Most likely, if you’re a Theme Park University reader, you’ve had this thought. How do you become an Imagineer? Whether you’re an industry veteran, a theme park fan or someone who’s looking to break into themed entertainment, the question has no doubt crossed your mind at some point.
The problem is, as opposed to most professions, it’s not a clear cut path to land a career in themed entertainment. Most guidance counselors (outside of Orlando or Los Angeles) don’t know those careers even exist. And often times, if you talk to someone within themed entertainment on how to get started, you’ll hear dozens of stories on how they got their positions. A lot of times it seems as if you just have to know the right person. Which isn’t entirely incorrect. The industry is changing and growing by leaps and bounds. Luckily, there are resources out there now if you know where to look.
Over the years, I’ve been luckily enough to meet dozens of people within themed entertainment from Disney to Universal and the dozens of companies who also do amazing work within this amazing industry. Recently, my friend Brittany Markham decided to make an explainer video about how to get into Imagineering (or as it’s commonly known – themed entertainment) and it’s fantastic.
Brittany studied at CalArts in the Art & Technology program and managed to make some connections through her classes. Those classes were designed to not only sharpen your skills in themed entertainment, but teach you about the business. Brittany loved her class with Jonathan Casson where she got to tour various companies like Electrosonic, Garner Holt and Thinkwell. In addition, she found inspiration from a class where Jason McManus had students divide into teams and do mock project presentations. Some industry veterans got a chance to see some of those pitches and that’s how Brittany landed her first professional gig!
Now that Brittany has been working in themed entertainment, she’s had a hand in projects involving Cirque du Soleil and Warner Brothers. Most importantly, she has decided to dedicate some of her time to a new YouTube channel with a series of videos about themed entertainment.
Her first video entitled “How to Become An Imagineer” is a short, insightful and clever look at the process of what it takes to become a part of the themed entertainment industry. Check it out in the link above and make sure to follow her YouTube channel and Instagram page for more great content in the future!
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