Rockhampton girl living her dream in the USA's golden state
RUBBING shoulders with some of Hollywood's hottest A-list celebrities is all in a day's work for Rockhampton's Claire Barclay.
The former Rockhampton girl is quite literally living the Californian dream as an events assistant for Film Independent in LA.
It's an opportunity that has enabled her to see stars up close such as Sofia Vergara, Kristen Stewart and funny man Will Ferrell.
Claire, 22, said she moved to the US in August and now called Hollywood home.
"I studied a double bachelor program at Griffith University in events management and marketing which led to working in the States during the holidays last year as a special event associate at Sundance," she said.
"I knew I wanted to go back as soon as I had graduated so that's what I did.
"In January I was living in Salt Lake City, Utah, and again worked at the Sundance Film Festival. I then moved to LA to work at Film Independent and I also assisted in producing at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
"There are so many things I love about my job; I get to combine two of my passions, events and film.
"The best thing about working in events is no one day of work is the same and I also get to work with new celebrities every week. A few of my favourites have been Kristen Stewart, Will Ferrell and Sofia Vergara."
The former Rockhampton Grammar School student said she loved everything about Hollywood but missed Rockhampton.
"It's still very surreal having to walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame to get to the grocery store," she said.
"I am loving travelling USA and living in some amazing adoptive homes but Rocky will always be a very special home to me."