Reader, writer, storyteller, English trainer, and a fearless funky disco dancing queen.
I have lived a truly colorful if jumbled, life. Never staying in one place too long, I have, at various times lived all over the world. From the hustle and bustle of New York City, USA, to the efficiently organized Berlin, Germany, to the …well, the familiar hustle of the States again, and then back to Europe once more for good measure. With 5 transatlantic moves from hot dogs to Bratwursts, surely I should get the 6th one for free.
As of 2020, I now consider myself a proud New Yorker living in wonderful Berlin. With 16 years residence in both, these cities have heavily influenced who I am today. So I have the brash and loud nature of a New Yorker, but I compensate it with all the warmth, fun loving persona of the Germans.
WRITING & STORYTELLING
While I never really considered myself to be a “writer”, I always had a passion for the written word, whether it be writing a journal on and off over many years, or conversing with pen pals abroad, or writing my first poems and short stories as a little girl. I’ll be honest, they weren’t my best work. But hey, the spelling and penmanship were out of this world.
As I progressed, my future endeavors as “still not a writer” varied; working on screenplays for short films, real estate marketing, blogs and articles for NY International online magazine, and by far the most exhilarating of my works, the 1996 hit, a 145 page thesis at a business college on “Financing the Arts and the Theatres in Berlin”. My plans for a German Art Centre located in New York City may not have come to fruition, but I’m adamant I will one day open an arts center. Until then my thesis will continue to hang over me, mocking me from my bookshelf. It took me a while to realize, that through all my personal and artistic endeavours, a story was growing. A story I continue to write to this day in my memoirs – boy did that journal come in handy – and from which I have performed excerpts before wonderful crowds at THE MOTH in London and storytelling events in Berlin.
Recently I started creating the blog tenderhearted guardians.
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
A snapshot into my education shows that I am a graduate of business administration and marketing in Berlin, a student of psychology in Saarbrücken, and a student of media philosophy in Switzerland. Don’t judge me, this may sound pretentious, but I got to take classes with film directors Mike Figgis, Peter Greenaway, and scary disk jockey DJ Spooky, so there! My qualifications confirm my status as a licensed New York real estate broker, and a certified negotiation expert. This refers to real estate negotiations. I am, unfortunately, not qualified to take on hostage negotiations…yet!
And now, as of 2019, I am a CELTA certified teacher of English as a Second Language.
Professionally, my life has been just as muddled, with a wealth of artistic endeavours working in the theater, music and film in Germany. You might remember me from such roles as a Speech Expert Witness in the German realty court TV series Richterin Barbara Salesh? It was a small part, but some say I stole the show…..continuing on to the more labor intensive bar-tending my way through college in different live music venues in Berlin, to the dizzy heights of real estate brokering throughout New York City, and adding now my new activity as a teacher of English as a Second Language. It has been a diverse collection of rewarding and enlightening experiences. Although probably the most rewarding was working as a cab driver in Berlin, on that wonderful day in 1989, during the fall of the Berlin Wall. They say fall, but it was quite clearly pushed. Look it up on YouTube.
There have been so many turning points in my life that I seem to be running in circles, yet always moving forward. My first transatlantic move as a 10-year-old child in 1974, the loss of my father as a teenager in 1977, moving to New York City as an business college graduate from Berlin in 1996, Ben Vereen moving into the loft across the hall from me in the beautiful Clocktower building at Brooklyn’s waterfront in 2001 and then back to Berlin in 2015.