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Experienced 3D freelance writer, renderer and modeler, Certified software project manager. Avid reader. Gaming addict. With social life.
That’s me in a nutshell; I am half Dutch and half Norwegian, and grew up speaking English. I currently live in Oslo, Norway. In addition to 2-and 3D, I love to cook, my pets, reading, photography, gaming, and making everybody groan over my penchant for mixing and mangling words and phrases – like coming up with the concept of emphyrric victories. I am a self-professed nerdy girl; I game, do some simple coding of my own, have a few obscure hobbies, love sci-fi – to the extent I can shoot back the follow-ups when someone starts quoting. (Just don’t ask me to sing about Arnold Rimmer) Like most other people, I love music and can listen to anything from pre-Renaissance to Black Flag to Imagine Dragons. Or white noise when I need to focus in a noisy environment Oh, and tea. As long as I have a cup of good tea, I can go on forever!
Ever since I attended, or to be honest dropped out of Westerdal’s School of Communication just before my final exam sometime last century, I have been an enthusiastic workplace schizophrenic. Somewhere along the way I became a mix of vertex and pixel-slinging writer and technophile. I blame this on Westerdals, mostly, as that college also introduced me to the lifelong love-affair I have with computer technology; Their Macs opened entirely new doors and universes to me, which is how, and why I jumped ship into a world of better money and worse hourse, by starting out as a SysAdmin – with Novell and Windows certifications from the dark ages.
I moved up and along into software development as a tester/test manager, and took my first Project Management class in ’98, as the junior in the classroom
I have since taken classes and certifications in anything from Public Acquisitions to a starter in Escenic, am a SCRUM-mistress, and am currently working towards a bachelor’s in Project Management from BI – The Norwegian School of Business – where I am working on my paper on risk management in international projects. I’ve recently started updating my skills again, starting with TreeHouse’s GIT-classes and working towards a PMP.
Places I’ve worked
I grew tired of IT-consulting in 2010, and decided to be my own boss for a while. I’ve mostly spent 2o1o-15 running Northern-Studios full-time, with a short stint at EVRY in ’12, project managing projects for some of telco Telenor‘s infrastructures. I sold Northern last year, and am currently in the process of creating Icicle3D, whilst also being the current technical artist and sub-project/testmanager for AMD’s Radeon ProRender for Max. Prior to this, I’ve project managed at NAF with databases, at Redpill Linpro; focusing on i.e system conversions and rollouts, like the one we did for Danish newspaper Jyllandsposten. I’ve also been a test- and release manager at telco NetCom, head of development at now-defunct BetOnBet, an online money gaming company, Teleplan Globe, as a tester and test-system implementer on some of their military real-time software, and I was a test manager for years at Opera Software.
In addition, I’ve always freelanced in 2- and 3D on the side, brokering at Turbosquid and CG Trader, as well as tending to clients as diverse as DAZ Productions (where I wrote a set of tutorials called BCFs), AMD, rendering some of their CAD-ads, and 3D World, where I have been a regular contributor since 2006
Things that matter (to me)
I‘m passionate about what I do, be it my renders, writing or software projects. Sometimes a little too much. Sometimes I pull too many hours and fret too much, but I believe that you do need that spark, that something that fuels you, to do a good job.
I love the creative process, which I honed at Westerdals sometime back in the dark ages; I think that having a foot in either field improves my work in both: I bring disciplined working habits from consulting into my creative work, and I bring creativity and the ability to first define the box, before allowing anyone, including myself, to think outside of it, in my project management work. In addition, I am normally really good with deadlines, and boy, do I give good PowerPoint 😉
People and Pets
Like everybody else, I have family and friends who mean the world to me, and with who I love to spend time, regardless of whether it’s over a good, homecooked meal, or out and about, just hanging out. This matters to me – I firmly believe behaviour is truth, and that you make an effort to make time for the people and things in your life that matter.
