Jürgen Schepers

Jürgen Schepers is a trained journalist, with a proper internship and editorial work. And because that wasn’t enough, he also started doing PR, Marketing and events for film studios and distributors, TV, fashion, clubs and lifestyle magazines. Today, he’s responsible for the creative industry at the Chamber of Commerce in Berlin and heads a committee with approx. 40 entrepreneurs aiming to position their interests in politics and administration. Which makes him something like the advocate of the DNA of Berlin. In the magazine Berliner Wirtschaft, he regularly writes about exciting companies (like MMW) and entrepreneurs (like our Julia), he hosts, he gives talks, he plans and organises events, specialist conferences and exhibitions.  And on top of all this, he is founder and chairman of the Medienliga Berlin-Brandenburg (a media football league), in which 32 teams – from Flux FM to Vice Magazine, Der Tagesspiegel to X-Filme – play football in two leagues, fighting for promotion or against relegation, for the championship and the cup. And last, not least he heads the Peter-Christian-Schlüschen-Stiftung, a foundation for young photographers in sports, one of the highest paying awards (10.000 €) in Germany. A word, Mr. Schepers.

Name: Jürgen Schepers
Age: Baby-boomer-generation
Home: Berlin
Profession: Journalist
Shoe size: 41
Favourite author: M. Houllebecq, B. Vian, T. Mann, R. Willemsen… and currently Kate Tempest („The Bricks That Built The Houses „), a terrific book.
Contact: j.schepers@web.de

How creative are Berlin’s entrepreneurs?
With over 30,000 companies and an annual turnover of around 16 billion euros, Berlin’s creative industry belongs to the supporting pillars of our economy. That is, by the way, more than the digital industry and the start-ups. That says it all, really.

The most exciting celebrity you’ve ever met?
Mick Jagger as a film producer and Helmut Newton as set photographer.

What would you do without a computer?
I would enjoy being offline, relax and realise that life works without a computer as well. From experience I can say that’s really true and everyone should take some time off like that now and then.

Which moment changed everything?
When I returned from Spain and landed in Berlin, more or less by chance.

Which problem would you like to solve?
That in Berlin – despite the economic boom – every third child is still living below the poverty line. That poverty among the elderly has been existing for years, but isn’t being actively tackled… and the aggressiveness of drivers in Berlin (I ride a scooter).

A penguin wearing a sombrero comes into a bar and says:
Can you change your whole life in a day? (based loosely on Edward Norton in „25th hour“)

Your favourite swear word?
Vollpfosten (German for something like a total spoon)

How can someone impress you?
By not taking themselves too seriously and not succumbing to every hype, but questioning things – especially regarding spreading opinions in digital media.

What would you like to be better at?
Being more patient and cooking. I can hack the basics, though.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Because I will have run out of basics, I would take you out for the (in my opinion) best sushi in Berlin made by the probably only Turkish sushi-chef of the city.

What are you most afraid of?
That our thinking is too black and white and we might forget that beside the digital world there is an analogue world on which our cognitive capabilities, for example, are based.

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
At the beginning of this month, I went to Ireland to learn to surf. It was fantastic and I’m going to keep practising. Straight away, but somewhere warmer… However, Ireland really is a beautiful Island.

What should no one know about you?
It’s enough if only a few people know that.

Which question should we have asked you?
Why the avant-garde / subculture is so important for Berlin in general and particularly for the creative industry. Because it is the breeding ground for new things and without it, Berlin wouldn’t be where the city is today – we have to preserve that!

Last words:
I like people who don’t need to have the last word.

