Who I am
I was born in Berlin and grew up in an area called Mahlsdorf. In the early nineties, my parents figured e-learning would be perfect for me and my younger brother, so we got our first computer. A PlayStation followed – and suddenly it was too late to make a step backward. I guess we are what is commonly labeled digital natives.
What I appreciate about life the most, is the freedom to constantly grow as a person. Never stop believing in everyone’s good heart, never stop being curious, never stop keeping an open mind – simply never stop exploring as TNF would suggest. That is the guideline of my life.
Even though a friendly face and some gestures might be enough to explore other cultures, speaking another language despite English helps a lot. In my case, German is my mother tongue; which I speak without any accent except a slight Berlin touch. I like the sound a lot, though. En plus, je parle français aussi. But it would not be enough for business. “Og jeg kan ikke snakke norsk” combined with my incredibly strong German accent will break the ice in every Norwegian conversation. Apart from that, I used to be interested in learning Spanish. Started a bit (“¡Cerveza, por favor!”) but stopped right at that point. Well, I gave my best. Then, I switched to Hindi which is so difficult! But it is a language I fell in love with, so I am keeping on improving my reading and writing skills.
When I am not traveling around or trying to learn new languages, I do read books. eBooks, obviously. Knowing what is going on in the world is very important to me. Moreover, I love to cook and cannot say No to a piece of cake and an espresso – a weakness I perfectly get along with since I love doing sports. Practicing Yoga and biking around are my favorite things to do. And in winter wonderland, I would grab my snowboard. I am a beginner, though, but am sure of it: The more I practice, the better I get …
What my CV is like
In June 2006, I successfully finished economics-oriented high school. Was a nerd there, kept being a nerd afterwards. With my Abitur
in my hands, I went straight to university to study “Print & Media Technology” at → HTWK Leipzig
. That was the perfect choice for me; and I got to apply all the theoretical knowledge in real life by working in the printing industry during semester breaks. During my main studies, I decided to specialize in electronic publishing and have been working in this field ever since.
In 2009, I spent my practical semester at → Mediengruppe Oberfranken
in Bamberg to gain more in-depth experience in the publishing industry. From August 2009 until February 2010, it was time to go abroad, and I chose one of my favorite countries for that adventure: Norway. It is a beautiful country with amazing people, so I highly recommend everyone to travel there.
Shortly after my return to Germany, I started to work on my diploma thesis about enhanced eBooks in ePub format with educational purposes
. Luckily, I got the great opportunity to collaborate with → C.C. Buchner
, a major educational publishing house in Germany. In May 2011, I finished my studies eventually – and subsequently got employed by → NEXT Munich. The App Agency.
, which is why I moved to Munich. As Head of Production of Digital Publishing
, I learned to take over responsibility and developed a feeling for team spirit. Most of my → work
covered the production of enhanced children’s books as eBooks.
After two and half years of working and living in Munich, I decided to take some time off in order to rework my CV and prepare for self-employment. This included setting up my own website, attending MOOCs, improving Adobe Creative Cloud skills and getting to know various cultures & lifestyles. I started off in NYC, stayed there for three months, returned to Europe afterwards – and have been living and working as a freelancer in Berlin since.