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Lydia Granahan

Major: Event Management



Company/Organization: The Academy of Country Music
Company/Organization website: https://www.acmcountry.com/
Destination: Los Angeles CA
Timeframe: Spring

Advisor/Coordinator Email: rmcclain@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
This events internship includes assisting the events team with planning and executing many facets of the ACM Awards and Party for a Cause Events. You will be exposed to production, signage, food and beverage, master schedule, merchandise, sponsor fulfillment, office set up, credentials, red carpet, talent, volunteers, fan activations, and ancillary events at MGM Grand Garden arena and other venues.

I accomplished...
So far I have had many career changing experiences, but the most significant one was working as a Talent Coordinator and Production Assistant for a benefit concert we put on. Once the show concluded, we received many comments about the smoothness and seamlessness of our show. While it was not all my doing, I feel very proud to have been apart of it.

I learned...
It is very easy to take power to the head and forget the position that you really sit it. When given the position I had for the benefit concert, I became too confident in what I was doing and was too proud to ask questions. Inevitably, a question surfaced that I could not answer and needed to remember that I am still very new to this industry. With that, working with artists, it can be difficult to not be in awe over people that you have seen in concert and all over the media. It is very important in music events to set their name aside and treat them like a professional working together to complete the same event.

Advice for others...
Take every chance you come upon. Freshman year, just after switching into events, I found out about the volunteer program for the ACM Awards. I decided to apply and ended up working at the awards show that year. Without that experience, I am not sure I could have been given the opportunity to intern for them. Too many people get caught up in being comfortable, but at this stage in our lives, comfortability is a barrier to growth. In order to mature into a young professional and improve personally, you need to make yourself uncomfortable; put yourself out there, step out of your comfort zone.

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