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Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 30. Dezember 2016 | Tags: , , Keine Kommentare

Philipp Westermeyer

The 2 Minute Interview

Philipp Westermeyer is a Rockstar. And he belongs to the family, in every way. He would probably describe himself as an entrepreneur from Hamburg and a man of action in media and marketing. We could leave it at that. One could, of course, mention that he created one of the most important platforms for media and digital marketing there is: Online Marketing Rockstars. That his festivals, like the Online Marketing Rockstars Festivals 2017 coming up on March 2nd and 3rd, belong to the greatest and most inspiring formats you can and should visit in Germany. That not only is he incredibly clever and fast when asking the right questions, but he knows how to answer them gracefully and honestly, as our little interview shows. That he, as father of twins, also functions in double player mode in private. As we said, one could mention all that. Or we can just let him speak for himself. Here, down below or via the Online Marketing Rockstars Podcast. Because you can listen to that for free at iTunes and Soundcloud. P.S. If you want to give Philipp cordless ear phones now (see below), please make sure to coordinate that with all other possible candidates. Otherwise he’ll end up with three pairs.

Name: Philipp Westermeyer
Age: 37
Home: Hamburg
Profession: Entrepreneur
Shoe size: 44
Favourite event 2016: Online Marketing Rockstars Festival
Contact: info@onlinemarketingrockstars.de

Define ‚Rockstar‘!
Someone who does things differently than most others would. Sometimes because he has talent, sometimes because he has ambition, sometimes because he has neuroses, whatever.

Which moment changed everything?
Back in the day when I used to drive to the station with my father to buy magazines. That’s when ‚Media and Marketing‘ became my thing.

What is the biggest problem of your generation?
Difficult, perhaps political disillusionment.

What will change in digital marketing in 2017?
Hopefully more advertising in podcasts, in our own at best… probably joined by a better understanding of content marketing, everyone is trying out and learning there at the moment.

Do you prefer being host or participant?
Both, I do enjoy being host but I also really like going to events.

Which company would you have liked to have founded?
Very many… From the big film studios in the US to modern companies like Xing. Many things about the interface between media, entertainment, networking and marketing are exciting. I like observing US entrepreneurs that aren’t that well known here yet, for example Peter Guber.

What can we twist you around our finger with?
Good content, no matter the topic.

What would you do without the internet?
Probably newspaper and magazine business. Classical media, I guess…

Which superpower would you like to have?
I’ve never thought about that, but if there’s something I can help people with or make the world a better place, I’ll take that.

What’s your desktop background on your computer at the moment?
Black with lots and lots of files on it…

Oh and, PC or Apple? Or does one just ask Android or iOS now?
I came to Apple about two years ago.

Do you have any ideas for presents?
Tickets for the OMR 2017 for business partners maybe? ;) Personally, I would like some cordless earphones with a microphone, probably quite popular at the moment.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
I’d order something at my favourite Korean restaurant.

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
I try new things in sports all the time. I’m trying to learn a handstand, for example, but for at least 12 months now. I learnt to jump rope in the last months as well, definitely easier…

What would you change if you had the power to?
Probably something to do with the communication between cultures or environmental issues. Luckily, I’m very content with my own life, so it would be a greater topic.

What should no one know about you?
There are many people in Hamburg that believe I used to be a good football player once, because I’m okay at indoor football… Let’s just say they shouldn’t talk to my old friends from home about that.

What question should we have asked?
I like thinking about the future of marketing and media, you were a bit coy there.

Last words:
„Seize the day and enjoy life!“ So banal, but still, it can’t do any harm. :)

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Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 21. Dezember 2016 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Jan Zühlke

The 2 Minute-Interview

Jan Zühlke is a pretty tough fella. Too! Because like all real heroes in leather, from Brando to McQueen to James Dean, he’s a really good and nice guy as well. Perfect conditions for pulling off a romantic thing like founding your own motorbike and heritage print magazine. Craftrad is such a brazenly handsome publication that you’re going to want it lying on your coffee table – even if you’re a car-sharer without a drivers’ license. Stories told with lots of love, beautiful photography, good paper. Period. Speaking of stories, when you’ve spent 15 years as a boy scout, you grow up with a love of adventure and a natural wanderlust. You just can’t get that out of your system. Not even if you study “Communication in Social and Economic Contexts” at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. So, dear Jan, let’s have a word and a smoke, then.

Name: Jan Zühlke
Age: 25
Home: Berlin
Profession: Publisher
Shoe size: 43
Favourite bike: Honda XLV 750 R
Contact: jan@craftrad.de

You’re travelling at 30 km/h on a country road and have to brake. Your reaction time is 1 second. How long is the braking distance?
I hate maths. Christoph does all the numbers for us. But: If you brake later, you can drive fast longer.

