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 and gaming I am an ex horsey girl who wants to get back into that hobby. I also like to row and swim, and would love to get back into that properly as well. .
I am a nerdy girl; I game, do some simple coding of my own, have a few obscure hobbies, and love the escape and sometimes mental challenges good scifi and fantasy bring. 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!
have been an enthusiastic workplace juggler ever since I attended Westerdal’s School of Communication. Or, to be precise, dropped out just before my final exam sometime last century. Somewhere along the way, I became what one of my AMD bosses call their human Swiss Army knife; I am a mix of startup enthusiast, hired tech-industry-gun, as well as a vertex and pixel-slinging writer and render jockey. I mostly blame this on Westerdals. They introduced me to the lifelong love affair I have with computer technology. Their Macs opened entirely new doors and universes for me. This is how and why I jumped ship into a world of better money and worse hours by rebooting my career into IT, 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. I took my first Project Management class in ’98 as the junior in the classroom.
I have since taken courses and certifications in anything from Public Acquisitions to a starter in Escenic, am a SCRUM-mistress, and recently worked towards a bachelor’s in Project Management from BI – The Norwegian School of Business.
My paper was on risk management and communication in international projects.
I’ve started some generic Product Management classes via a bundle at Entrepreneur.com and recently started updating my CG skills – all the test rendering made me a little rusty, so I am updating my Zbrush and Max skills with some Udemy and ArtStation classes.
Hopefully, I will finish my Prince2 Foundation and Practitioner certification run winter 21/22. I should say I am working towards a PMP, but I am not really motivated to do CV fodder like this; I’ve seen so many paper PMPs, I lost faith in the certification.
Places I’ve worked
I’ve never been a career chaser. All I ever want, and wanted to do, is to run teams and create or run things from browsers to databases to 3D software. In 2012, after finishing my gig at EVRY in June, I decided to be my own boss for a while. So I spent 2012 to 16 running my own company, Northern-Studios, full-time. I returned to consulting in 2016 when I was invited onto AMD’s Radeon ProRender team, where I worked until summer 2018 as a technical artist/technical project manager. I was then asked to join the French UV mapping startup Rizom-Lab, where I currently contract in my first gig as Product Manager, where I have consistently, and majorly contributed to increasing our profit margin each year.
The time I spent working for tech giants in Norway has helped me a lot in the 3D field. I think having a foot in either field improves my work in both. I bring disciplined working habits from consulting into my creative work, and I carry parts of the creative process into my consulting work. They’ve both taught me to first define and sketch the box out before allowing anyone, including myself, to start thinking outside of it.
After the obligatory stint as sysadmin, running servers and building consultant labs, I moved on to rollouts and thin clients before the cloud was cool. I got hired by Opera Software during its first wave of hires. I worked my way up from test-newbie to test manager. Opera was intense, and it’s where I got my penchant for working with startups. I love the sense of breaking ground and building something solid that comes with working in this kind of environment. Turning the chaos of ideas and concepts into something tangible.
You may want to check out my CV to see the cool projects I’ve worked on over the years. but what it doesn’t mention is that I’ve also always freelanced on the side, brokering at Turbosquid, DAZ3D and CG Trader, as well as tending to clients as diverse as DAZ Productions, AMD,, and 3D World, where I have been a regular contributor since 2006
Things that matter to me
‘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 and drives you to do a good job
I also think that when that spark, that passion leaves or fades, it’s time to say goodbye if you can. Otherwise, it just turns into a demotivating grind.
This is why I believe in being open and honest. It’s so easy to deceive people, or try to make issues go away by ignoring them.
Part of passion in a team also means you care about and how you treat other people. Passion is defined as a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something – as long as people have that in your crew, you should do your best to maintain it within yourself and them. My experience is that it will make performance soar.
Behaviour is truth
Like everybody else, I have family and friends who mean the world to me and with whom 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 am the kind of person who shows care by doing, ironically not always being good with words. I firmly believe behaviour is truth, and it’s not how you feel or what you say that matters, but how you behave.
Cause, in the end, it’s not the emotion you convey or what you say. It’s the action – or lack of, that counts. I see it as a thoughts and prayers thing. In the big picture, the people who send thoughts and prayers get the clicks – for themselves. But it’s the ones silently helping or donating that make a difference.
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 snide and smug BS like Bill Maher
Iread. A lot. I don’t have a TV. I have yet to read 50 Shades of Grey. Or Twilight. 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. Right now, summer 2022, I am hugely into Brandon Sanderson and retro-reading Patricia Cornwell. Books are still one of the best mental escapes around, and my analogue and digital bookshelves creak, and my Kindle cries for mercy. Because of my book habit, language matters to me; I like to invent words and phrases, but I have to admit I have never been near the sheer genius of covfefe, and it’s only recently I learned that huge is spelt with a Y.
I hate 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, as well as auto-cat feeders, and a self-cleaning litterbox I want to hack. But my currently most prized possession is my Sage Teamaker. I love tea, and this really takes the hassle out of temperatures and timers
I’m a gamer. I love gaming, and, despite the entitled pile of excrement called GamerGate a few years ago, I am excited about where gaming is headed. Haptics are currently really happening, together with AR, not to mention VR is now climbing out of the realm of nausea-inducing helmets and bad, bad tv-series. 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 Gears of War (and I am a huge fangirl) to Frostpunk to The Witcher to Mass Effect, but currently, my heart belongs to Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2, which has to be one of the best games I have ever played – also on a technical and animation/performance capture level – If I could, that would not be chef’s kiss, it’d be full-on French. If this is the future of gaming, I am so there!