Dream Job of Elske van Holk

I don’t even remember when and where for the first time I met Elske. Either it was during Connecting Women monthly meetings, where I was a PR Coordinator, either at many other expat networking events. Elske is a nice and warm person, always smiling 🙂 As Elske is saying networking is one of the most important activities one need to do in order to achieve its goals. I have to shamefully admit, that I have not yet visited STET, however it is on my bucket list. 

Name:    Elske van Holk

Country: The Netherlands

What is your dream?    Elske

When looking around I realise that despite many mishaps in my life I have also been blessed with many wonderful and beautiful happenings. So all in all a lot of my dreams have been accomplished already. I am a lucky person with many dear ones around me. But in general I hope we will be able to hand down the earth to future generations without having done too much damage to it. And I hope that future generations will feel that same responsibility. I firmly believe in the role of art as a uniting tool and experience that can help us going forward on deeper levels and create a better universal understanding for each other in this world. My dream would be that more people can be touched by art and moved positively in protecting their relationships and environment.

What is my dream job?

I qualified as a lawyer and a social worker and did one year of drama school. My first dream job was actually when I lived close to London and worked for Southwark Playhouse, a wonderful studio theatre south of the Thames in London. Southwark Playhouse provides very high quality theatre productions but is also deeply rooted in the community it is based in. So all my skills and loves were being used. I had for six years a great time there. After our return to the Netherlands I set up STET The English Theatre in 2006 and created my own dream-job. As the money was not so great I found another dream-job in 2008 in the Expatriate Archive Centre. As it turned out I had to make a choice in 2013 between the two as the day only has 24 hours. Having found a fabulous successor to lead the Expatriate Archive Centre, I choose to continue at STET. It is incredibly rewarding and enriching to work in and for the international community in The Hague and provide this community with great theatre. So lucky me I am in a dream job once again.

How did you achieve your dream-job? / how do you plan to achieve your goal=dream job?

I think I was lucky that in a way the jobs found me. I believe very much in living your life as organically as possible. So go with the flow. But once I got the jobs, I followed the tips (with ups and downs of course) which I have outlined hereunder. The hardest part is that as a wife, mother and friend you do not like to say NO, when called upon – I have to admit I am still not very good at it, which comes at a price that every now and then I beg for the 48 hour day – which of course is never going to happen. Getting the balance right is a challenge for me and I realise that it sometimes must be hard for my loved ones to live with me.

What are your tips to others concerning the Dream Job/Life?

I have my own business, a theatre is nothing else then a shop. You sell goods that people like to buy. For those who also like to set up their own business, I think my biggest tip is to make sure that your home-base is OK. If your partner, children or circle of friends are grumbling that they do not see you as often as they would like, it is hard, particularly when the hours are long and odd and it is very difficult to generate real income from it.

This brings me to the second tip which is Perseverance, Perseverance, Perseverance. This means that you cannot always please your base, but you can make them aware how important this work is for you, so they accept that you are not always there for them.

Thirdly you have to be prepared to work odd hours (often when others are already asleep).

And lastly it cannot be said enough … network, network and network. Contacts are of the essence when setting up your own business whether it is as a consultant or as a theatre producer, you have to go out and get to know people who can inspire you and help you to develop. And it is equally rewarding to share your own knowledge and skills with others and often creates new opportunities again.

Who are you?

I am a happy person that leads STET The English Theatre. We work for most of our productions in the Koninklijke Schouwburg in The Hague. In Summer we go outdoors and have great open-air productions. Theatre practitioners from around the world are brought in by STET to provide the international community (including many Dutch internationals) with a high quality theatre programme all year round. And STET was one of the producers of the first ever English language Shakespeare Festival, which will continue in the years to come. We also reach out with an extensive education programme to many schools in all of The Netherlands. So have a look at www.theenglishtheatre.nl and hope to see you at one of our performances!

Jo shakespeer

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Cooking & Eating the relaxing activities of today…

One thing of many, I love about my international friends, is a fact that each time we arrange the party we do bring our home land meals. That is how I was able to taste food from all over the world without traveling to those countries like Ethiopia, Mexico, Bolivia, US, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, Venezuela, Serbia, Turkey, Netherlands, Spain, Chile, Suriname, Georgia, Moldavia, Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria.

How one can discover and learn about other cultures? Through tasting their food 🙂 

I am happy that my friends are not only preparing and sharing those tasty dishes with me and others but also are eager to share their recipes and teach me abut their food.

