Connor’s Story

Connor in front of Thomas & Friends Banner
Connor McCurdy, Self-Advocate

My name is Connor and I am 20 years old. I love Thomas and Friends—it’s my favourite show. I love the Railway Series written by the Rev. W. Awdry and his son Christopher. 

I make my own Thomas fan series on YouTube! My channel is called Duck Show Studios. My stories are about a variety of characters. I try to stay true to the original Thomas books and TV show, and I film the stories with my wooden engines. I started filming the stories in 2018 with my first season.

Season One has stories which are sort of mismatched because one could be from the fall of 2018 and then some could be from the spring of 2019 because I filmed them, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them. 

My psychologist filmed most of the earlier ones—it was her idea to film the stories that I write. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to pitch the stories to Mattel Creations or upload them on YouTube. I found a way to post them legally on YouTube because Mattel likes it if you post stuff without political messages and other things. A lot of my earlier stories focused on a Steam Team member. The wood models of Nia and Rebecca were not out at the time, so they were not in my stories, but I discovered focusing on the same characters for a long time made the stories dull.  

The reason I did this was just for Mattel because the Steam Team has the characters they really wanted to push. Most of those stories were cut because I didn’t like them as much as the others. My writing improved in Season Three. Season Three is my favourite season. It was filmed in late 2019 and in early 2020. Season Four was filmed in 2020 and it has a lot of ‘likes.’ Now I am uploading Season Five which I filmed between March and May of 2020. I have been working on lots of upcoming projects since May of 2020, and I’m working on more. I will make an update video talking about future projects to be posted in 2021.

I do all my own voice acting. This is because I can voice act quite well.  Some of my favourite characters to voice include Duck and Ace (also two of my favourite characters to write). A counsellor of mine, and a very good friend, named Jordan, made my channel for me and helps edit the videos and post them. If you’re reading this, thank you Jordan! Writing these stories is my passion! My favourite characters in the show and books include Duck, Donald and Douglas, Oliver, James, Edward, Merlin, Stephen, Thomas, and Marion. I also film trains at my local train station with my good friend Taylor (The Taylor With Autism 2005 is his channel), and I have reviewed Thomas episodes and toys as well. If you want to check out my channel, that would mean a lot to me. Thank you. I would recommend Seasons Three, Four, and Five.