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Claire Monaghan
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Name: Claire Monaghan
Gender: Female
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Aurora High School
Hobbies and Interests: Film, Television, Pop Culture, Internet, Criticism, Debate, Jogging

Appearance: Claire is a fairly average looking girl. She stands at 5'6” and weighs roughly 135 pounds, giving her some slight fat on her chest. Her arms and legs are fairly long and lanky, although this is mostly obvious if she is wearing clothing that exposes her arms and legs. All the time she has spent online has strained her eyesight a bit, and given her a sort of hunch on her back. None of these problems have been too detrimental to her health since she stays on top of her exercise and diet regiment, although she has a slight addiction to caffeine.

Claire has small golden brown eyes and wheat colored hair that lays straight down, reaching around mid-back, past her shoulder blades. Her dark arched eyebrows tend to be hidden behind messy bangs. Her clothing tends to be very casual. She will usually wear t-shirts with some movie quote or popular character on it. Claire rarely wears skirts, preferring simple blue jeans. She also tends to wear a denim jacket over her shirts. Most of the time, she will also wear a brown beret, only taking it off if she is in a professional setting. She also began wearing glasses in ninth grade, although her eyesight isn't bad enough for glasses. She found some glasses at a pharmacy and thought they made her look cool.

Biography: Claire Emilia Monaghan was born July 18th, 1994, in Seattle Washington. Her parents are Donna, a divorce attorney, and Patrick, a cardiologist. Claire is the third of four children. Her eldest sister, Emma, is twenty-four and is an elementary school art teacher in Tacoma. Her older brother, Mason, is twenty-one and is studying Animal Science at Washington State University. Her younger sister, Jessica, is fourteen and a Freshman at Aurora High School.

Donna and Patrick knew that having a large Presbyterian family and balancing two high paying but time consuming jobs might strain their relationships with each other and their children. They always made sure to pay attention to the lives and needs of their children. Both Donna and Patrick would ensure that their family always ate dinner together and that their children were properly cared for but not spoiled, since the Monaghans are a fairly wealthy family. Being a cardiologist, Patrick always made sure his children were in proper health, taking family jogs in parks and neighborhoods while also watching their diets.

Donna and Patrick also realized that they should encourage their children in the fields that interest them and prepare them for the future. When they saw that Emma was really interested in art, they signed her up for art classes and took her to museums. When Mason expressed interest in caring for animals, they got him to volunteer at a local animal shelter and intern at a local veterinarian office in high school. When Claire was eleven, she finally made it clear what she wanted to do with her life: she wanted to make movies.

Before her passion for film, Claire's early life had been characterized by lots of talking and trivia. Claire was always interested in learning and sharing what she learned with others, even if the people already knew that fact. She caught a showing of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train on TV one night and was fascinated. Her parents had channels like HBO, Cinemax, and Turner Classic Movies, so Claire would usually situate herself in front of the TV on Friday and Saturday nights to see the films they had to show. To encourage her interest in film, her parents bought her a video camera for Christmas when she was twelve, and Claire began her filmmography.

Claire began to make various types of movies for her family and friends. Most of them were short films that featured her siblings or friends doing simple acts like running across a beach. She even helped Emma with a piece of performance art by filming Emma as she made a sculpture and then using video effects to play with the footage. When Mason showed Claire YouTube, she began to upload her videos online with the intent of showing the world her style.

It was also around this time that Claire began to get really involved with the internet. Aside from YouTube, Claire began to explore websites that could enrich her education. After school, Claire could be found surfing sites like Wikipedia, IMDB, That Guy with the Glasses, TvTropes, Tumblr, The A.V. Club, 4Chan, and more. If it could teach Claire more about film and offer suggestions for her to watch, she was all over it.

Going into high school, Claire continued to develop her love of film by getting involved in other subjects while staying on course in school. Claire would continuously earn straight-A's in all her subjects. Even though Claire has a habit of absorbing and releasing strange trivia and facts, it helped her learn quickly and efficiently, so she could consistently maintain her GPA.

