Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: April 1992
||Posted: Feb. 15, 2011, 8:48 am
This is a link to the overall job openings at The Walt Disney Company. Under "Job Category" is a menu item "Creative" which might utilize a make up artist-painter-sculptor skill set or education background. At the very bottom of the page is a white box "FAQs" for "Frequently Asked Questions" about job openings or seeking jobs with The Walt Disney Company. Explore around at the link.
Here's a link to Disney Animation Studios:
And related Frequently Asked Questions:
In the professional show business community in Southern California are many professional organizations-unions called "guilds". There are some for professional hair and professional make up for motion picture and television production. Members of these guilds vote themselves special honors just before Academy Award Oscar time every January-February and if they are also members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) which is the organization which awards the Oscars they can vote for Best Hair and Best Make Up Oscars. Similarly in television production these same guild members if they are members of the Emmy Awards organization vote on Best Hair and Best Make Up for Daytime and Prime Time Emmy Awards. Same would go for other categories such as set designers.
There is a major annual graphic arts show called SIGGRAPH which has a convention in the US around every August or so. People from the motion picture, TV, computer graphics, and university areas come to meet up, speak, do seminars. And they have an active job openings publicity part to this organization. Joining up and attending will perhaps expose you to networking with professionals in the field and job openings advertised to members-only. Google SIGGRAPH and just go from there.
A good way to locate general jobs in the entertainment industry is to join one of these hair or make up or crative categories guilds out there, pay their member dues. Members can enjoy a benefit of hearing about job openings. Attend their professional meetings. Professionally network. As you meet people "in the business" you learn how that industry is set up from an insider's point of view. You'll learn what trade publications to subscribe to and trade organizations to join which might have job listings or job listings websites.
No one on our site tends to respond much to it, which is why this year I discontinued, but I used to follow pretty much every category associated with Oscars which awarded some sort of guild award for the year's "Best Of" movies if a Disney film was nominated. If you go to the Disney Live Action and Animated Films Forum and search into the past around December-February in prior years, within Topics generally titled about Disney winning annual major entertainment awards I posted links to some of these guilds. At the links will generally be contact information for each guild. I don't know what their criteria for membership are or how much their dues are, but simply ask. That's your "in" to networking within the general entertainment industry which might someday lead to your working for one of the major studios or Disney.
Disney Imagineering probably has more to do with architectural design and marketing. Within the field of architecture can come those who create conceptual mock-ups of proposed buildings and interiors and those persons might need a combination of art as well as understanding the field of commercial architecture.
Another place within The Walt Disney Company to possibly use an art background is in Disney Consumer Products. They have a huge building in Glendale CA down the street from Disney Imagineering. Consumer Products can mean designing a new version of a Mickey Mouse plush toy, game packaging, a T-shirt, themed-logoed merchandising for the next Disney or Pixar live action or animated movie, Disney Channel merchandising, etc. You can Google Disney Consumer Products and find out more.
A few art and design schools that Disney tends to recruit graduates of include Rhode Island School of Design, Ringling School of Art and Design in Florida, Arts Institute of Chicago, and most famous Cal Arts (California Institute of the Arts). Explore those websites and perhaps some job openings or career paths of graduates can inspire you in your quest.
Good luck. I don't know if there are specific "art departments" within Imagineering, it might be they have a more integrated multi-disciplinary team approach to design rather than segmented and separately working departments.
We're mainly a Disney fan site in general, do not have particular "ins" with Imagineering or Animation. But people do post over the years aspiring to an Imagineering career, and since I've been online as a Disney fan since 1991 or so the above seems to be one way to develop some professional contacts.