Don't be scared to throw your work on the world wide web! I always thought my work wasn't professional or good enough, a quite common thought at Art Uni, I think. In the end, you shouldn't overthink doing this; just get your work out there and it might open some interesting doors!
I studied International Business before going to the Art Academy. After two years I was done with all the economics and I knew I wanted to do 'something creative', but had absolutely no clue about what the field of graphic design entailed! It took me two years before I started to understand what I was doing and what the possibilities were. Graphic design sometimes is still seen in a very traditional way, as if it's all about creating logos and business cards. I think there are so many paths within graphic design that can and have to be explored! Currently, I'm definitely not focusing on one thing: I'm doing branding projects, a lot of 3D illustrations and animations and still like to work more in fun set design/art direction too!
A while ago I read this amazing quote by Debbie Millman and I couldn't agree more. "You don't need the confidence, you just need the courage! You can either feel safe and bored or challenged and scared, but you can't be safe and challenged." I try to implement this way of thinking in everything I do. Be brave, fearless, a risk-taker, always positive and eager! It will be terrifying at times but it will give you opportunities for a lifetime.
I live in Groningen, which is in the north of the Netherlands. It isn't exactly the heart of the design world, but it does have many creative events going on! I recently lived in London for just three months and it comes as no surprise that the number of design events were endless, amazing!
When it comes to who I'd like to work for, I'd rather have dream briefs than dream companies! Obviously I'd like to work together with companies like Nike, or create pieces for the New Yorker for example, but in the end it's more about what kind of work you'll be able to do than who it’s for!
I would love to have my own design studio, working for a diverse range of companies and a variety of work as well. I don't want to settle down for just one discipline. There are so many fields that I love and I can't imagine myself working in just one of them, because I'm always either crazy focused or easily distracted and bored. Challenging myself and working in different types of disciplines and projects keeps me going, happy and enthusiastic!
2019 already blows my mind: I've been to New Zealand, lived in London, went to Mexico and I’ll visit New York City soon and on career level it has already opened so many massive doors for me, including working with Snask, Man VS Machine, Intern Magazine and The New York Times, let's hope (and believe!) that this is just the beginning of a fruitful year! Wow, that's a long sentence!