Aside from academics, Claire found herself in other clubs to help with her interests. She joined Film Club to meet people with interests similar to her and debate subjects. She also joined the newspaper to write current movie reviews, most of which were edited and refined versions of the reviews she would post on her Tumblr account. She joined Debate Team because it helped her with public speaking. She also enjoyed being able to discuss topics dealing with media and freedom of speech. Claire was also hired as the assistant director for Ford's Production of Les Miserables. She also had a brief stint in Fashion Club, but got all she needed from there and left it. Claire tends to not get too involved in school clubs because she would like to focus her abilities on subjects she would prefer, which is why she didn't join track team although she could run a mile in five minutes.

As for friends, Claire has many. Claire is a very outgoing and social person, so she tends to befriend people easily. Aside from being close with fellow Film Club members, she is also on good terms with Amy Bachelor and Donald McCormac. She has a one-sided crush on Film Club member Jack McDonald, although she has tried to get Jack to notice her. She figures she ought to try and make him realize his feelings for her, so she tries to be a good friend and hopes that he wants to pursue a relationship with her.

However, due to her personality, there are some people who don't like Claire, and not just the anonymous YouTube trolls who post dumb comments to her movies. There are some people who prefer to avoid Claire because of her eccentric personality as some find her kind of annoying. Others simply think she is a pretentious filmmaker.

At home, Claire is close to her sister Jessica. Jessica didn't find a niche like her siblings, so for the most part, Jessica has latched onto Claire and aided in her filmmaking. With her older siblings, Claire is on pretty good terms with them. Emma may live out of town, but she's always interested in calling and talking to her about her life. Claire is much closer to Mason than Emma, as Mason introduced her to most of the websites she is fond of, and they would share anything they could find online. Claire is on good terms with her parents, although she tends to mostly see them at dinner and other family activities.

Claire usually locks herself in her room when she is home from school, surfing the internet, studying for school, or editing a movie. Her late night habits have also given her an addiction to caffeine, as she keeps a coffee pot in her bedroom and can burn through several cups of coffee each day. She also began taking Adderall in 11th grade to help with her hyperactivity, giving her a slight addiction to the drug. She has forgotten to take it at times, resulting in periods of insomnia. As an additional brain stimulant, she would run on her father's treadmill for extended periods of time in an attempt to come up with a movie idea or a plot twist.

Ever since her Sophomore year, Claire has shown interest in the Seattle Young Filmmakers Festival. She is currently making her third attempt in the contest. Her first attempt was a romantic comedy called Charlotte, which unfortunately didn't get her any awards. Her second attempt, a thriller called Underneath Our Feet, won awards for the cinematography and writing, earning her a scholarship for $5000 combined. This year, she made a drama based on a SOTF fanfiction she wrote called Friends to the End and got some of her classmates involved in hopes to win some scholarship money.

Claire is considering going to NYU, USC, or UCLA for film school and becoming a director. Claire also began to capitalize on her filmmaking by offering her services to some of her classmates. Her costs usually depend on how many days she has to film and how many other people she brings in to work on the project. In her small business, she has helped make music videos for Gabby Parker and filmed sporting events, application videos, and a few other projects people have asked her to aid in.

Advantages: Claire is a very social person, so she might have a lot of people interested in allying with her. Her obsession with film has also given her the ability to understand tropes and read people. Her family's jogging regiment has helped her become fairly good at running. Debate team has also taught her to be a good speaker, so she might be able to argue and talk down others.
Disadvantages: Some people might find her annoying, and not want to put up with her referencing movies and stuff. She also is only good at running and lacks physical strength and any fighting skills. Her addiction to caffeine and Adderall might also cause her to undergo withdrawal and experience some issues as well.
Edited by Laurels, Jan 20 2012, 11:56 PM.
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Well, this actually didn't take me too long.

Okay, Claire's almost through, being temporarily Denied for the time being because of one little thing.

You mention that she takes Adderall to act as a brain stimulant, which is great, and it's listed in her disadvantages which is just fantastic, but there's nothing in the bio itself that actually takes note of the fact that she has an addiction, just that she takes it. Nor does it cover any of the very real detrimental effects constantly taking Adderall might have on somebody.

Add a bit there and Claire should be ready to go.
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Edited! I'm so glad this was the only issue.
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