How do you explore nonperformance careers in the entertainment industry?
Digital communication major Thea Domingo landed a hyper-competitive internship with the Grammys, where she met last year’s nominees — from the director of La La Land to the songwriter behind 30+ Top 10 hits.
“It’s hard not to be starstruck,” Thea says about meeting Jeff Hurwitz and Diane Warren. “But even when you recognize them, you need to be professional: ‘I’m sorry, your name?’”
One of her big Grammy duties was helping with the nominee reception. The event congratulates LA-area artists on their nominations for the industry’s most-coveted awards. Thea greeted guests at check-in and floated where needed.
When she landed the internship, she said people joked, “‘Wait, you’re going to a small school like Marymount, and you got this kind of internship? How did this even happen?’”
Nudged to greatness
How did she get the courage to try for the Grammy internship? Her professor nudged her to just go for it.
For Thea, that’s a familiar rallying cry at Marymount. She jumped right into campus leadership during her first semester as a student worker. Then she branched out as a peer advisor, president of the Drama Club and the Music Professionals group, and an admissions ambassador who led campus tours and fielded questions from prospective students. She even studied in Germany.
“Was I a leader in high school? I was one of those trying-to-bes. But I didn’t quite understand how to handle leadership,” she says. “I saw what Marymount had to offer outside the classroom. At Marymount, there were opportunities that guided me through leadership — but in a way also just threw me into a boat and hoped that I would make it back home!”
Now she’s interning at the Disneyland Resort and exploring nonprofit roles in entertainment. Programs like the Recording Academy’s MusicCares, which assists musicians through financial setbacks or health issues, or Disney’s VoluntEARS program, which coordinates community service events for its employees, are right up her alley.