Questions about seasonal employment for the CMs...
After googling until my fingers are prematurely arthritic, I've decided to see if any of the CMs who frequent this board could answer my questions a little better. I'm hoping so, since some of my questions I can't find answers for at all!
I'm interested in working at WDW, (as if that needed to be stated.) I would LOVE to do the college program, but that seems like a bad idea for me at the moment. I'm currently a double-major, and my school would probably not take the credit from the CP. I can't really afford to risk losing my financial aid, and would rather graduate on time, since its going to take me a while anyways. I don't know that I can afford to take a semester off to do the CP.
Of course, that brings up my first question: Can recently graduated seniors/students going for post-grad degrees be in the CP?
Now, from looking at other options, it looks like seasonal employment might be a good option. I have heard that for seasonal, you have to work 6-8 weeks your first time, then at least 2 weeks per year to stay on the payroll. I have also heard you must work 6-8 weeks every time, to remain seasonal. Can someone clear up the seasonal employment requirements for me?
Oh, and can you be in entertainment (I'm thinking specifically characters, here) and be in seasonal? When you come back for your next seasonal span, are you still in that character, or do you have to re-audition?
If I'm wanting seasonal, and I live out of state, I still go down to the Casting Center to apply, correct? Is there any time frame that you need to go during, relating to your availability time? As in...let's see...if I wanted to work seasonal this coming summer, is going down during my Christmas break to interview too early/too late?
Also, I've come across the term "casual employment." What does this mean, and what are the requirements?
I was also wondering about housing. I know that the CP and a few internships have housing from Disney, but is there Disney housing available for rent by seasonal/regular employees, or are you "on your own" finding housing in the area? If there IS Disney housing, what is the usual cost of that? If there is NOT Disney housing available, does anyone have any suggestions for me?
As far as attractions, are there any special considerations they take with such rides as Jungle Cruise and Great Movie Ride, which have very long spiels? (sp?) Can you somehow emphasize a desire to work on such rides, if doing attractions?
...and finally, the question you all get bombarded with. Character Auditions. Of course, I have a relatively...unorthodox question in that respect. Have any of you noticed if physical attributes or size tends to affect casting, even in "fur" character positions? Also, with the face auditions, how picky are they, exactly? I would adore very, very, very honest answers with that one. I don't believe I'm "princess" material, exactly, but I'm thinking that, perhaps, a stepsister wouldn't be a far stretch.
Wow, that was a mouthful...at any rate, for any of you reading this/answering me, thank you SO MUCH for your time! It is appreciated more than I can tell you.
Last edited by CaribbeanMouse; 06-19-2008 at 11:24 AM.
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