I am fairly private about my personal life. Not because I have any exciting skeletons in my attached, straight, no-kids, left-leaning closet, but because I like my privacy. The fact I have nothing to hide does not equate an “Access all areas”- pass to my life. Oh, and I have pets. I always have pets. I’ve had dogs, cats, horses, fish and rats. Right now it’s just two cats – Felix and Sebastian, also known as The Dynamic Duo
I‘ve been drawing ever since I can remember. I don’t think I was very good at it, and for some years I got stuck in a rut. And then I discovered 3D, which I took to at once because it was so much more in line with what I saw in my mind’s eye, and what I wanted to achieve. I use various applications, but in this day and age, where everybody goes for hyperreal, I have to admit I like to add a painterly feel to my personal work. I also like other artists’ work, ranging from Beth Caverner to staples like John Howe and Alessandro Baldasseroni, Syyd Mead, Neville Page, or Alex Alvarez, with whom I shared a seat in the 2014 and 15 CGAwards jury.
Likes and Dislikes
- That feeling of being in the zone, that total focus when you’re working on a deliverable
- Flowers and plants on my desk (girly, I know :))
- My semi-regular gaming meets with friends
- Manners. Manners denote generic consideration and respect, and that matters (to me)
- Humour. Intelligent humour. Colbert, Oliver, Bee and Stewart rather than Benny Hill
- Negative people. It’s not as if I am Sister Mary Sunshine, but I really hate people who are just negative, unconstructive and snide for the sake of it. It’s just…too easy, tedious and boring
- People who don’t carry their load, or pretend they know more, or are more professional than they really are. They’re a timesink, because it means you’re on never-ending cleanup duty
- Badly rendered half naked or naked chicks. 3D offers unlimited possibilites, unlimited universes and all you do are eyeblisteringly bad renders? c’mon
Iread. A lot. I don’t have a TV. I have yet to read 50 Shades of Grey.I have tried to deal with this obvious ordeal by reading anything from Matt Taibbi to Patrick Rothfuss to Gillian Flynn to Jay Rayner to Andrew Vachss to Umberto Eco and …well, almost anything, really. Books are still one of the best mental escapes around, and my analog and digital bookshelves creak. Because of my book habit, language matters to me; I am fairly concise both written and spoken – which means I will ask for what I need or want. I’m not big on the whole passive-aggressive “let me guess what you need by you not saying it” and avoid it like the plague. (And prefer others do too)
Ihate housework, which is why my flat on the quiet outskirts of Oslo is a mecca for those who love gadgets and bots; I have electronics ranging from an IronMan for my shirts, to a soup maker, to a small armada of vacuuming and washing bots for the floor. I also McGyvered my deskchair to be heated in winter via a heating pad with a control under the fabric on the back of my chair.
I won’t automate anything for my cats, though, not after Sebastian bravely attacked the automated cat feeder, thinking it was stealing, not giving him his food… Not to mention the fountain debacle
- My iRobots! ‘specially my Braava
- My Magimix
- My soupmaker and slow cooker
- My pad
- My consoles – I actually use my wii u for drawing
- My Daylight and sunrise alarm clock- they really help in winter
- My IronMan – life is too short to iron shirts
- My McGyvered office chair, with heating pad and shoulder massage thingie
Iam a gamer. I love gaming, and, despite the entitled pile of excrement called GamerGate, I am excited about where gaming is headed. Haptics are currently really happening, and out of the realm of nausea-inducing helmets and bad, bad tv-series. VR is coming along in leaps and bounds, ironing out kinks and inventing new things as the technology is stepping out of its infancy. I can’t wait to see where this is going, especially when combined with good storytelling. Gaming is where I go if I can’t find a book to read, can’t relax, or what I do to process things on the backburner of my mind, or chill. I’ll play anything from Battlefield to Mass Effect to Diablo to The Witcher to Fallout on console as well as PC. Hell, I even have a Wii U for those cold winter days I don’t want to brave the cold and head to the gym.