Tell us about a magical place, anywhere in the world!
Last Summer, I was riding my motorcycle from Biarritz back to Berlin and passed through the Ardèche. Somewhere in the mountain scenery, there was an old, shabby viaduct. When I stopped there to smoke a cigarette, it seemed like a very magical place to me.

Which celebrity would you like to go on a joyride with?
Steve McQueen. Coolest guy ever.

Why is riding a motorbike more sexy than driving a car?
Do you know Steve McQueen? Or Marlon Brando? Or James Dean?

Can words change the world?
If those words are followed by actions, yes.

When was the last time you did something good for someone else and what was it?
I recently gave away warm winter clothing to refugees.

Your house is burning, which three objects do you save from the flames?
Very materialistic: My favourite helmet, laptop and phone.

Give us your Christmas present pointer, please!
The CRAFTRAD subscription, of course!

What do you spend too much money on?
I founded a print magazine. So there’s not much money to spend (yet). But probably for cigarettes.

What do you need to relax?
A special cigarette and a good record.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Strammer Max! (fried eggs with ham on bread)

What are you afraid of?
The shift to the right in Europe, Germany, the world.

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
My girlfriend tattooed me with a needle and some ink while drunk. Not the prettiest but certainly the most personal tattoo I have.

What would you change if you had the power to?
If world peace is too utopian, then I’d start with our education system. Education is the key.

What should no one know about you?
Which podcasts I listen to to go to sleep.

Which question should we have asked?
What my favourite book is.

Last words: Vrooom

Fotocredit: Nadine Kunath

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Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 14. Dezember 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Bettina Schuler

The 2 Minute-Interview

Bettina Schuler is yoga teacher, author, activist and founder of the charitable organisation citizen2be. For three years, she has been giving yoga classes for fled women and has written a book about it: „Norahib Bikom heißt Willkommen“, published by Eden Books. Recently, she started a crowdfunding campaign at startnext. The goal: to collect 20.000 Euros to open a yoga-trauma-therapy centre in Berlin. Because only those who have arrived in themselves can truly arrive in a new society. We think that’s so cool that we have to ask a few question about the status quo – of the world, of pasta and of head stands. Because, just between us, she told us that even after 10 yogi-years, she still tumbles. We consulted her fortune-teller and asked her about the result of her funding quest. The clear answer was: Successful, you’re your help!

Name: Bettina Schuler
Age: 41
Home: Berlin
Profession: Author, yoga teacher, activist and founder of the charitable organisation citizen2be
Shoe size: 38
Favourite assana: pigeon
Contact: www.bettinaschuler.de und www.citizen2be.com, bettina.schuler@t-online.de

Photo credit: Tina Linster

The whole world is listening, what do you say?
Stop talking about changing the world and do something, damn it!

What do you need to feel good in a strange place?
My family. And good coffee.

What gives you energy?
My family, my friends and yoga, of course. And I love sleeping a lot. And Sauna is always a go-to.

Where is humanity going? Are we on a good path?
The world seems to be going crazy at the moment, things like Trump’s election or Brexit are happening, things we never deemed possible. That is really scary and on the other hand, and this is my big hope, every time of upheaval is also a chance to turn things to the better. That’s why I struggle with the term refugee crisis, because the word crisis alone causes a feeling of diffused fear in many people. I see the influx of fleeing people as a chance, because we are being forced to change our social structures that we haven’t been happy with for a long time anyway. That’s why I call it a refugee chance, not crisis.

Close your eyes and think of something nice. What is it?
My warm bed.

How do you find your balance?
When everything threatens to get too much for me, I lock myself in at home, stare into the air and just don’t do anything.

A good deed everyone can do before the year is over:
That’s easy: join our startnext campaign and support us in raising enough money to rent a space in which we can offer refugees a yoga-trauma-therapy.

What’s better: giving or getting?
The way my daughter’s eyes light up when I give her a present just can’t be topped.

