Twenty Questions with Clara-Jane Follas
Welcome To Twenty Questions!
Every week I’ll be sharing a new twenty-something on the blog and their responses to twenty quick-fire, intimate questions. No one featured on Twenty Questions is a celebrity or public figure, and most of these people I don’t know very well, or at all. My hope is that by taking a peek into someone else’s soul you will realise that, despite our fundamental differences, we still have similar insecurities, make similar mistakes and have fought similar battles to become the people we are today.
What is your full name?
Clara-Jane Follas. Aka. Clara, CJ, Claz, Pasty.
How old are you?
How old do you feel?
Twenty-five. Although occasionally two, during those times when I want to be spoon-fed and have zero responsibility.
Where were you born, and where do you live now?
Born and live in Auckland.
What do you do for work?
I’m a writer at Denizen magazine.
What do you do for fun?
Eating and spending time with friends and family is fun. Combined, even better. I also thoroughly enjoy a good dress-up party.
Did you go to university? If so, what did you study? If not, why?
I did, briefly. I studied law and arts before moving to Spain for an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. I returned home to finish the degree at the beginning of last year, but then another door opened. So many doors.
What is your favourite movie of all time?
There could never be just the one. The Notebook, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Mrs Doubtfire… to name a few.
What is the biggest risk you have ever taken that has paid off?
Dropping out of university and moving to Spain. It opened up so many opportunities (read: doors) and has most definitely helped shape who I am today.
Hardest moment of your twenties so far?
I feel like I haven’t reached that hurdle yet.
Best moment of your twenties so far?
Moving overseas and travelling the world by boat for a few years. By far, the most incredible and most eye-opening time of my life. I’ve also gathered a pretty solid collection of stories to keep the grandkids entertained.
Who do you miss?
My grandma. The kindest woman I have ever known, who was utterly oblivious to anyone’s faults. She could make you feel like you could be and do absolutely anything in the world.
What do you like the most about yourself?
My loyalty, ambition and incredibly sarcastic humour.
What do you like the least about yourself?
My inability to make decisions. Also my tan, or lack thereof.
If you had to get a tattoo, what would you get and where would you get it? If you already have tattoos, which is your favourite and why?
I don’t have any tattoos, but if I had to, I would take inspiration from someone I know.
I know that doesn’t answer the question, but I’m crippled by indecision and would never be able to choose.
How would your friends describe you?
I asked a few, and this is what I got, “honest, witty, loyal, sharp, kind and ambitious.” Also “doesn’t mind a feed”. Very true.
How would your parents describe you?
Straight from the horse’s mouth: “fun, loyal, hard-working and still at home.”
When was the last time you cried?
A couple of days ago. I enjoy a good cry — it’s very therapeutic.
What are you afraid of?
Not knowing what I want to do with my life, which then causes me to worry about not knowing. Maybe I worry too much.
If you could start your twenties again, what would you do differently?
Travel first, then study. I think if I had done that, I probably wouldn’t have studied law at all. Hindsight is a beautiful thing, and that’s all it should be. Life is like one of those terribly spelt ‘no regerts’ tattoos — sometimes you make mistakes, but for the most part, it’s a bloody good time.