Posts Tagged ‘Amsterdam’

Staus update

Friday, September 26th, 2008

I now live and intern propperly in Amsterdam. The guy that I’m sharing the apartment with hasn’t turn on the central heating, so it get cold at night and he has a phobia for frying things. He actualy leave the kichen if I take out the frying pan.

I’ve got the bike and now I’m biking 1,3-2 metric miles a day making my legs stiff and hopefully reducing my waist.

Work has kicked of this last week and I’m now actually doing stuff all the time. The projects are a bit hush-hush like thy always are in this biz.

Tings left to take care of:
Getting a bank account (harder then you might think, but I’ll pull it of tomorrow)
Getting people to come over and visit me. The problem with this one is that Regis, my housemate, has forbidden me to have people staying at the house.
Going to London to visit Anna and Sophia and maybe my cousin who all are living there.
Befriending some more people, right now I spend at least five nights a week in front of my computer watching TV.
Making Tribal pay for a gym membership.
Winning a few awards.

Doesn’t look to hard, does it?

Finaly, a place to stay.

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Yesterday night I got my own room in the outskirts of the inner city (i.e. inside the A10 highway). I’m staying with this art student Regis who might or might not have won a paint-like-Rembrandt competition in 2006. I tried to google him and that was what I found. Anyways, I rent a small room in a small apartment on a small street, that got just a little problem with those drug dealers, noting to worry about, Regis assured me, but when I got up this morning to go to work he had locked all three locks on our front door and bolted the security chain. However, just living in your own room is a great improvement from sqating some people-you’d-like-to-befriend-but-don’t-know-quite-yet’s house.

Just a quick one

Monday, August 11th, 2008

I’m in Amsterdam again, for a longer period this time. Internship for six months at Tribal DDB… I slept badly tonight thinking of all the things that could have gone wrong before the start of my intership and so far there are a few concerns.

1. It’s not realy said what I’m ment to do while I’m here, my goal is to gain expeience and craftmanship skills whithin the proffession and finaly beinga able to leave as a confident and competent Copywriter… So far as I know they might want me here to have a coffe slave. But since Sean Chambers that has had some contact with our school and who worked with us doing the Epitaph project is now working here there is at least somone else here that knows what the school is actually about and hopfully could push things in the right direction if needed. Lets hope it dosn’t come to that I’d rather be self dependet as much as possible.

2. I’m homless. This is quite a big one, I don’t got a solution for it yet but I’m browsing housing and apartmentsharing sites on a daily basis. I went to look at a place far out in the no name suburbs on Saturday and hopfully I’ll be able to stay there for a while. I’m currently resting at Malin and Tobias (or pherhaps Tobias and Malin, since Malin has ben kind of not home so much) on a fairly comforable mattress above a staircase but after a weekend I feel their patience growing thinner and thinner…

3. There was a mail for me (snailmail, isn’t this a digital agency?) with a lot of stuff to fill in and a contract and so on that arived a few days after I left for Amsterdam.  Since I dont got an adress in this contry yet there is not a easy way to get the papers here. This should be the easiest one to solve, the HR department here should just be able to print new papers for me.

 

Aso there was no spellcheck for this one. Appoages for that.

Back from things and stuff

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Amsterdam is over and I’m back in Duckburg once again. It took me about 20 minutes to get restless and wanting to head over to Häktet for some regular Hyper Islanding.

Anyway.

It was great to be away.

I remembered what life actually used to be like before… Before what? before 2006 I’d say… before I started my the worst few of my really worthless jobs. I’m never gonna have a worthless job again. That is probably the key thing for me going to Hyper at all.

 

Epitaph said that they want to do something with the strategy we gave them, and that feels so good. Firstly as a confirmation that we did do the right thing, put our focus the right way and actually pulled off all that work in a swedish-summer-weathery town full of bars, clubs, drugs and hookers. Secondly because I actually didn’t think that they would dare to do anything with it.

 

So now all that’s left is to find an agency internship, in Stockholm or Amsterdam, and just keep the good spirit up for little more than a month and then I’m off for a real job in a real world (well, it’ll start as a real internship but… you know..).

Music, Branding, Magic(k)

Monday, April 21st, 2008

So for the last week or whenever we been researching music, online stuff and our target groups attitude towards the same and this is what I’ve gathered so far:

 

Internet is more important factor then friends for finding new music.

 

More people claim to buy CD’s than to download music (but the difference is so small it can be disregarded)

 

Millencollin sounds a tiny bit more punkish in concert then they do on record.

 

And that’s it.

I’ve been reading a lot of advertisement books lately (“the branding gap” and “hey whipple, squeeze this!” are two I can recommend) and the theories about brand value, good communication and cause/effect are similar to the theories about magic(k) that the  authors I read fiction of (not Bret Easton Ellis included since he is a odd person in completely different ways) all seem to believe in (Grant Morrison, RAW and so on). The Idea that man and words shape reality, and that men who control words (and other arts) shape realty. The authors seem to think that we, the ad people, aren’t aware of this power. Id’ rather say that we are fully aware.

Men in this context refer to the human race, not gender.

Quit harassing me already!

TPLC IS OVER.

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

The Project Lifecycle ended in flames, terror and all the other things that show how close to disaster you’ve been walking.

If you only look to results, however it was a success. The Grönsaker Dirket farmers loved our stuff and so on while Ottoboni and Vin & Sprit was curious and wanted to know more, but not all out declaring us heroes of the biz.

But back to the bad stuff:

I don’t think I’ve been so out of control about anything else before in my life and so clueless about how to solve it.

I seriously hope that all of the internal chaos and discomfort is not my fault cause then I don’t know how to handle the Industry Project module in a month.

Until then I’m off to Amsterdam to do some kind of work with Epitaph, the record company that once upon a time had cool bands like Agnostic Front and New Bomb Turks but now are left with Millencollin and that whole thing. It will be great!