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 lay out 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.
Chris - I hope you get your "dream" of working on the DRR... I really do... but do me this favor - if you are an "adult" like you claim... (you are an adult, aren't you?
) then show me... show us... show the Walt Disney Company that you're an adult by sucking it up, taking the advice that is given and realize that this is a business... and we only take the best. You have the passion - that's clear, and that's more important than you know - but alone it's not enough. Not by a long shot.
Pay attention, do what the others have suggested previously and get yourself into the position to be exactly what the DRR needs when it's your time. Heck - my time was a decade in the making... sure wish it had been sooner, but it wasn't.
You are not the first to be told "no" at 18. And you're certainly not the first to think they were owed
a spot and denied. The real question is will you be one of the few to stick it out, do what the job requires, and finish the race?
Are you adult enough to run the race?
Or are you just going to give up on that dream?