… about work, studying and the future
1. What did you want to be as a kid?
A professional chef with my own TV programme – cooking shows was what I watched between the age of 3 to 9 –, and an architect because I loved The Sims more than food back then.
2. What did you want to be as a teenager?
I had a slight dream of becoming a war photographer because I feel that it’s one of the most important jobs and a very unappreciated one, but otherwise writer and working with advocating education, something I still aim to do some day.
3. What were you best and worst subjects in school?
Best: Maths (can you believe it), social science subjects (so politics, history and religion), art and English. Worst: Physics, chemistry and biology. Which is funny as I was really good at maths.
4. What was your very first paid job?
I used to babysit my cousin’s son from when I was 16 maybe? But otherwise, the play I wrote back in 2013 when I was 17.
5. What other jobs have you had?
I went on to do more babysitting for another family, a recruiter for UNHCR (not the greatest job, but I quite enjoyed it because of my colleagues), shop assistant in a bookshop, and I’m currently working as a catering assistant. (with a pay lower than what you give a 16-year-old in Sweden)
6. Your strengths and weaknesses?
Strengths: I’m quite organised even though it may not look like it, and when I get into a project, I really invest myself into it. Weaknesses: Cooking under pressure and getting up in the mornings.
7. Something you’re really proud of?
That I wrote a whole play whilst being at my lowest points in my life. Even though it got cancelled after eight months of production, I’m still proud of it and myself, because I proved to myself that I’m good enough, and maybe even more.
8. Something you would like to work with for a short while?
I would love to work with an art magazine or something. I was on the editorial board for my school magazine when I was 18, and it was such a great experience. Or design the fake flats in IKEA.
9. Jobs that you would be really bad at?
My current job, which is making baguettes and sandwiches. I can’t work with food under pressure and I’m total shit at cutting the sandwiches nicely. Other jobs I can’t see myself doing is everything that has to do with science and numbers.
10. What is the best thing about your degree? (BA Film, Television & Digital Production)
That I’m literally given all the tools to go out and do films on my free time. (which at this point, I haven’t really gotten into it, but I’m hoping to do it this and next year) We are free to borrow equipment and have access to powerful editing programmes 24/7. But also that I do feel it’s fairly free. Yes, we do get set assignments with different themes and such we need to follow, but when you look at the finished products, you see how different everyone’s is. We do have more freedom with our work than we think we do.
11. What are your plans after graduation?
It’s still far away, almost two years from now. I’m planning to stay here in London, and obviously, I would love to be a trainee at a film production company, or at least something with film. I would also like to really put time into writing on the side, so I sometime in the future, maybe, can do just that. But I’m also kind of drawn to the idea of going on a food trip? Like, go travelling for three months and learn how to cook in different parts of the world.
12. What are your hopes and dreams for your life in twenty years?
Having a job that I love, a family, and preferably a summer house by the sea in Stockholm’s archipelago.