Name: Bill King
Company: Movieland Wax Museum
Thumbs up: "I've always had the ambition of being able to make a living as a full-time artist. I have a good deal of freedom here and a good deal of challenge at the same time. What I do gets reviewed by tens of thousands of critics. I enjoy the challenge and the technical aspect--the whole process, the mold making, the materials that go into it. When we conceive of these figures, we try and capture some drama." Thumbs down: "Every so often you get a personality who just will not cooperate or be specific about what they're not finding in your work."
Next step: "Movieland's management is always looking for new attractions to develop. Our Ripley's exhibits are significantly different. I'm very interested in amusements and popular entertainment. Right now, I'm very involved in perfecting what I'm doing--trying to get faster at what I do and getting closer to a lifelike likeness. From there I'd like to do more design and more planning of entertainment centers."
Advice: "It's a very exacting market. You'll find opportunities in the oddest and most unexpected places. It's best if you don't just select one thing in which you're interested; branch out and get as many skills as possible. It's extremely important to get a good grounding in accurate portrayal of nature and materials and processes. You never know what's going to be useful."