Among the many negative comments directed to the City of Vancouver, one that’s recently returned is ‘no fun city.’ This name reflects strict bylaws and limited support for the arts. Earlier this month, it was announced that a property developer had purchased land being leased by a popular hotel bar called The Waldorf. A unique space with a 1960s theme in one room and a Tiki Bar in another, the popular destination was a breath of fresh air for locals. Once the announcement was made, local discourse led to protests, meetings with City Council, and now The Waldorf is being reviewed as a potential heritage building, which would save it from demolition.
What makes Vancouver so great is the diversity of its people, and their personal goals. The uproar surrounding The Waldorf for example, shows that on one hand, there are focused business people looking for any opportunity to find space for the city’s ever growing population to call home, and on the other hand, there are performers whose care most about cultivating a strong community through entertainment.
Our Coffee Shop HR World Cafe this month was a challenge to our contributors to shine a light on people who love their jobs. While it’s inspiring for some to see people succeed, for others it’s a negative reality check for their own status. But why be jealous of someone else’s success? It probably didn’t come overnight, and even if it appears that it did, be mindful of all the small decisions that person made leading up to his/her triumph.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and everyone has a hidden dream that reflects who they really are. I interviewed a young local artist named Kim Bunka. A vocal instructor and musical theater performer, Kim’s greatest ambition is to work for the Walt Disney Company:
1. Why do you want to work for Disney?
This is a hard question for me to answer because I have so much passion about working for Disney, I could easily write an essay on it! But I’ll try to narrow it down… I think one of the main reasons I want to work for Disney is I could spend my days making people happy. I love it when I have the chance to make someone’s day better or make them smile and I think I would have a lot of opportunities to do that while working for Disney.
2. What exactly is your goal, and have you set a deadline to achieve it?
My goal is to acquire a job working as a performer with Disney Cruise Lines, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disney or Hong Kong Disneyland. As a Canadian it is very hard to get work as a performer in either of the American parks. I had my first audition in June of 2012 so I have told myself that if I haven’t been hired by June of 2013 I need to regroup and re-evaluate my goals.
3. What sets you apart from others who audition?
I think a lot of the people who audition for Disney also love Disney so it’s hard to say if my love (bordering on obsession!) sets me a part, but I think it might. Also I have over 15 years of experience with performing Musical Theatre and graduated from a musical theatre college program where as some people don’t have that experience or it’s their very first audition ever.
4. If you could play any Disney character, who would you choose and why?
Well, at the parks or on the cruise lines the characters portray themselves of course, I’ve been auditioning for the chance to work with them. However if I could be a Disney character for a day I’d love to be Tinkerbell, Belle or Cinderella as those are some of my favourite girl characters. I dressed up as Minnie Mouse for Halloween a couple of years ago and that was fun too!
5. Lots of people target specific companies they want to work for. If HR was to ask you in an interview, ‘why are you a good fit for the organization?’ how would you respond?
If I were asked that question I think I would say something like…”I believe I am a great fit for the Disney Company because of my love for the magic that Disney has brought to people all over the world for decades. I am passionate about the way Disney tells stories in their movies, parks and on the cruise lines and I want to be a part of that. I have an upbeat personality and willingly flash smiles at strangers in hopes of making their day brighter. My extensive training in musical theatre and my strong work ethic give me the tools to entertain guests at Disney’s high-standard level. My experience teaching children gives me the knowledge of how to interact with people of all ages. Working for Disney would be my dream come true because I would be a part of making other people’s dreams come true and spreading happiness in a world that needs all the happiness it can get.”
You can feel Kim’s enthusiasm and admiration for Disney in her words, and you can’t help but admire her fearlessness. I heard someone once say that every man has a dream for his family. But certainly, every one of us has a dream for ourselves! It’s Friday, and so my challenge to you is to take some time to remember what you originally set your mind to achieve when you started working.
What is your greatest professional aspiration?
Where are you now?
What are you willing to do to achieve success?
And remember, not all dreams require that you completely change who you are, and where you’re already going in your career; not all buildings need to be demolished to build something new. After all, Disneyland Park has a Tiki Bar.