I have met Andrew few years ago at the ”Feel at home in The Hague”’ Fair in the city hall of The Hague. He has approached the Connecting Women stand, where I was representing the CW, with his camera and microphone. It was my first camera act. Since then we have met several times always to do some interview where Andrew was running a show and I was bubbling to the camera. I must say he has a gift to make a person calm and relaxed (at least I did not feel any fear to be his star…).
Country/City: The Netherlands / The Hague
What is your dream?
I would like to publish my first book, (which is written by the way), I would also like to film and direct a music video (you asked). And then, once I have those out of the way, I would like to spend a year creating a wildlife and street photography book.
What is my dream job?
What I do now. I’m a freelance media creative, which means I write about a huge range of subjects. I also photograph the same range of subjects, this could be anything from the Mayor of The Hague to the Dutch Commandoes and Marines, and I also make films.
There are also a few other things I do, but they’re not as exciting.
How did you achieve your goal = dream job? / how do you plan to achieve your goal=dream job?
I finally told myself to stick to the path, do what I enjoy and work my arse off until I succeed.
I think its important to have a longterm plan, I always set myself a short and mid term timeline and have a clear idea of what I want to achieve by then.
If it is working fine, if not, I alter or change strategy. If you don’t adapt in this climate you are in trouble. It’s important to talk to people in your field and get new ideas and information. Sometimes you have to go beyond your fears and just ask those dumb questions. Often the answers will completely change your entire perspective or set you in a different direction.
Recently I had been working so hard and not getting as far as I had wanted. A trip to Paris followed by a day running around in the mud with the Commandos fixed that.
It gave me distance and most importantly perspective, then I had passion again to keep following my path.
What is your tip to others concerning the Dream Job / Life?
See above.I’m a man, who knows one must make hay while the sun is shining.
Who are you?
I am Andrew Balcombe and I’ve lived in The Hague for the last 12 years. Being an Australian, I still cry sometimes during the Dutch winters. You can see some of my work at www.andrewbalcombe.com and www.thexpat.tv