Please complete: For just one day, I would like to be…
David Bowie in the 70s

How does the “keep off the grass!” sign get onto the grass?
Where? Didn’t see it…

Do you believe in fate?
Sure. And my fortune-teller. No joke.

If we came to visit you at home, what would you cook for us?
Since I can only cook pizza and pancakes, it would have to be one of those two dishes. Or pasta. With presto, of course. I can manage that. At least if someone tells me when to take them out of the water. But I’m excellent at making coffee.

What are you afraid of?
The elections next year.

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
I’m constantly trying new things. I always need a project. This year, it was founding my charitable organisation citizen2be that campaigns for the integration of refugees.  An incredibly bureaucratic act. But it was worth it.

What should no one know about you?
That I bought a Modern Talking tape when I was eight. And that thing about the headstand. But I already told you that.

What question should we have asked?
What are the bank details of your donations account?

Last words:
I love having them.

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Jacques Colman

The 2 Minute-Interview

How long does it take to found a brand of watches? Answer: approximately half the length of the Templehof field. That’s exactly how long the walk was that Jacques Colman and his partner in crime Michael Gilli took, during which a first idea became a tangible resolution and then turned into the decision to found Lilienthal Berlin. A watch like Berlin is what the two of them wanted to create, did create. It took vision, imagination, assertiveness and creative genius. Let’s check: Jacques generally looks ahead, preferably about 100 years – definitely visionary. His great-granduncle was a wrestler in New York (assertiveness) and created the „drop kick“ (creative genius). Which remains to be proven. On top of all this, Jacques is super nice, as it turns out, pretty funny and, thank God, a little crazy, too. Who could seriously want to be a flying fish? ;) C’était un grand plaisir!

Name: Jacques Colman
Home: Berlin and Cologne
Profession: Managing Director at Lilienthal Berlin
Shoe size: Normally 45
Favourite time of the day: The blue hour
Contact: jacques@lilienthal.berlin

Are you French?
Why does everybody ask me that? I mean literally everybody? For a time, I used to just answer yes, to make matters easier. But each time I do that, it’s someone who speaks fluent French and I end up exposed.

Watches aren’t driven by time, but by batteries and similar things. Does time even exist?
Of course it does! Why else would everyone be complaining that they don’t have enough of it?

What is “time”?
Clearly a gift and a challenge rolled into one. And that’s why our watches should tell us that it’s okay to take some time if you need it.

Which characteristics do you appreciate most in your partners?
Ha! What would we be without each other? We really complete each other remarkably well. But just as important is that we get along so well as a team. We spend so much time together that that’s indispensable. But the best part is that we can get into arguments and bitch at each other and then still go out and have a beer together in the evening. Or several even.

What would you change in your life if you could turn back time?
Does anyone really want that? Ultimately, you’re exactly where you are because things happened as they did. And I feel pretty good, right here right now. And besides, I much prefer to look forward. It’s in my personality.

What is typically Berlin for you?
That “typically Berlin” is always changing. And surely the nonchalance in the face of the biggest hustle and bustle.

What would you like to be better at?
Table tennis. Even though I am almost unbeatable already – at least when I’m playing against my colleagues – my serves could sometimes just do with a dash of more spin.

You can travel in a time machine – which year do you enter and why?
As I said, I prefer to look ahead and would love to see what the world will look like in couple of hundred years. Although, of course, you could trip and fall out of the time machine to find yourself on a totally destroyed planet. Oh wait. Or is that the present?! Oh dear.

The hero of your youth?
My great-granduncle was a wrestler in New York and invented the “drop kick”. I mean, really. Any questions?

Who or what were you in former life?
I have actually never asked myself that. But I would really like to be a bird. Or a fish? Maybe a flying fish? Or a swimming bird? Next question, please.

What is your contribution to a better world?
Ok, now we’re getting serious. I am convinced that the way to a better world lies in the smaller as well as the greater things. Daily at the supermarket checkout as well as in the choice of the right materials and partners for our watches. We don’t have to be perfect in everything straight away, but if all humans – who have the opportunity – keep working on making the world a better place, than at least the chances will get better that everything might not blow up in our faces. That’s the principle I and we here at Lilienthal try to live by.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Well, yesterday I made burgers with home-made chickpea buns and Portobello patties. Now, not trying to lean too far out the window, but: they were actually pretty great! When are you coming?

