My thoughts on the WWAfilm and concerts in general

So the ‪#‎WWAfilm‬ (One Direction concert movie) was good! I thought the interview was a really good one. The concert itself brought me right back to the shows I’ve been to, and man, do they put up a good show.

I was wondering, guys, if I were to start a charity to help people with any kind of disability or special needs, get a front row experience, would you back it?

It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while now and as you all know, I love going to concerts. I’ve been front row, back when I was slightly more able bodied, and also since I’ve pretty much become trapped in my chair for occasions like this. I’ve also been at the back row.

There’s NOTHING like being up at the front where all the energy is, where you can connect with the musicians, have a little moment, maybe, and just feel the crowd. When you’re at the back (which most of the time, you are, especially with bigger shows), it just doesn’t feel the same. I think everybody deserves that ultimate show feeling. I know it’s not always possible to be right at the stage, but there’s always something else that can be arranged, like a peek at the soundcheck or backstage or… yeah. It might be a little more than some people get, but people with special needs have enough they don’t get. Music gives energy, is really fun, and I think it’s something that EVERYBODY understands.

Thoughts? I also have very little energy to invest in an actual charity (it’s hard work), and know nothing about how to run one, but it’s just been buzzing around in my head in a way I can’t just ignore.


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Plant a flower and help us find a cure for Sienna Otto and others who suffer from F.O.P. If we raise $1 million, we can fund a clinical trial for an effective treatment to stop the progression of F.O.P. and continue to work towards a cure. With your help, this may be only a few years away. Learn more about Sienna on www.siennasflowergarden.com.


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Jon Fratelli opened for Roger Daltrey on the 4th Day in the Royal Albert Hall in London for Teenage Cancer Trust. I love this man and his kind heart.


A thing about my job!

You probably don’t care, but I am doing another one of those about me posts!

As you know, I’m an artist, it’s my passion and my everything. But not my job.

In real life, you know, the thing where you don’t dream of doing the thing you love the most, I am what one calls a community manager. It’s something to do with marketing and social media.

I manage all social networks for one of our clients, which is none other than Malaria No More! Netherlands. It’s a very awarding job to be doing. In the USA, Malaria No More is a huge organisation with a very dedicated Marketing team. They constantly have really cool campaigns.

Malaria No More! Netherlands is a much smaller organisation without a marketing department, but that, for me, makes them a very very charming organisation to work for. They really do believe in everything that do and they are the most humble people I’ve met in a while. It’s hard sometimes, to try to get things off the ground here. But very important, because over a million kids die of malaria in Africa alone every year. And not only is it the most common cause of death in Africa, it also really impairs the economy in Africa. It costs the government 12 billion dollars every year.

I was never really a person prone to give to charity, and I’m still not, but I do gladly donate my time to this organisation, because they are truly inspirational.


Would you/have you donate(d) to a charity?


When it comes to charity

I never used to be so interested in charity things. I’m one of those people… I have to work hard for what I get and thus I very much like to keep it for myself.

But then I graduated…

I started working for the company I still work for now: Mobillion, a company that does all sorts of things with mobile media and social media.

The project I started with was for the Dutch branch of Malaria No More. I started out just making some character designs and graphics for a game and a little animation project. That was fun to do. Then, when I started working there on contract, I was hired (through my company) by Malaria No More to be a community manager for them. For those of you who don’t know what that is, lets just say I manage their social networks and create content to put on them.

Thus I got to work with the super small organisation really closely. You might have heard about MNM’s huge success in America. They have a big marketing and online team. The Dutch branch is tiny.

I came to have a lot of respect for their humble approach to anything they come across. And working so closely with them, I now truly care about what they do. Over 3000 children die everyday of the consequences of a small mosquito’s bite. The Dutch branch mostly raises funds that they then invest in projects against malaria in Africa. And they give nets.

I’ve been their community manager for a year now, and they’ve really taken a part of my heart.