The Imaginary Interview
As we were driving home from Disney World I thought to myself, “how could I land a job writing for Disney?” My wife and daughter were both zonked out as I drove into the late hours, and that gave me about four hours to think.
I knew that my chances of pulling it off the next day were approaching zero. But for some reason, I let myself play through the scenario in my head.
I don’t have a clue how interviews for writing jobs at Disney work. I would imagine that one of the questions they is “what is your favorite Disney movie or show?” The obvious follow-up question is, “how could you make that better?”
It’s a weighty question, isn’t it? How could you make this thing that you like even better? It’s even harder if you consider the show or movie more of a love than a like.
But it’s a helpful question at the same time. It forces you to step outside of being a fan and examine what’s going on both in respect to plot and character development.
I pushed myself to think through those questions and give an answer right there in the car. I didn’t have time to plan ahead, I just went with it. I mocked an interview and assessed my own answers.
But it’s amazing what your brain can do when you’re just thrown into that line of questions. You can’t expect award-winning responses, because crafting something that strong takes time and thought. But then, it also might surprise you how well you can do with it.