What are you afraid of?
Please refer to the question about the time machine…

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
Well, we’re working on a whole scope of new straps for our watches. So the correct answer is probably: every day!

What would you change if you had the power to?
I would become the president of the US. It can’t get any worse anyway.

When will we finally get a Black-Black to flash around? ;)
It’s on the top of my to-do list right after this interview!

Last words:
Let’s get ready to rumble!

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Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 30. November 2016 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare

David Regehr

The 2 Minute Interview

David Regehr is landscapist, creative head of the Monbijou Theater and co-operator of Clärchens Ballhaus. He works as artistic director, freelance stage designer, prop master and father of four. He takes care of pretty much all work on the above mentioned houses – from restoration to architectural alterations to PR for the current production of the Märchenhütte. And next to all that, he is designing the stage for Wim Wenders’ production of ‚Die Perlenfischer‘ at the Schilleroper. Oh yes, and he has also founded a charitable cultural club. Whether he has any time to laugh during all these goings on, we don’t know. And we forgot to ask. All the more reason to look forward to Königsberger Klopse and home-grown apples from his garden in Trebbin. Because they, apparently, are the best you can get in the entire city, he told us „off the record“.

Name: David Regehr
Age: 49
Home: Berlin
Profession: Stage designer, landscapist
Shoe size: 47
Favourite fairytale: Godfather Death. The Märchenhütte version, of course.
Contact: david@ballhaus.de

Which fairy-tale figure is most like you and why?
Hans in Luck, because he’s also always keen on new deals. But it’s not so much about the result as about the fun in trying something new. That’s the same for me.

What is the most useful feedback you have ever received?
From my painting professor: “It’s not about what you do, it’s about what you don’t do.”

If you had one hour extra to spare each day, how would you spend it?
Sit in front of a tree and paint.

If you had to describe your work, which three words would be the first to come to mind?
“Entertainment” as defined by a dialogue between actors and audience, an amusing show and a salary.

What was the craziest thing you have ever done?
Doing Clärchens Ballhaus with absolutely no clue what it is and how it works.

If you hadn’t become a stage designer, then surely….
A stressed art star.

What are you afraid of?
Not hair loss.

Island, iPod, just three songs on it. Which ones?
First „I’ve got a feeling“ by the Beatles and then the Bach cantata „Ich habe genug“.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Königsberger Klopse, of course, Mama is 82 and originally from Breslau.

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
It was a while ago. I was invited to a very classy social event. Dinner was molecular cuisine by a famous Swiss gourmet chef. These abstract dishes just didn’t do anything for me and I went home hungry.

What would you change if you had the power to?
The result of the election in the United States of America.

What should no one know about you?
What I was constantly thinking between the age of 12 to 18.

Which question should we have asked you?
What the last thing was that really made me laugh.

Last words:
Do what you enjoy doing, at all costs.

Photo: Bernd Schönberger

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Alice Carla Steinbrück

The 2 Minute-Interview

Alice Carla Steinbrück is Head of Social Business at the Vodafone Institute. Which, in turn, deals with the question of how digital and mobile technologies can increase political, social and economic participation and enable access to education. Resulting in such valuable projects as F-LANE, the newly launched first European accelerator with a focus on start-ups by or for women in the tech-sector. Alice drafted and now manages the entire project. Together, we created and designed the brand and now she has to deal with the aftermath. Many fantastic applications of great female entrepreneurs have been coming in over the last couple of days and now have to be screened by her and her marvellous team to filter out the top ten. If you want to make her work just a little harder, you have until November 18th to enter yourself and your business idea in the race at www.f-lane.com/online-application. And if you’re looking for a little inspiration for your letter of application, you’ll find it in the lines below. An inspiring two-minute-interview about duck’s feet, beaming super powers, complex problems and three-course-menus.

