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Dominique Vazquez
Digital communication media major

How do you make the leap from movie nut to movie maker? Digital communication media major Dominique Vazquez is diving in head first.

Real from the start

From her earliest video production class, where she made a gang-intervention clip for the local Boys and Girls club, she’s graduated to a global scale. Now she’s documenting a Tokyo-to-San Francisco swim as an editing intern for The Swim scientific expedition at AltaSea.

“My role is to let the world know what the swimmer and scientists are doing,” she says. “The secret is to make it feel personal so that people can relate.”

She works with a team of editors, gathering footage and meeting weekly to collaborate at AltaSea’s waterfront location. The experience is giving her the client service skills she needs to thrive as a freelance editor or producer.

“This career field is not like a 9 to 5 job,” she says. “Even if you don’t get along with a client, you still have to deliver. The most important thing for me was working with an actual client. You need that experience.”

My role is to let the world know what the swimmer and scientists are doing. The secret is to make it feel personal so that people can relate.

Setting her sights on a dream career

She’s also getting a double dose of career readiness in her Careers in the Arts course. She’s learning how to future-proof herself — thinking about the various ways she can position her career and build a network across the industry.

With a firm grounding in the Adobe Creative Suite — and her portfolio of client experiences from Marymount — she can pursue web design, photography, film and other careers.

But her dream is editing for a major studio like Warner Brothers. With Hollywood right next door, she’s got a good shot.