MONTROSE student Chloe Cowan had an unrivalled view of this year’s London Olympics after landing the job of casting assistant and artist liaison for the opening and closing ceremonies.
A third year Broadcast Media student at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA), Chloe (25) worked with stars including Rihanna, Jessie J, Danny Boyle and Coldplay during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
She said: “It’s been my dream to work on an Olympic ceremony since 2000 when my dad recorded the Sydney ceremonies. I remember watching them over and again so I felt so lucky to be one of 40 staff to work on London 2012.
“I got a unique view of a global event and met some of the biggest stars in the world, as well as members of the Royal Family and Michelle Obama. I still can’t believe that it all happened.”
Chloe applied for a Games Maker role three years ago and, as her CV was packed with experience in interviewing film stars for magazines, as a published author and contributor to broadcast media, she was invited to work for the team that organised the ceremonies.
As a casting assistant Chloe’s duties included attending cast auditions earlier in the year, doing call-backs, editing audition tapes for Danny Boyle and, during the live ceremony, assisting the cast members on set.
She said: “The atmosphere was just amazing, electric, I really felt like I was in the best place on the planet that night.
“The reception from the public and the media after was astounding too. When I woke the next day I didn’t want to read the papers, however I needn’t have worried because it was received so well.”
Chloe was then promoted to Artist Liaison for the closing ceremony where she was in charge of looking after stars, such as Jay-Z and The Spice Girls and has led to some potential job offers.
She said: “I’ve been offered some exciting opportunities, including a potential job on Downton Abbey, casting for a film director and artist liaison for a singer. I’ve thought about working for the Commonwealth Games or Winter Olympics but right now, I’m putting all of my efforts into finishing my degree.”