Name: Alice Carla Steinbrück
Age: 31
Home: Berlin
Profession: Head of Social Business at the Vodafone Institute
Shoe size: 37
Favourite place: La Cadière d’Azur (a small town in southern France)
Contact:alice.steinbrueck@vodafone.com

Why can only women save the world from ruin?
Women can’t save the world all alone! But neither can men!

Is humanity on a good path?
That question falls into my post-Trump-shock-week. So at the moment, I see a lot of room for improvement.

The most inspiring personality you’ve ever encountered?
I recently got to know a multitude of inspiring, strong women such as Dupsy Abiola or Lisa Witter, who decided to start a business despite the difficulties and are incredibly positive and energetic. Because there is a lack of female role models, these women inspire me greatly – for my own path, as well.

How can you tell that you’ve grown up?
With the help of a simple formula: growing responsibility minus the freedom to just drop everything tomorrow and wake up in a new life. Although I do think that we should all try to never grow up completely.

What would you do without the internet?
After the first shock, I would realise how long 24 hours can be. And then, sooner or later, desperation would set in!

Why can’t one solve complex problems with simple answers?
I can’t tell you because I believe the exact opposite. Sometimes, complex problems can be solved very well with simple answers. I think we’ve just started making our world even more complex than it already is.

What can every human do right now to make the world a better place?
Tolerance, openness and curiosity are three important characteristics that could improve our lives together significantly.

What colour does a chameleon change to if it’s sitting in a room with walls covered in mirrors?
It changes up and down the colour palette while dancing…

Would you rather fight a duck the size of a horse or one hundred horses the size of a duck?
I think neither is ideal. But I’ll lean towards the horse-sized duck. Although the proportions of its beak and duck feet do have me worried already.

Which super power would you like to possess?
I’d like to have beaming super powers. How wonderful it would be to beam myself out of the tube to a beach in the south pacific in the mornings. Although I do have to admit it would be kind of an egotistical super power.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Unfortunately, I am a terrible cook – but I have mastered one tried and tested, never changing three-course-menu that enables me to dazzle guests on their first and only visit, at least.

Which famous personality would you like to go for cup of coffee with?
I would like to meet the Queen – although it would probably be tea, then. As the head of 53 states and with her life experience, she must have seen and heard everything and have quite a lot of wisdom to share.

What are you afraid of?
I’m afraid that we’re starting to stop questioning things and are falling for demagogues.

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
I find it incredibly fun to dive into new projects – like the accelerator – without really knowing what the outcome will be. Trying new things like travelling through foreign countries, ordering the duck’s feet in the Asian restaurant or just turning things upside down professionally really gives you the feeling of being alive.

Last words: Merci

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Milena Glimbowski

The 2 Minute-Interview

Milena Glimbowski doesn’t really need an introduction. Since she opened Original Unverpackt, Berlin’s first package-free supermarket, she is always involved and usually leading when the topic is good, sustainable ideas that make our society, wait no, the world we live in better. The crowdfunding campaign for the implementation of Original Unverpackt was the most successful ever at that time – in meantime, it has been surpassed by Ein Guter Plan, a mindfulness calendar by…? Exactly, Milena Glimbowski. That’s kind of like James Cameron with ‚Titanic‘ and ‚Avatar‘, just with less water and blue folks. So if somebody knows something about crowdfunding and good ideas, then it’s her. At the moment, she working on publishing Ein Guter Plan in English, to then win over the whole planet. At the Fempreneurs Summit, she was one of the most inspiring and funny speakers ever and charmed us with her character and her thoughts. Enough reason for us to enquire about the future, humanity, her own (package) freedom, Anna and her circle of friends, sex, music and good books. Oh, and by the way: a fabulous Webinar with Milena took place last night on Edition F. Subject: How to be happier with less.

Name: Milena Glimbovski
Age: 26
Home: Berlin Neukölln
Profession: Entrepreneur
Shoe size: 35,5
Favorite thought: These are good times
Contact: @milenskaya on all channels

Is humanity on a good way? 
We don’t know the destination, but we’ll get there in the end.

