Bruin Career Insights
Produced by UCLA Alumni Affairs, The Bruin Career Insights series features distinguished alumni in a unique Q & A style discussion covering a variety of professional development topics to provide insight into specific professions, industries or skill sets. As a live series on YouTube, those watching have the opportunity to ask their own questions during the livestream. Past topics have included breaking into the entertainment industry, gaining insight into launching a start-up and preparing for your best interview.
THE POWER OF PERSEVERANCE
The drive to succeed can shape every aspect of our lives, especially our career. Scott Sakamoto ’00 knows this well. He’s a production supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios. When he realized his passion was in feature animation – though he had no experience in it – he set a goal and pursued it relentlessly. He even went as far as calling the Head of Story for the movie “Monsters Inc” every day for months just to get the advice he needed to follow his dream.
In this installment of Bruin Career Insights, Scott details his journey transitioning from sports marketing towards Disney animation. He’ll share the many lessons he learned along the way about career open-mindedness, tapping into your network and the power of perseverance.