Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dominic Grijalva

Dominic Grijalva parlayed social media interactions with Lin-Manuel Miranda, an idol of his, into a job as a freelance designer for Tee-Rico, Miranda’s official artist merchandise site. 

An in-depth article in 99U details how this relationship developed over time between the Fresno State graphic design student Dominic Grijalva and the creator of “Hamilton.” 99U is a website that aims to empower the creative community. 

“As a fellow Latino actor, I was inspired by his work and excited to see what he’d do next,” Grijalva said in the 99U article. “I really liked that Miranda engaged with his social media followers, and would reply or comment to posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. Occasionally, he would respond to me, and I always wondered if he knew who I was.”

Poster for 12 Angry MenGrijalva found out the answer was yes several years later. Read Jacqueline Lara’s 99U article in its entirety here.

Grijalva, 24, won a 2016 Fresno Advertising Federation Student Addy Award in the Best of Show for Students category for a poster he designed promoting the Selma Arts Center production of “12 Angry Men” (photo at right). His design went on to the Addy regional and national awards.

Grijalva plans to graduate in December 2017. His designs can be viewed on his website. In the 99U article, he says his dream job would be to work for SpotCo, an advertising firm that handles marketing and branding for Broadway shows.