Santa Hiring at Los Angeles Film School

Los Angeles Film SchoolFor the final session of my Survey of the Video Game Industry class, I conduct mock job interviews with my students to give them a taste of what it is like to interview for a job at a game company. Usually I pretend to be an Activision recruiter because: 1) I used to be an Activision producer; and 2) many of our students get hired by the company. However, since our final class was held late in December — on a Saturday night, no less, I decided to do something a little different.

I told the class that a “special guest” would be conducting the mock interview later in the evening. When they returned from their dinner break, this is who they saw waiting for them.

Santa at Los Angeles Film School

Santa had made a special trip down from the North Pole to interview each of them for a toy tester position. Each student answered all of Santa’s questions earnestly, and for their reward, each received a candy cane.

Why go through such silliness in a college class. Well, the game industry is full of stress and responsibility, but I never want them to forget that it also should be fun — otherwise, what’s the point?

Have yourself a Merry Christmas!

 

 

About David Mullich

I am a video game producer who has worked at Activision, Disney, Cyberdreams, EduWare, The 3DO Company and the Spin Master toy company. I am currently a game design and production consultant, a game design instructor at ArtCenter College of Design, board member of the International Game Developers Association's Los Angeles chapter, and co-creator of the Boy Scouts of America Game Design Merit Badge. At the 2014 Gamification World Congress in Barcelona, I was rated the 14th ranking "Gamification Guru" in social media.

Posted on December 23, 2013, in Career Advice, Game Education. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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