Why should we be having children right now?
Because we left the Einhorn condoms on the beside table.

What does a human need to live?
Love. For another human, for friends, for himself, for life.

Which three things can you not live without?
Sex. Music. Books.

Be honest, how package-free do you live?
I do buy crisps occasionally. I’m into additives. And the Ritalin for my ADHS from the pharmacy is not available without packaging yet.

When is a plan good?
When everything turns out completely different but you still have solutions. So a plan b, that might even turn out better than the original.

Please complete: In the year 2070…
… there will be no war, no hate, no poverty, no hunger. Because the machine will have taken over the world.

When was the last time you truly laughed?
I had a heartache and talked to my business partner Jan about it. He stayed professional as always and sent me this gif. That helped.

What are you battling at the moment?
My health. When I’m too motivated and work too much, my body sometimes can’t keep up.

Do you know a poem by heart?
Pitschpatschnass, floh ich unter das Vordach, des Fachgeschäfts, vom Himmel floss ein Bach, ich schätze, es war halb acht, doch ich war hellwach, als mich Anna ansah, anlacht.

The most important invention of mankind?
Fire? I hate the cold.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Quinoa with sheep’s cheese and beetroot.

What do we need to tell everyone about you?
When I see a skateboard, I just have to hop on – no matter whether I’m wearing high heels or sneakers. I’ve ruined quite a few shoes doing ollies.

What should everyone have done once in their life?
Get lost in strange city.

What would you change if you had the power to?
I would let everyone switch roles. To look at a stranger’s life through their eyes creates understanding.

What should no one know about you?
How tall I am.

Do have some good advice for all of us?
Frequently question what you take for granted.

Which question should we have asked you?
How tall I am.

Last words:
Nope.

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Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 03. November 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Vittoria Salabelle

The 2 Minute-Interview

We met Vittoria Salabelle at the last Berlin fashion Film Festivals that we organised in June. Well ok, actually we just met her hands. And words. Well ok, not her actual hands, to be precise, but ones that were cut out, arranged and glued into beautiful collages by her. Vicky Salabelle is an artist. With her whole heart and soul. Born in beautiful Naples, she now lives in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. She describes her own style as „image-making moved by nostalgia“. Hands a expressive shapers of creative thoughts are her preferred object, her collages make something like an own personality out of them, one that talks to the beholder, touch him and ultimately move him. We just had to acquire one of her wonderful works, which she made especially for us.

Name: Vittoria Salabelle
Age: 28
Home: Eindhoven
Profession: Visual Artist
Show size: 40
Favourite idea: Décollage technique
Contact: www.vickysalabelle.com

Can art save the world?
No, but it can make it a better place.

Who or what inspires you?
My hometown Naples.

Which work of art would you like to own?
Irises by Vincent Van Gogh

Describe your art in three words!
Hand-made, poetic, aesthetic.

Do you need peace and quiet to be creative or do you work better under pressure?
In the beginning I surely need time and freedom to develop ideas, but at the end I need the pressure of a deadline
– to get it done. ;)

In which art era would you have liked to live?
Arte Povera

Which moment changed everything?
My second first day of high school.

Which piece of advice totally surprised you as being useful?
Get out of your comfort zone!

Who or what were you in a former life?
An actress

What is the problem with your generation?
Isolation through social media and technology.

What is your contribution to a better world?
Smiling as much as I can. :)

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Parmigiana di melanzane, a typical Neapolitan dish made of several layers of fried aubergine, parmesan, mozzarella, basil and tomato sauce.

What are you afraid of?
Snakes.

Which super power would you like to possess?
The ability to manipulate time.

What should no one know about you?
That I still in love with film characters.

Which question should we have asked you?
What’s you sign?

Last words:
Ciao!