Of course I am not a professional cook as my partner, however I love to cook, especially when I have friends who would enjoy the meal with me after all. Sharing a meal and laughter with a friend makes me forget about all dark sides of life and make me appreciate human interaction more and more.

I love to combine different ingredients and create new meal from it. Putting loud music and dancing in the tact of cut veggies – it’s a wonderful, relaxing feeling.

I wish you all a wonderful time while cooking and eating, make best of it. What you eat makes your body and mind function.Good functioning body and positive mind are able to attract better energy and better things into your life: job, partner, babies ….

Below on the photo are ingredients of absolutely divine salad made once by my Georgian friend, just cut and mix everything and enjoy it!!!

Ingredients: the same amount of green apple as avocado, a bit of a dill, few raisins, squeeze of lemon, mustard 


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Nature as a best relax coaching

Last Tuesday I needed to be free from work. After duty tasks, I was able to do whatever I wish to do and due to the sunny and pleasant weather I decided to go for the first time this year to the beach.

It was the best idea of the day, week or even a month. I did not realised this till the moment I have found out myself on the beach, how much I have missed the peacefulness, stillness and beautiful of the surroundings.

Mid of the week during still winter time, makes the beach the perfect place to let your body and thought to fly away into the relax mood.

Sometime one does need to recharge their personal batteries. Pity we are forgetting about it. We managed to charge our phones or tables everyday in order for them to function, yet we completely forgetting about our own body and mind.

Why is that?

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Dream Job of Vinita Salomé

To be honest I do not really remember how I have met Vinita, one thing is for sure we are both creative expats meeting each other from time to time in The Hague area during networking events, and that is nice

Name:                Vinita Salomé

Country/City:      The Netherlands, Gouda  LondonHeadshot_14low

What is your dream?
My dream is to touch, encourage and spread happiness through my work/craft which is photography.

What is my dream job?
I’m living my dream job at the moment and feel very grateful that I am able to do this. Through Vinita Salomé Photography, I could utilise my everyday experiences as a mother, my love for photography and my innate interest in people. Over the years families have shyly opened up for me and my camera so I could show the invisible bonds of love that held them together. I strive to make parents and children feel relaxed and comfortable about allowing me into their lives and letting me take photographs that are natural.
My hope for all my clients is that years later, when nature has taken its course and the children have moved out, sometimes to distant lands like I did, both the parents and children will have a tangible reminder of an ordinary day that time has made extraordinary.

How did you achieve your goal = dream job?/ How do you plan to achieve your goal=dream job?
I grew up in Kobe – a picturesque city that would inspire any photographer, and it was in Kobe that I was first introduced to the art of photography.
My journey into the world of photography was an adventurous one. I took the first step into this competitive world when I moved to Mumbai, the Indian city that never sleeps. Like most photographers I started at the bottom.
I began learning the craft as an assistant at a renowned photography studio.  But, to my utter dismay, my enthusiasm turned against me. I kept tripping over tripods and got stuck with the nickname “walking war-zone”. It was during this time that I realised I belonged outside. So, I tentatively, ventured into the world of outdoor photography, and there I’ve stayed ever since.
Having traveled extensively and lived in three countries I have always been fascinated by people. I longed to combine this love of people and photography and make a living at the same time.
While I was piecing this together, I fell in love and ‘settled down’ in Gouda, the Netherlands. It was only in 2006 after my son was born that things finally fell in place.
That was when Vinita Salomé Photography was born.

What is your tip to others concerning the Dream Job / Life?
Take the plunge and go for it! You will never know until you’ve tried it!

Who are you?
There are many ways I can answer this questions as a lot of it is intertwined.
Personally, I have been born and brought up in Japan, come from Indian origin and now live in The Netherlands, with my Dutch husband and our 6 year old son.
 Dream job wise: I’m a lifestyle portrait photographer specialising exclusively in children and family portraiture. Please feel free to browse my website at: www.vinitasalome.com and I regularly update my blog here: www.vinitasalome.com/blog

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Dream Job of Natalia Voronova

I have met Natalia last year via mutual friend. I must say even thou we do not see each other so often, each time we have a chance I enjoy our mutual and intellectual conversations.

Name:                Natalia Voronova

Country/City:     Moscow, Russia; since 2012 – The Hague, Netherlands  Natalia

What is your dream?

In each period of our life we have different dreams. For the moment I have 2 main dreams:

1) I want to become a mother;

2) I want to have a stable income no less than 7000 Euros per month netto. This income will allow me to realize lots of other things.

What is my dream job?

