My name is Jack McRee, and I graduated from Georgia Tech in May 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Literature, Media, and Communication.
When I was a kid, Disney vacations were an annual tradition for my family. Every summer we would load up the van and make the 8-hour drive from north Georgia to Orlando. From an early age, I fell in love with Disney’s world-class brand of storytelling through their films and immersive theme park experiences. As long as I can remember I have wanted to tell stories for a living, and I largely attribute that to my family’s vacations to the Walt Disney World Resort.
Fast-forward to 2012; I enrolled at Georgia Tech to continue my education and hopefully launch a career in film and television production. My time at Georgia Tech afforded me so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have been able to get anywhere else. I was fortunate enough to hold seven internships during my time at Tech. In 2013, I participated in the Disney College Program and fulfilled one of my lifelong dreams of working in one of Disney’s world-class theme parks as a Tour Guide at The Great Movie Ride. I remained a seasonal employee with the company through 2016, working a few hours over school breaks to maintain a relationship with the company (and maintain free park admission!). In addition to my Disney experience, I was able to work with the International Human Trafficking Institute, Melt Sports & Entertainment Marketing, LifeSprings Media, production companies in Atlanta and Orlando, and for the last two seasons I served as the personal photographer for Atlanta Falcons star running back Devonta Freeman. I also got research experience with LMC’s Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center (DILAC) and even more industry experience with LMC’s Creative Career Origination Lab (CoLab).
Through all of the experiences I was able to gain through Georgia Tech both inside and outside of the classroom, I had a pretty solid idea of what I wanted to do when I graduated in May 2017. I love on-set production, but I found through my classes and internships that I also have an interest in marketing and advertising, so I set out to find a job that combined these two passions; preferably through an in-house content production role for a company.
I started my job search in late 2016, applying for any video/content production role I could find. In January, I stumbled across what was quite possibly my dream role – a Content and Production Internship with Disney’s Yellow Shoes Creative Group, their in-house full-service advertising agency. I submitted an application, thinking of how incredible of an opportunity that would be to start my career doing exactly what I want to do for one of my favorite companies. Almost three months later, I was surprised to receive a phone call from a Disney recruiter indicating their interest in speaking to me regarding the position. The next Monday I found myself on a video interview with four producers from Yellow Shoes. They were impressed with my resume and asked questions about my production experience and my time at Tech. The interview was scheduled for thirty minutes but we wound up talking for almost forty-five minutes before they had to leave for another meeting. I felt great about the interview, but nonetheless couldn’t keep my head from spinning for the rest of the week thinking about what I wish I would’ve added or said differently. That Friday I received another call from a recruiter asking me some additional questions, before officially offering me the position. I accepted on the spot.
I am so excited to say that in June I will be joining the Content and Production team at Yellow Shoes. The team produces all the advertising content for any of the Disney Destinations around the world. This includes everything from television commercials, to web promos, special episodes of television shows, features on championship sports teams when they visit the parks, and the annual Christmas Day Parade. I couldn’t imagine a more exciting finishing touch to what I can only describe as an incredible time at Georgia Tech. I can’t thank everyone enough for getting me to this point, my friends and family, Georgia Tech, my professors and colleagues in LMC, and everyone who gave me a chance to learn and help tell their story to this point. I can’t wait to help tell the stories of the Disney brand. Here’s to the next adventure.