04: "Ask for Forgiveness, Not Permission" with Laura Youngkin
Ever dreamed of landing an elusive job at one of the world's most admired companies? Yeah, me too. In this episode, I got to find out exactly how Laura Youngkin, Creative Consultant, Founder of The Brave Millennial, and former Disney Imagineer did just that. Laura shared with us how her persistence has paid off time and time again in her career and explains how you too can get the job of your dreams.
Laura Youngkin is a theatrical producer and creative consultant with more than a decade of industry experience. Her interdisciplinary work stretches across off-Broadway theatre, live entertainment, large-scale attractions, branded experiences, classical opera, scripted and non-scripted television, independent film, advanced robotics, and development of original works.
Prior to owning her own creative practice, Laura was a Creative Producer & Imagineer at Walt Disney Imagineering, responsible for the development and production of attractions, live entertainment, and integrated guest experiences. She recently oversaw creative development and production for Na’vi River Journey, a new attraction coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom in 2017 as part of PANDORA: The World of [James Cameron’s] AVATAR. Separately, she has also developed projects with Walt Disney Creative Entertainment and Cirque du Soleil.
In addition to her creative work, Laura is passionate about several causes and recently served on a White House Committee for Michelle Obama’s educational initiative, Better Make Room. She also regularly guest-lectures on college campuses from coast to coast. In 2016, she created and self-produced The Brave Millennial, a research & storytelling project designed to better understand the collective workplace & personal experiences of millennial women across the U.S. Laura will be debuting her findings at the upcoming 2017 SXSW Conference in Austin.