Recent progress on the Imagineering quest

August 17, 2014

As we all know, I set my life goal of doing this Disney/Pixar stuff 2.5 years ago during that epic vacation in Walt Disney World. So after learning that they are building a park in my hometown Shanghai, I had this idea of coming back and start from there which got realized half a year ago after I had an injure trying to renovate the studio space in LA. (well…that’s another story >.< I one just needs to know that I'm fully recovered and am jumping around again, as you can tell from below)

After arrival I didn't really know how to proceed, so I spent some time catching up on academic drawings:

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and paintings:

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Then I spent most of the Spring wandering the roads of Shanghai:

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Hanging out in coffee shops:

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and did some domestic traveling:

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Finally in May, I was recovered and ready to head to the park (ok…plus start road biking…):

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I started off by finding a random job painting props (such as rocks, wood, and sculptures that are made of fiberglass) with a local sub-sub-subcontractor under Disney. This was quite an adventure, I got to live in the construction worker’s dorm inside the park and worked 6 days a week, it was FUN:

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(Note: everything in the painting shop are top secrets and cannot be taken photos of =P)

So I went to paint items in the Shanghai version of the classical Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

After a few weeks they somehow discovered I’m pretty good at this and decided to make me an art supervisor (oh, and I received a salary multiplier of 2.5). After another few weeks I got an offer from a not-too-sub contractor I dealt with on the site (with another salary multiplier of 2.5, now let’s see, what will happen if one keeps this exponential growth… =P Ok just joking…But I decided to turn them down and went for a job interview with Disney (finally!)

That’s pretty much where I am right now. Hopefully I’ll soon be calling myself an Imagineer, if not I’ll just keep trying until that happens =P. Wish me luck!

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2 Responses to “Recent progress on the Imagineering quest”

  1. Hao Shen Says:

    great you have recovered! it must have been fun to live with construction workers :D

  2. Yunting Gao Says:

    I have watched your blog for a while…You are always trying to offer the true feeling here . Anyway no mater or whatever you choose, what I believe is that follow your heart. That is the best way. Anyway best wishes for your future!


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