I direct all educational and content development processes, including design, editorial, interactives, and media production. I also provide individual consultation and creative direction on numerous exhibit projects throughout the country.
I show up and ride my tricycle around our theme park before the guests arrive. I inspect every LEGO model for cleanliness and safety, and I repair anything that needs it. I then design new LEGO models using computer software and pencil and paper sketching. Then I build the new models, sometimes as part of a team. After all this, I document my process, and sometimes I even get to go on the news to share my latest creations!
Tasks & Responsibilities May Include
Develop set designs, based on evaluation of scripts, budgets, research information, and available locations.
Prepare rough drafts and scale working drawings of sets, including floor plans, scenery, and properties to be constructed.
Prepare preliminary renderings of proposed exhibits, including detailed construction, layout, and material specifications, and diagrams relating to aspects such as special effects or lighting.
Read scripts to determine location, set, and design requirements.
Submit plans for approval, and adapt plans to serve intended purposes, or to conform to budget or fabrication restrictions.
Level of Education Attained by Set and Exhibit Designers
Most common level of education among people in this career: Bachelor's degree (33%)
Intern and volunteer as much as you can. Make choices but don't feel as though they are choices for life that cannot be changed at any time, and say yes to opportunities to do new things as much as possible even if you don't know whether you are interested in them.
First, I need to be an artist. I need to make everything look great. Aesthetic skills are omnipotent when it comes to making giant detailed sculptures out of plastic toys! Second, I need to be an engineer. Children and adults of all ages can climb on the models I build, and California is known for its potent earthquakes. That means I need to have a solid understanding of materials, construction techniques, and physics. Finally, and most importantly, I need to have a good sense of humor!
Do what you love and the money will follow. One of my greatest mentors once asked me outright, "are you a rich or poor LEGO builder?" I answered, "rich," without thinking, because my life is enjoyable, and I am happy. I love what I do, and I am surrounded by people who share my mindset.
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