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Good Advice by TomPreston Good Advice by TomPreston
Iíve been given such great advice over the years... no wonder Iím so happy and content with my life...

When I went to Disney World in Florida and took the back stage animation tour, the tour guide (a real Disney Animator) kept saying how awful it was and telling us horror stories about working there.

A favorite book of mine growing up was the autobiography of Bill Peet, a childrenís book author who worked for a good many years at Disney and helped write 101 Dalmatians, Sword in the Stone, and The Jungle Book among other accomplishments. But the book is very clear in depicting Disney NOT as the great man heís usually made out to be.

Before going to college I was warned a number of times that going for Art would be challenging and difficult, and I was constantly reminded that working for Disney meant signing away your soul and your personal creations.

When I graduated from college in 2004, the field I got a BFA in wasnít doing so well and in the end Disney did fire all their 2-D animators to try and take on Pixar. Leaving me fresh out of college with a degree I couldnít really use and no job prospects.

There are other reasons of course, but I sometimes wonder if a lot of the reasons why I havenít done more with my life is because my dreams were crushed at such an early age.

Honestly, even if it meant signing away my ďsoul,Ē I donít think I would mind working at Disney now...

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So apparently a few people are getting the wrong idea about this comic. I'm not trying to suggest that Disney is bad and that I have received "good advice" in staying AWAY from them. I'm trying to say that by listening to all the negative advice I haven't been able to achieve with my life what I set out to do as a kid and that I'm not as happy as I should be.

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