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Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 27. Oktober 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Enaka

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The 2 Minute Interview

Grace Enaka was a beautiful woman. For her son Richmond, she was the most important person ever. Her whole life, she was tormented by being overweight and the abuse connected to it. So much so that she decided to have surgery, which she didn’t survive. Richmond Bessong took his grief and creative potential and put them into an entrepreneurial mission. Together with co-founder and creative director Kevin, he created the fashion label Enaka. The simple message: People are beautiful. You are beautiful. When they put their first t-shirt collection on the market in 2012, even they were probably a little surprised when suddenly all kinds of celebrities, like the US rapper Red Café, started wearing their conspiratorially spiritual pieces. Now, they have launched their first complete collection, ‚Chapter One‘. A great opportunity to have one of the most inspirational 2-minute-interviews ever, ever, ever with Kevin and Kanye, sorry, Batman, sorry, Richmond. Thank you!

Name: Kevin Spalek / Richmond Bessong
Age: 24 / 25
Home: Berlin / Bremen & Berlin
Profession: Co-founder / Founder
Shoe size: 44 / 44
Favourite accessory: Cap / duffle bag
Contact: kevin@enakaclo.com / richmond@enakaclo.com

In what way where you different five years ago?
K: I always knew where I wanted to be. The only difference is that I now have a better idea of how to get there, ha ha.
R: Five years ago, I wanted to do something to do with fashion. Today, I’m doing something to do with fashion.

What are you proud of?
K: I am proud to have not lost sight of my dream. There were many moments when it seemed impossible to reach. But we kept going. It sounds blunt but the best part is when people who never believed in you suddenly say that you have inspired them. If it was up to me, all my friends should follow their dreams.
R: I am proud of having dedicated this brand to my mother.

What will you do more of the future?
K: I suppose I’ll have to work even more. Although, “have to” is the wrong phrase. Since I turned my hobby into my profession, I can’t keep my mind off it anyway.
R: Risk more.

What are you particularly thankful for?
K: The way my parents brought me up. They always supported my dreams, even in times where they seemed in no way tangible.
R: That is a long list. The short version: My team. My friends. My family. :)

Who is your childhood hero?
K: Kobe Bryant from the Los Angeles Lakers. Aka The Black Mamba aka Mr. Work Moral, Mr. Devotion und Mr. Strong Will.
R: My mother. She’ll always be my idol.

What inspires you?
K: I soak everything up like a sponge. At the moment, particularly the music of Travis Scott and the films of Christopher Nolan.
R: Hope inspires me. You can achieve anything with hope, it’s a feeling that gives you wings.

The three most important articles of clothing:
K: My Story Parka, my high-top sneakers and my oversize T´s. All in black, of course.
R: Ripped jeans, oversize hoodie and Chelsea boots.

Who should wear your collection?
K: Humans would be great, ha ha! Ideally ones with a lot of individual personality. Because that’s what Enaka stands for.
R: Every man and woman. Equality is one of the key messages of Enaka.

How do you complement each other?
K: Richmond is Batman. I’m Alfred and Robin in one person.
R: Kevin would probably mention his Batman/Robin metaphor now.

What do you not like about your job?
K: Let me ask you this: What’s not to like about freedom? :P
R: That the samples are mostly tailored in Large. I need X-Large.

Why do new clothes make people so happy?
K: As a child, one feels like a superhero presenting new stuff in the school yard. That feeling doesn’t change with age. Fashion is life.
R: I think we all strive for variation and fashion offers just that.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
K: Definitely pasta. Everyone laughs about my stash at the office.
R: Some African cuisine. As long as it’s something with chicken wings, ha ha.

What are you afraid of?
K: I would like to quote on of my favourite German Rappers: “The greatest motivation is fear of losing it all again.“ (Shindy)
R: Loss.

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
K: Doner kebab. Because we produce our clothing in Turkey, I ate my first doner kebab there. When the restaurant owner heard that I had never eaten a kebab before, it was on the house. I might play that card more often… (You. Can’t. be. Serious?! Editor’s note)
R: I jumped out of an aeroplane a couple of months ago. I think that will last for a while.

What should no one know about you?
K: 50 Shades of Grey. Never read the book. But I like the film.
R: That I am often mistaken for Kanye West.

Which question should we have asked?
K: How did you become part of Enaka?
R: What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?

Last words:
K: #enakaclo ;)
R: Believe.

Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 19. Oktober 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , Keine Kommentare