WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a music video with meaning. You won’t see any blinged out rockers, or decked out divas, but you will see the story of a girl with a disability who just wants to fit in, and it was made here in Wilmington.
“My husband and I have four children, and our two youngest both have Down Syndrome, so we have been advocating since the day our son was born, he’s almost nine now, for his acceptance and inclusion in all aspects of life,” said Amy Wright, founder of “It Starts with a Voice.”
Wright says one thing led to another, and the song she wrote just five months ago titled “Be the One,” turned into a full-blown music video.
“I wanted to write a song that would call people to action to say… become friends with somebody that’s different from you and what a wonderful relationship you can have when you do that,” Wright said.
Wright says the community has been behind the them 100 percent, and they had nearly 300 volunteers show up to the shoot.
Parts of the music video were filmed at Hoggard High School, and teens from around Wilmington participated as extras.
The video even stars Lauren Potter, an actress with Down Syndrome, who plays Becky Jackson on “Glee.”
Partcipants say collaborating with this cause adds value to their work.
“I’m really thankful to be a part of it,” producer Chris McKee said. “I think all of us were, because not only was it something that was fun and it felt like a professional job, but it was also something that was meaningful, and I think everybody felt that way.”
“Even just the raw footage was inspirational,” editor Kara Stellner said. “Everyone was so sweet, and you could definitely tell the energy was positive, and everyone was happy to be there.”
Wright agrees. She says it was an exciting but emotional experience because the message is an important one to her.
“We’re trying to tell people out there to step off of the sidelines, be the one who decides that they are going to step forward, and be part of the change,” she said.
The Wright family says they are not in this for the money. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organization Best Buddies International.