Tinkering with toys might not sound like a solid way to make a living, but that's because you haven't met James Wilson. He's a Master Model Builder for the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas-Fort Worth, and yes, gets paid to make impressive Lego creations.
James is responsible for making tons of Lego models and designing big public projects. He uses his own creativity along with a computer design program that allows him to bring in as many bricks as he needs and see exactly how they can fit together to make a work of art.
One such project was the massive mosaic on the outside walls of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas-Fort Worth. James took an image and was able to break it down brick by brick. He then went around the area and had kids piece together portions of the picture. Almost 82,000 bricks later, an incredible pirate themed mosaic was made with the help of the general public.
James became a Master Model Builder by winning a Brick Factor competition where he and a few other hopefuls created models. His model was the most creative and he was awarded the job. Now his primary occupation and his favorite hobby are one in the same. James is now spurring on the next generation of brick builders with the LEGOLAND Discovery Center's Creative Crew. It's a group of 6 to 10-year-olds that get the chance to learn special tips and tricks from a Master Model Builder tips and tricks, as well as attend special events.
To check it out for your self, visit LegolandDiscoveryCenter.com.