Sorry the company killed your dream... it can be rough - I know.
At your age I walked up to an Imagineer with the swagger only an 18 year old can have, and told him I wanted a job... I can still hear his laugh to this day.
But you know what - I didn't gripe and moan about how WDI was unfair. I didn't layout my 7 year plan of going to Universal Creative, or working for BRC or Thinkwell Creative or Paramount Parks Design group... no, I sucked it up, decided WDI is where I wanted to be and then got back to it - I listened
to those that offered advice (no matter where it came from - first person, in print, or even, heaven forbid
, off of a discussion board) and I kept at it... and yeah, I spent several
years at Universal Creative and
Thinkwell Creative and
Paramount Parks Design and other jobs while I got the experience I needed
to have the swagger to walk in to WDI and ask for a job.
And you know what - a decade later, I'm there... and I love it... and (as hard is this is for you to understand at 18 - and I know how hard it is, seems like I was just there myself!)... I now know there was NO way I was ready to be at WDI at 18. I can recognize now that everything I had to do while I waited for my chance... those are the skills and the knowledge and the experience that got me to WDI in the first place.