Schoolgirl Abigail Comrie will have a holiday tale with a difference to tell classmates at Larbert High when they return next week.
While many have enjoyed trips to foreign cities and beaches, and others stayed closer to home, the 14-year-old jetted off to Hollywood where she mingled with the stars and even took part in filming in a proper LA studio.
The youngster was one of only five talented Scots selected from hundreds who auditioned for the chance to join in a week-long course at the Celebrity Talent Academy.
As well as taking part in acting classes where she had a chance to learn the tricks of the trade from experts, she also made a film which will be used to showcase her acting ability.
This week, Abigail, of Larbert, said the whole experience had been an eye-opener about the industry, but also made her more determined to follow her chosen career path in acting.
She said: “I learned a lot and I think it has made me more confident. I had two call backs from American agents when I was there and now I’m waiting to hear from them. I’ve also to send my film reel off when it has been edited so hopefully there might be interest from that.”
Mum Larraine McVeigh, who accompanied her on the trip, said it was an exciting experience but also gave a true reflection of the industry. She said: “The day they were filming in Studio Six at Universal there was a lot of waiting about, first getting hair and make-up done, and then doing the filming. I think that was to let them realise what it is really like and things don’t happen quickly.”
As well as daily acting classes at the Universal City Hilton and the filming, there was a red-carpet dinner in the hotel’s ballroom, attended by all the would-be actors and their parents.
Abigail added: “We also got to meet some famous people, including Corbin Bleu and Caroline Sunshine, as well as lots of others from ABC Studios.”
But after the glitz of Tinseltown her priorities for now are studying for her Highers and continuing as a pupil at Stenhouse School of Dance.