I was born on the third of august in 1990 and grew up on a farm in a small village in Friesland, a province in the north of the Netherlands, where my parents had a store in furniture and worked as interior designers.
As a kid I enjoyed being by myself and just create. I started drawing and painting when I was very small. When I was around twelve years old, I fell in love with photography. I bought a small camera and started photographing myself and my sister and then photoshopped it so it would look more professional. On my sixteenth I bought my first professional mirror reflex photocamera and started photographing friends and family. I got noticed and photography became not only my biggest passion but also my weekend job.
Not only did I love to make pictures, by painting or making photo's, I also enjoyed writing stories. As a kid I wanted to be a writer and thought I had to study journalism to achieve that. So when I was 18 and graduated from middle school, I began studying journalism. I liked it, but I couldn't really express myself in it. I wanted to do something more creative, which made me move to Brussels, Belgium, to study Audiovisual Arts at the film academy.
I made several short films during my studies at the Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound (RITCS) that made me decide that therapeutic films suited me best. I love how a film can make people think about their lives in a different way and can even help them cope with their problems.
During my filmstudies I did a course in Psychology to better understand the human mind and to be able to write more interesting characters.
I graduated with my Bachelor in 2013 and did a Masters Degree in Screenwriting, also at the RITCS. During this year I wrote a feature film about a young woman searching for her own identity, while getting obsessed with someone elses personality.
After I graduated for my Masters in 2014 I did some internships in
the film- and television industry, starting as a screenwriters assistent at Ciné Cri de Coeur in Antwerp. I learned a lot about writing treatments, building up characters and structures. Then I was an Assistent Producer trainee for two months at Caviar Commercials in Brussels, where I did castings, locationhunting, setdressing and so many other things that have teached me a lot.
In May 2015 I worked as a location assistent on the set of a Belgian tv show, which gave me a chance to take a closer look behind the scenes of fiction.
Later that year I got the chance to illustrate a childrensbook for Die Keure, an educational publisher in Bruges. I really loved doing this and I learned so much from it, that I would love to do it again some day.
I'm always looking for more creative and challenging experiences. I hope I will be able to practice every form of art in my life.. If someone asks me what I love to do most, I really can not choose. I love to do everything. As long as it's creative.