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Jess. Twenty-four. Nerdy. Auburn graduate.
I work play at Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.
Saturday, 26 April 2014

I’m officially signed off as a character attendant, which is AWESOME, but the best part about this week was getting a phone call three days ago to let me know I’ll be hanging out with my old friends again starting next month!!!  Everything took so long and now it’s all happening at once and I really just can’t wait for the week of May 11th.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

I’m excited to go to work tomorrow. I had forgotten what that feels like (it’s the best).

Friday, 14 March 2014
In the fall of 2009, I moved to Orlando for the Disney College Program to work in the costuming department. I loved it so much, I applied to extend my internship and continue on as a CP. My dreams came true when I was offered the extension in the role of Character Performer. When my program ended in May of 2010, I still wasn’t ready to leave the magic of Disney, so I continued on as a seasonal employee and worked as many hours as I could. In January of 2011 I made the difficult decision to leave Florida to finish my degree. I spent every school break back in Orlando, hanging with my good friends Goofy and Tigger so they wouldn’t forget about me while I was away. I finally graduated in December of 2012, and the first thing I did when I moved to Florida was go to the Casting Center to put my name on the list for full-time. Two days later, I was devastated to find out that I had not met the seasonal requirements for the year by a matter of less than 20 hours. My first month back in Orlando was spent unemployed, desperately looking for any kind of job. On February 4, 2013, I was hired into attractions at Universal. Over the past year, I’ve had my ups and downs, but I managed to become the guest service representative for our venue and I will become a trainer on March 21. Through all this, however, I never gave up on my dream of returning to work for the mouse. I have attended countless entertainment auditions at Disney and had my name put into the pool over and over. It seems that performing just isn’t in the cards for me at this point in time, but I am beyond excited to announce that I will be returning to the Disney family next month as a Character Attendant! It’s been a long journey, but I can’t wait to rejoin the magical company that has always felt like home to me.

In the fall of 2009, I moved to Orlando for the Disney College Program to work in the costuming department. I loved it so much, I applied to extend my internship and continue on as a CP. My dreams came true when I was offered the extension in the role of Character Performer. When my program ended in May of 2010, I still wasn’t ready to leave the magic of Disney, so I continued on as a seasonal employee and worked as many hours as I could. In January of 2011 I made the difficult decision to leave Florida to finish my degree. I spent every school break back in Orlando, hanging with my good friends Goofy and Tigger so they wouldn’t forget about me while I was away. I finally graduated in December of 2012, and the first thing I did when I moved to Florida was go to the Casting Center to put my name on the list for full-time. Two days later, I was devastated to find out that I had not met the seasonal requirements for the year by a matter of less than 20 hours. My first month back in Orlando was spent unemployed, desperately looking for any kind of job. On February 4, 2013, I was hired into attractions at Universal. Over the past year, I’ve had my ups and downs, but I managed to become the guest service representative for our venue and I will become a trainer on March 21. Through all this, however, I never gave up on my dream of returning to work for the mouse. I have attended countless entertainment auditions at Disney and had my name put into the pool over and over. It seems that performing just isn’t in the cards for me at this point in time, but I am beyond excited to announce that I will be returning to the Disney family next month as a Character Attendant! It’s been a long journey, but I can’t wait to rejoin the magical company that has always felt like home to me.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

I’m taking steps to get my life together (or at least to get my finances together), which may or may not end up with me dropping my full-time status to go part-time at two jobs.  That sounds counter-intuitive, I know, but I’ll actually be able to make more money because I’m currently not allowed to work more than 40 hours a week or earn overtime.

My biggest concern at this point is health insurance, so I’m on the healthcare.gov site and yes, it’s as terrible as everyone says it is.  I’m currently covered, but if I drop to part-time I won’t be able to keep my coverage, so I’m looking into other options.  Does anyone know how to health insurance?  How do I adult?

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

I still haven’t heard back from Disney, but I’m loving my job at Universal and I’m trying my best to enjoy the present instead of always looking to the future.  When I lost my seasonal status two days after moving back to Florida, I felt like my life was over.  Now I’m realizing that there are amazing opportunities for me everywhere and I just need to be open to new possibilities.  Life doesn’t always go according to the plans I make for myself, but that’s okay.

Friday, 1 February 2013

January was kind of a terrible month for me, but a bunch of amazing things have happened over the last two days and I have a super good feeling about February.

  • My old roommate Kylie happened to be in Orlando so we got to catch up and lay by the pool in 80 degree weather and hit the town later that night.
  • I borrowed a pair of her jeans when we went out and I fit into her size 6 skinny jeans.  I wore a 7 in high school and a 10 in college, so it was a really awesome, tangible example that showed me just how much my body shape has changed since I started running even though I weigh roughly the same amount.
  • I finally have a job!!  I interviewed with Universal today and was hired on the spot.  This is such a relief, even though I’ll only have part-time hours.  And I’ll be working at the Revenge of the Mummy ride, which is based on The Mummy remake, which is one of my favorite movies.  I am so excited I could burst!
  • In even more fantastic news, I went to puppeteer auditions for Disney yesterday and made it through all the rounds without being cut!  The entire process lasted eight hours, and went from ~100 people down to 25 or so.  I’m super excited and hopeful and I really hope I hear from them soon.
  • My apartment complex called me yesterday and said our three-bedroom apartment will be ready to move into sometime this week!  Which means the three of us will no longer be on top of each other in the temporary two-bedroom we’ve been in for the past month, and I’ll be able to bring the rest of my stuff/furniture down soon.  I’m so ready to sleep on a bed again instead of an air mattress.
Monday, 13 August 2012

The great mystery…

productiveslacker:

Why is Goofy’s vest black or maroon in all Disney merchandise, but the meet and greet Goofy wears a yellow vest? 

I know the answer!  Goofy’s vest is yellow when you meet him because the photographers told him that his yellow vest looks better in photographs than his black and maroon vests do.

Friday, 10 August 2012
Pretty excited about my cast-exclusive tote bag #freestuff! #represent (Taken with Instagram)

Pretty excited about my cast-exclusive tote bag #freestuff! #represent (Taken with Instagram)

Wednesday, 1 August 2012
This week is non-stop Work, Disney, and Olympics.  I love it.
(Shout out to the Fab Five for bringing home the gold as a personal birthday present to me.)

This week is non-stop Work, Disney, and Olympics.  I love it.

(Shout out to the Fab Five for bringing home the gold as a personal birthday present to me.)

 
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