Who am I and why am I doing this?

Updated: Sep 19, 2019


I am on the verge of a life changing year. A year between my graduation and going to work. The past 4 years have been like a hilly field, with ups and downs, but I always had the horizon in sight. At the moment I have the feeling that the coming year is a mountain that I first have to climb to the top before I can see that horizon again. I know what obstacles await me on that climb, but I don't know what to expect when I reach the top of that slope at the end of the school year (summer 2020).


My head is always full.


This blog is about all the creative challenges that I will face in the coming year and how I experience them. I have so much to learn and want to learn so much, but I also want to be able to share my achievements, my ups and my downs. I want to share with you the knowledge and skills I am acquiring and hopefully I will also be an inspiration for all creative people while I find inspiration in others. My head is always full and this blog will be my outlet.


WHAT HAS PASSED


For the past 4 years I have studied Audiovisual Arts Animation at Sint-Lukas LUCA School of Arts in Brussels.


My reading addiction challenged me to write myself, and that passion for storytelling brought me to animation, not my drawing talent (which I don't have, to be honest). I was behind in terms of technique, but was able to distinguish myself with my stories and I learned to find alternatives to the skills that I didn't have. I learned to think out of the box and challenge myself.


I developed my skill for writing stories more (my love for writing is the reason I chose to study animation) and discovered my passion for stop-motion. However, there is one thing for which I have not found satisfaction in this training: I wanted to learn 3D animation. Next year (september 2019 - june 2020) I will follow the one-year training in 3D modeling. Although the lessons and tasks will be intense, I am really looking forward to it. Strangely enough, it does not yet feel like a new school year. Maybe that feeling changes, but my mind is already set on what will come after this training (looking for a job) and what I want to achieve next to this training during the year.



WHAT HAS YET TO COME


Now I can't seem to live without a challenge anymore. The 3D training is going to be new and challenging, but that alone is not enough for me. My creativity extends so much further than animation alone. I cannot ignore my passion for reading, writing, photography, sewing, fashion etc.


I know I am blessed that I have inherited my mother's creativity. She and my dad are very encouraging to chase my creative dreams. In addition, for every interest I have someone in my family or circle of friends who has the same interest and so I always have someone to talk about a new idea or a new discovery in that area of interest, but I hope to meet more like-minded people, who don't necessarily have to live in my neigbourhood. There are so many creative people in the world, I would love to meet more of them and share inspiration and ideas.


Not only the content of the blog posts matches my interests, but also the creating of this blog combines my love for writing, creating content and making images.


To be honest, I'm a little scared. Blogging requires a lot of energy and time, enthusiasm and motivation. I'm afraid I'm not always going to have it all. But I have to keep in mind that I primarily blog for myself. Do not expect blog posts at a regular time. I share what I find worthwhile and when I think it is the best time for it. That is my intention. We'll see how it goes.


Thank you for going on this journey with me! Every word you read will give me the courage to keep blogging. So please let me know that you are out there and what you think, share your experiences with me and never think I am not interested in you. ♡


P.s. After all my talk about my passion for writing: Don't expect high quality writing here. My writing is much stronger in Dutch, my mother tongue, than in English. However, I have decided to write this blog in English because I want to reach people with the same interests, and not just people who speak the same language. And this will be a great practise for writing in English.


However, you can always contact me in Dutch (or English). I like nothing more than to hear responses and suggestions from people following my changing life.


Love,


Janne


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