Jackie Gibson (she/her)

Major(s): Music Industry

Minor(s): Entrepreneurship and Professional and Managerial Communications

Class of 2025

Hometown: Austin, TX

USC Organizations: Trojan Marching Band, 840 West Records, American Marketing Association, Annenberg TV Network, Themed Entertainment Association

What is your favorite place on campus and why?

Top floor of Fertitta Hall – there’s a view of downtown, and it makes me feel like I’m the CEO of the biggest and best company in the world.

What is your go-to place for a delicious snack/meal on or around campus?

Trader Joe’s – you just can’t go wrong!

What is your favorite thing about Los Angeles?

My favorite thing about LA is its versatility. Nowhere else in the world is there a robust corporate city, vast beaches, tons of hiking trails, an entertainment sector of this scale, and snowy mountains all in the same place. Anything anyone wants to do, they can do it here. It’s the best environment to dream huge.

What advice would you share with students applying to music schools right now?

Network. Get to know every single professor/faculty member you audition for even if you know you won’t end up going to their school in the end. Show that you care, and good things will come your way. Half of being a professional musician is about maintaining connections, so be a good person and soak up every bit of knowledge about people that you can.

Why did you choose USC Thornton?

Aside from the fact that it’s located in arguably the biggest music scene in the world, I chose USC Thornton because of the collaborative environment it offers and the type of people that come here. I actually started out my time at USC as a neuroscience major, but I quickly realized that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pursue my real passions in Thornton. I saw friends and peers doing tons of gigs and actually following their dreams, and after taking an intro to music industry class my freshman year, I knew it was the thing for me. Everyone really does want to help each other, and the classes do a great job of setting you up to meet others outside of your major who you’ll work with down the line in a professional setting. The professors will help connect you directly with people in the field, and they genuinely care about your success. I’ve been able to flourish so much and actually do the things I love.