The only good way to title this blog post, was to quote High School Musical. Because, for me, becoming a Photopass Photographer, truly is the start of something new.
Sure, I have a degree in Art from The University of Iowa, and I’ve taken a few photography courses here and there. But I’ve never been what a tourist or some other folks might refer to as a “professional photographer.” And to be quite honest, I’m not sure I can consider myself as such. But being a Disney Photopass Photographer, to most guests, that’s just what I am to them. Which to me, is crazy talk.
Being a “professional” or not aside, my new job is unlike any other I’ve had. My first ever job was as a waitress at a local restaurant. Then I bounced from retail to retail, while also being a rock climbing instructor for 2 years in college. So this job, is truly the start of something new, and I couldn’t be happier.
I am only a little over 2 weeks into my new role, and I cannot express enough how thankful I am to my new Magic Kingdom family. Every cast member I’ve met, Photopass and other roles alike, have been so welcoming and helpful. I was so nervous going from working in a resort for a year to the intimidating Magic Kingdom, leaving my Art of Animation family (my DAARlings), and taking on a brand new, outdoor role.
The first time I was on Main Street by myself outside of my core training, was fantastic, but extremely exhausting. I definitely took for granted how grueling it is being outside in the heat for 8+ hours.
I got position at the entrance in front of the Train Station, and wow, was it hot. There was not a speck of shade in sight, and as someone who wasn’t used to the heat, I was struggling. I had forgotten my hat, so the sun was just beating down on me, and I was going through my water fast. But this is where a handful of Main Entrance Operations and Security Cast Members went above and beyond, to help me through the heat. We had never met before, much less even had a passing-by conversation. But a Main Entrance cast member came up to me with a damp towel to put on my forehead and neck, which she did so periodically throughout the few hours I was stationed there. A security cast member even came by to refill my water bottle with cold water. They didn’t know me, they weren’t in my line of business, but they went out of their way to help a cast member who was earning their ears and struggling with the heat. For that, I am beyond grateful. Not to mention every Photopass cast member I’ve met has taken the time to introduce themselves, and offer me any help if I might need it.
I’m slowly getting adjusted to the high heat and my location as time passes, but I am so thankful to have had such a warm welcome into the Magic Kingdom. I’m really looking forward to this new adventure!