows as well as some very fun interviews. Each week I'll also be playing an episode of my children’s stories “Rainbow Man” where he will be visiting different local attractions.
Recently I've been doing a lot of research into Football and Autism and what it is like for Autistic people at football matches. I've contacted many clubs and recently went down to Arsenal to visit their sensory room. I'm trying to set up a campaign and a documentary to nationally enhance the experiences of Autistic people on match days.
What are your future creative ambitions?
My ambition is to become a full time TV Presenter. My favourite area would be children’s television. I would love not only to be presenting on a channel like Cbeebies but also to have my very own children’s shows. I would also like to become an Asperger’s Champion and carry out many more talks and interviews on the subjects as well as presenting shows and documentaries not only to people in the UK but to people all over the world.
What advice would you give people aspiring to work in a similar creative field?
I would always say “Pursue your Passion”. No matter what it is you want to achieve, if you believe you can achieve it then you will. You just have to be determined, persistent and never give up.