FORMER Pleasure Point resident Shayne Evans has traded real estate for the bright lights of event management in Hollywood.
"I wanted a change in my life from the general sales jobs I had," Miss Evans said.
"I always wanted bigger things for myself in life and I thought, 'well Hollywood is as big as I can get'."
Miss Evans said Los Angeles was known to host some of the biggest and most best-known events in the world.
"This is the epitome of event management to me," she said.
"I wanted to be a part of all the action and excitement that LA has to offer."
Miss Evans said she discovered her love of event management after being called upon to organise work parties and functions.
"I knew I loved doing this and I wanted to make a career out of it.
"I spoke with mum and dad — and they helped me find the best education institute to pursue this dream."
Miss Evans decided to study at APM college.
"The thing that attracted me to APM was the small class sizes and personalised attention I would receive," she said.
"I had been to other universities and I was just a face in the crowd.
"Through my time at APM, we learnt the theoretical side of managing events and that was then all put into place through its work-placement program."
Miss Evans said she always thought her home town, Pleasure Point, as being one of the quietest suburbs in Sydney.
"We were very isolated from surrounding areas and as kids we had to make our own fun," she said.
"There were about five kids in the whole suburb so we were a very close group of friends. We rode our bikes through the bushland, swam in the Georges River, built cubby houses and basically came home muddy every day."
As a teen, she also danced with Sandy Point School of Dance, joined Moorebank Netball Club and Little Athletics at Liverpool.
"If you want something, work out the steps you need to take to get there . . . It takes hard work, dedication and a lot of patience."