Alumni Q&A: Entertainment Event Promotion

  • Mary Bakshiyeva
  • Class of 2015
Mary Bakshiyeva

As an LIM student, Mary explored her career options by interning—including at Comedy Central. She made the move from styling to entertainment and now works for a big event promotion / entertainment company in California, managing ticketing for major concert tours.

Why did you choose LIM?
The amazing internship program. It gives you a head start in the workforce and stacks up so many experiences on your resume before you're even halfway through college.

What’s happening in your career now? 
I'm a Director of Ticketing at Live Nation Entertainment. In a nutshell, I help manage ticketing for our North American music tours. This includes providing support for artist clients, managing tour inventory, and supporting our internal teams to ensure successful ticket sales.

How did LIM help you get where you are today?
As cliché as it sounds, every minute I spent at LIM helped shape where I am today. I originally thought I wanted to be a stylist to the stars! My internship experiences led me to switch gears to entertainment—for example, I got to be a Talent Intern at Comedy Central.

Without the internship program, I couldn't have explored all my options. Each internship gave me a chance to be sure about what I wanted to do. And every class I took taught me job skills I use every day in my career: how to network, how to write a professional email, how to speak with clients, etc.

What advice would you give someone considering a career in your field?
Regardless what industry you're in, the concept of "It's not what you know, it's who you know" definitely applies. What you learn academically is absolutely important, but the connections you make and the “hands you shake” are essential as well. Every internship or job I've gotten have all been through networking and staying in touch with my connections over the years.

What career accomplishment are you most proud of?
I recently wrapped working on a historical tour for Maná, a Mexican pop rock band. While the tour itself was a huge deal for everyone, the band sold out seven record-breaking shows at The Forum in Los Angeles. It was such an amazing experience and I could not be prouder to have worked on it.