What did you study?

I first studied journalism, followed by marketing. I very much enjoyed journalism because of its practice-oriented subjects that were taught by lecturers with a great deal of experience. Marketing was less my cup of tea because I felt for the most part that the course was a lot of hot air. But I didn’t want to start working yet, so I went ahead and finished my degree. These days, I get to use both my degrees in my work: these days, I get to use both my degrees in my work, namely selling inspiring texts that in turn, allow customers to conquer the world.

What did you do in your previous jobs?

I spent a year at Villeroy & Boch and then more than ten years at 3Plus, in the graphics sector. So I can’t really claim that my career has been adventurous. I’m not a job hopper at all. I’d rather create a role with my existing employer in which I can do the things I’m good at, benefiting both parties.

How did you end up at Blue Lines?

Despite what I just said about job hopping, I still wanted to change jobs in early 2016. I was about to sign a contract with another graphics company and asked Stef what he thought of the terms. “Not bad,” he said, “but I think you’d be better off at Blue Lines.” After briefly weighing up the pros and cons, I joined Team Blue.

What do you think of your job?

I’m always happy to come to work. I have great colleagues, which really is an important motivating factor for me. I have a dream job in terms of my tasks as well, because working with content is absolutely my thing. Activating and moving people with words is what I like doing best. I really believe you can achieve anything with language. It’s the most powerful tool in the world, and the most beautiful one too.

What are your hobbies?

Reading and running, which are two activities that briefly take me out of everyday reality. They’re great for helping me to relax and unwind, and I couldn’t do without either of them.

What motivates you?

Beauty, stories, love, meaning, dreams. They are one reason why art and culture should be considered much more important in our society. If you remove that extra dimension, there’s nothing left but a hard, cruel world.

What kinds of things are still on your bucket list?

I still want to write a story and a theatre play. I truly adore words. And people too. The world is full of meaning I want to touch people with the beauty of language. I’d also like to go to Japan. Japanese nature, culture, and cuisine attract me tremendously. And I also like the idea of growing old: baking pancakes for a bunch of grandchildren, enjoying the slow life, growing plants, doing voluntary work, collecting more and more life stories… I’ve got an old soul.

Is there a question (about your character) that we can’t ask you?

Whether I’m tolerant? I can be pretty intolerant, especially when it comes to noise. I have a hard time dealing with loud people. Why use so many decibels when you could do with less? I also avoid people who take up a lot of space. A psychologist would say this stems from my secret desire to take up more space myself. I am relatively quiet and introverted, so yeah, who knows? But I like being inside my head. It’s full of stories in there!

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