Hi, I’m Jessica DiDominick. I am a senior at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, majoring in Radio-Television Producing.
I am originally from Elmhurst, IL. It’s a suburb of Chicago, about a 20 minute train ride.
My first job was at Fratellos. It’s a pizza place less than 500 steps from my front door. I started working there at the end of my sophomore year of high school. I continued working through my freshman year of college-picking up shifts when I was home on breaks. My job title was waitress, but I waited on tables, seated customers, took phone orders, and helped with deliveries when needed. I learned communication and people skills that I wouldn’t have been able to learn elsewhere.
Unfortunately for me and all the friends I made while working there including my co workers, the cooks, customers, and even the owner, being a waitress doesn’t necessarily help with my major. So at Drake I started working with Creative Services. I film for sporting events including football, volleyball, tennis, and basketball. I’ve learned many skills of filming by having this first hand experience. What I shoot is what everyone attending the game sees on the Jumbrotron and on our online stream to the website. I’ve also had experience streaming audio and running replays during the game and for online.
This past summer I interned at Fox Searchlight Studios in Los Angeles in their Marketing Creative Advertising Department. It was one of the best experiences of my life! I got to meet and work with so many great people who I’ve been able to keep in contact with! Spending the summer in Los Angeles was like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. Living and working in that kind of environment everyday was never anything short of exciting!
During my J-term, January 7th to January 23rd, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to study abroad in Barcelona, Spain! It was an exciting 17 days that I will never forget! I went with my best friend from school but I also met a lot of genuinely amazing people from all over the U.S! I wasn’t quite ready to come home, but I was excited to start my second semester classes.
For the summer of 2016 I am lucky enough to get to return to work in LA. I have two internships, one with Fox Tv Network in their Casting Department and also at mOcean, a trailer house.
In the future I hope to be working in my field and applying the video, audio, and production skills I’ve learned so far at Drake to my job. Hopefully living and working in either Des Moines, Chicago or Los Angeles.
Some fun facts about me:
- I have shadowed John Garcia from ABC7 Chicago News
- I met David Muir from World News Tonight when he was in Des Moines for the Iowa Caucuses
- My favorite artists include-Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Jay Z, Beyonce, and Kendrick Lamar
- I was a Line Producer for the Drake 2015 Relays, the Drake Relays are the largest student run broadcast