10 Dec. 1989
That's the date marking my life. I was born in Genk (Belgium), but soon after my birth I moved back to Germany, where my parents lived at that time, to start my life.
To be honest, I don't remember much of my early childhood. I can only recall certain things because of the stories my parrents told me.
One of those stories was my first experience with a computer. Back in those days, my father brought one of those weird looking mashines home one day. Curious as I was I stared in wonder at that strange looking mashine, not knowing that my future would be largely influenced by this piece of technologie.
One story I do lively remember was my first day at school. Unfortunately it did not go well as I ran away from kindergarden not once, but twice in a row. My parents were shocked and at the same time furious as they actually saw me running across the playgrounds up to the streets after school started. Don't worry, it all ended well.
When I was 4 years old the, now fully grown, family moved back to Belgium where I still live today. I started attending a public school at the age of 5 and remained there for 6 more years.
Mid- and Highschool
At the age of 11 I started a whole new chapter in my life. I was now ready to go into Midschool. Very exciting stuff, at first though. (Un)fortunately it's the same time I came to play videogames. One iconic game I still love today changed my look at the future. I wanted to become ... a Game-designer!
With a clear goal in sight I dedicated my highschool-career to that goal. I studied informatics, mathematics, fysics, didn't do that well with French or Spanish but I managed.
As I grew older I discovered my personal taste in music. Loud music... Very loud music. I discovered a world of Heavy Metal and I loved it.
A change of course
At the age of 17 I still had my dream of becoming a game-designer. I practiced my 3D Modeling skills and learned a lot from the internet. As my future studie started to come closer and closer I made a difficult decision. I left my current school and went to Hasselt to learn programming languages and Informatics.
At the end of my highschool chapter it was time to find that univercity/academie that could help me become what I've always dreamed of. It did not look good for me. At that time not a SINGLE univercity provided a game-design/development course or non were living up to my expectations. My best shot was to go to Amsterdam for my dream to come true. As you can guess, no money, no Amsterdam.
Fortunately I accuired some other interests than only game-design in my life. Multimedia being one of them. I knew what I had to do. Find an education with the next big thing.
Signing up for a Bachelor and Master in Communication- & Multimediadesign
Finaly 18, and suposably an adult now, I entered the Media and Design Academie in Genk (that city sounds familiar). I started my bachelors education to learn all about communication, marketing, graphic design, audiovisual technics and ICT. There was a lot more ofcourse but those were the most important classes.
It didn't take long for me to realise that my passion for webdesign grew bigger and bigger. After my second year I even started a small company with 2 friends called Web-lab Webdesign (that company still exists today). In the summertime I worked as a webdesigner and developer and I was fortunate enough to have my internship at Inventis, one of the best webdesign companies in Belgium.
A new look at the future
I've reached the point where I enter the last stage of my educational career. I entered my Masters in Communication- & MultimediaDesign. More then that. I started working on my own. The last few years I have specialised myself in all things design (print, web, app) and webdevelopment. I builded up quite some experience in 'the real world' or the businessworld in preparation for a future job. Working with clients, developing all sorts of things, and still experimenting with a lot of things that are out there.
Well, here we are. We have reached the end of my story. All there is now is the future and unfortunately I can't predict what's going to happen. I guess at this point I'll go for a job hunt. I already have some places in mind. For some strange reason I'm still thinking about game-design, I'ts still a passion within me that tries to come out. I guess now than ever is a great time to start learning on my own, since the internet has evolved quite a lot from 2000, there arer tons of reading materials and stuff to learn from. But first I need to complete my mastersdegree and then get me that Junior Webdesigner seat at a company. One thing is for surtain. The future holds a lot off stories to be told.