Where are you from and what brings you to Madrid?
I was born in a small village in Germany’s Mosel region, but then grew up in Frankfurt am Main. After living in Cleveland (USA), Santiago de Chile and a few other cities in Germany, I found my hometown of choice in 2006: Madrid. I really enjoy the open-mindedness of the people here, the good weather and the food.
Can you tell us a little bit about your project/s?
I am a film director, writer and producer with broad experience across various genres from feature films to documentaries, branded content and commercials. I have recently shot a feature-length documentary about Three-Michelin-Star-chef Grant Achatz of Alinea and, last year, I founded my own production company in Madrid: ¡Yo te hago el vídeo! (yotehagoelvideo.com) I also work as a specialised creative writer developing audiovisual concepts and sales presentations for commercial film productions.
Everything I do, I do in three languages: German, English and Spanish.
What’s your favourite thing about living in Madrid?
I love the lively diversity of Lavapies, where I live. Madrid is a great place for theatre, concerts and casually going out with friends for drinks and tapas. One of my absolute favourite places is the Cine Doré – a beautiful cinema where you can enjoy the cinema of today and yesterday.
Have you been to any events in the digital nomad/coworking community here?
A few years ago I made a series of documentary short films on open access labs and makerspaces in Germany and got to spend a few days in these kinds of environments of collaborative innovation and sharing knowledge. I really enjoyed this and I knew I wanted more of that for my own professional life.
So, even though I have been a freelancer throughout my professional life and I have always worked internationally, I discovered the “coworking thing” only recently. It seems like I needed this little nudge to actually go out and connect with the coworking community here in Madrid. And so I became a regular at different coworking spaces, meetups and – most importantly for me – the Mastermind Sessions at Plázida, which have been a very inspiring and enriching experience.
Have you faced any challenges with your project/s? How did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge for me has probably been finding and connecting with the right clients. I want to work in a client-provider relationship where both are interested in mutual growth. I want to work for clients with projects I like and create relationships that go beyond money-service transactions. And I have gladly found that when you go out with an open heart and that kind of a message, people actually do respond to that…
What advice would you give someone who is thinking about starting their own group/blog/freelance business?
Be. Your. Self.