Saskia Hazelhoff, KunstKwesties

The Exchange - 10 Questions

1. What did you want to be when you grew up and what do you do now? Are there any correlations? When I grew up I wanted to be an archeologist. But somehow I started my career as a lawyer and - later - a legal counsel at a listed cable firm! But a few years ago I took a deep breath and made the carrier switch to my original ambition. Today I am an art historian and work as a project manager in the cultural field and I write (blog) about art, culture and all other things that strike my interest.  So yes, I see a correlation.

2. What characteristics do you possess that have most helped you in your business? Drive, being conscientiously and being able to see connections.

3. What do you consider the most overrated virtue? A big mouth. A big mouth draws the attention away from the content and shifts the focus to form.

4. What do you value most in your friends and/or colleagues? Directness, honesty, loyalty, enthusiasm

5. What do you wish you knew when you started your business? I wish I realized earlier how important it is to ask for help. Asking for help or advice has several benefits: It is better for your business, it's quicker as you don't have to spend time re-inventing the wheel and the social interaction that comes with it is also welcome and fun. And ideally, there is synergy! 

6. Where are we most likely to find you when you're not working? In a museum or theater, in the woods or in front of our fireplace.

7. Which living person do you admire most? That's a difficult one. You'll probably expect me to name a famous or well know person but I used to say my grandmother. Nearly hundred years old, with her smart sense combined with all the wisdom of a century. However, she passed away years ago and you're asking for a ' living'  person. Thinking about this, I come to the conclusion that I do not admire anyone. However, there are lots of people that inspire me, for different things. Often those people are artists. One person that inspires me is Marina Abramovic. I know her work but recently read her biography Walk Through Walls. She is a very strong person, knows her strengths and weaknesses and sticks to her path. And when she changes her mind, she takes a new route and simply changes the path. But always consciously.

8. What is your greatest extravagance? Books, flowers and good food!

9. Which talent would you most like to have? Playing the piano!

10.  What do you consider your greatest achievement? Business wise: My career switch. The guts to turn away from a secure environment, go to college again and create my own business. And now, after a period of sowing, it is time to harvest. Loving it.

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