I would like to work in an international organization that has to do with education and culture. 14 years I worked like a senior lecturer in German at the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, have quite a successful experience in teaching foreign languages, including my own one, Russian like a foreign language. I speak 5 languages and always continue studying myself. Parallel to the university I was always occupied with various projects that have to do with linguistics, literature, culture and intercultural communication. All this allowed me to create a solid base of ideas, how we could improve educational system, how could we make the intercultural communication more efficient and how could we get closer to each other through culture. I am totally agree with F.M.Dostoevsky who said that beauty will save the world. So, I think I could really do something in this direction. So, I am looking for the opportunity to join a collective of people who think alike and I want to share my experience and ideas in order to realize them.

How did you achieve your goal = dream job? / how do you plan to achieve your goal=dream job?

I continue teaching German in The Hague, I write articles for some magazines devoted to culture, and I am trying to increase my circle of acquaintances in order to get some access to some international organisations that are occupied with culture and education. For everybody who will read this: I would be very grateful for any tip and if somebody can really help me on this way I would like to say – please, give me a chance on your own conditions. I know I can and I want to prove it.

What is your tip to others concerning the Dream Job, Life?

No tips. Everyone has his own path.

Who are you?

I am an ambitious materialistic girl that somehow without any reasons and proofs believes that light is always stronger than darkness. I really believe in the power of good and beauty.

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Dream Job of Kristin Anderson

I have met Kristin somewhere in 2011 in The Hague, while our neighborhood center has organised a gathering and since than we have been meeting every now and than. Kristin is one creative and kind person, always a pleasure to talk to. 

Name: Kristin Anderson

Country: Originally from Solvang, California, USA. Currently residing in The Hague, The Netherlands

What is your dream?  Kristin

When I was about 9 years old, one of my classmates called me Mother Nature based on my tom-boyish demeanor and my enthusiastic enjoyment of the outdoors.Let’s just say I wasn’t pleased. Today, I view this off-handed remark as a prophetic compliment. My dream is to live in a natural setting with a group of inspired friends who share a common philosophy of peaceful communication, respect of nature and who want to make positive change in the world. There would of course be literature, trips to the museum and organic café lattes involved! I would hope for a community of people who are grounded, yet excited by life. My role in this community would involve writing and communication. And this brings me to my dream job.

What is my dream job?

Although I live in The Hague, a large city by many calculations, I have an affinity for nature and have always dreamed of working in a field that would support the natural environment. Thus I could picture working for an organization that works on important global environmental issues, such as the UNESCO IHE Institute for Water Education, in a writing and communications role. My other passion is writing, and I have written throughout my life, though mainly for others. I was the Marketing Director of an architectural firm, I have contributed to the writing of books, edited books and written freelance articles for local and regional publications in the United States. Now my writing focus is on environmental fiction, but with a special niche—eco-romance.

How did you achieve your goal = dream job? / how do you plan to achieve your goal=dream job?

I think the best way to achieve my career goal is to do the research, find an organization that meets my criteria and then network. Job skills are indispensible, but networking and connecting is just as important an ingredient in getting your resume before the right people. Regarding my dream job of writing, I have just reached a life long goal! I published my debut novel Green last month! Here is a little teaser: Ranging from comedic and sexy to contemplative and heart wrenching, Green is the engaging story of discovering your core values through the curve balls life, love and the environment throw your way.

What is your tip to others concerning the Dream Job / Life?

My tips on embracing your goals are to:

1) give yourself permission to follow your dreams,

2) send your inner critic on vacation,

3) dedicate a minimum of 3 hours a week to your craft,

4) ask your family members to honor this time you have set aside for yourself and do the same for them,

5) create measurable, realistic and time specific goals and deadlines,

6) share your vision and successes with others,

7) network and use the skills you have to promote your dream.

Who are you?

And on that note, I might as well take my own advice! My debut novel Green is now available in paperback or kindle format on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, amazon.fr, amazon.au and more. Visit my author website www.authorkristinanderson.com for more information and Amazon links in multiple countries.

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Can you imagine your future job…?

Andrew McAfee argue that new technology inventions actually is positive.

The replacement of humans by new technologies, for me is still beyond imagination even though I know it is happening already. It really raced the question in what direction we shall train in order to compete with the machines. What kind of job one will have and will it be satisfactory and beneficiary. I have two questions related to it:

1) How the recruitment / interview process will look like? Will we be interview by highly intelligent computers? And what criteria will be taken into account? 

2) What about people who are not into computers and technologies, what about those who prefer to work with their hands, will they find a job since all manual work seems to be replaced by the androids?

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