Cast Member for a Day
Welcome to those of you joining me from Magical Mouse Schoolhouse and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the final stop on our Magical Blogorail. This month we’re chatting about what we would do if we could be a Disney cast member for a day.
This theme really excited me, because I have spent the last few months really examining this question: What do I want to be when I grow up? I’ve done so many different things over the years, and very few of them have been quite right. I could fill any number of roles at Disney and would probably enjoy them all at some level (except being a character – I don’t think I could handle that!). But the one thing I would choose, if I could be any cast member at all?
A Disney Writer.
Why a writer? First a little bit of background. I’ve written stories since I was about four years old. For most of my childhood, that was all I wanted to do when I grew up.
But then, sometime around high school, reality kicked in. My mother strongly suggested I choose a career that could actually support me. And let’s face it, I’m really not the starving artist type. So I did. And was bored out of my mind. I walked away from that career, thinking maybe I could pay the bills with freelance tech writing and have enough time left over to write stories. Part 1 – check. But I had nothing left in me to fantasize.
Right about that time, I started this blog, and remembered how essential stories and fantasy are to my world. So essential, in fact, that I couldn’t face another page of technical writing! So I shifted gears once again, and started a travel agency, thinking that I could immerse myself in Disney fantasy that way. Except – and I should have known this, I’ve run businesses before – by the time I finished the work of running the business, there wasn’t a lot of time or energy left to enjoy it. You notice I haven’t blogged regularly lately? That’s why.
The simple fact is, I need stories. We all do, but I guess I’m a little more addicted than most people! So a few months ago, I started another shift. I’m hoping this time I’ve found my “what I want to be when I grow up.” But I’ll tell you more about that in a couple of weeks (hint – I’m relaunching Return to Disney, complete with a month of giveaways!). But right now we’re talking about Disney cast members and why on Earth I’d want to be a Disney writer.
I’ve talked a bit about why I’d want to be a writer in the first place – but why Disney? When you’re a Disney writer, you can pretty much forget about fame and fortune. Do you know the name of the guy who writes Mickey Mouse Clubhouse? Neither do I. But ask anyone to tell you the story of Cinderella, or Sleeping Beauty, or Snow White, and they’ll tell you the Disney version. That’s the really exciting thing about being a Disney writer. They get to shape our understanding of our own stories. They tell us our first fairy tales, the ones that stick with us long after we grow up and think we’ve forgotten them. If that’s not magic, I don’t know what is.
Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Yellow this month. We will be back Friday, February 1st with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney info, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ DIStherapy
3rd Stop ~ Delightfully Disney
4th Stop ~ Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
Final Stop ~ Return to Disney