Tea Cup 2 with Duy

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DUY VU DINH (31) | Photographer, Amsterdam

Our Connection: Ivo, a young man who I had the pleasure of interviewing for Camp Bluff a number of months ago regarding his educational journey, tagged three names in a comment under my #30dayjobhunt post on Facebook. 24hours later I was drinking tea in Amsterdam West with Duy Vu Dinh at the Coffee Room. Duy, an enthusiastic thirty-one year old photographer from Amsterdam spoke about his strong photographic vision and his inspiring way of doing business.

“I really want to make beautiful things, to make people happy, and this can take on many forms…photos, videos or a nicely cooked dinner for thirty people during a one-off catering gig.”

Duy, after you finished your higher education, how did you go about finding work? I actually had part-time work that I could carry on with. But when I decided that I wanted to be a full-time photographer and quit my job in April of this year, I had a period of great uncertainty. I wasn’t sure if I could pay the rent, waiting on eight or nine quotes for shoots with no one having confirmed. But, luckily it all worked out in the end, of all those quotes were approved.

I get most of my jobs through my own network, I have made sure that everyone knows what I do and this really pays off. I have friends that promote my work, of course I am someone that does a lot for other people as well; it works both ways.

Do you have any ambitions within the photographic field? Having a photographic exposition and selling my artistic photos is definitely something that I would love to achieve. But in saying that, perhaps in a few years time I won’t be photographing as much, I really want to do it as long as I enjoy it.

Can you tell me about a “bluff moment” you’ve had; a time that you jumped into the deep end, and took a leap of faith? I wouldn’t call it bluffing but I was able to shoot my first weddings, because the couples believed in the vision I had for the photos. Even though I had very little in my portfolio, they wanted to work with me because I had very clear ideas about what I wanted achieve, creating images that were personal, spontaneous and fun. I wanted to be seen as one of the guests, to drink beers with the newly-weds and to create unforgettable moments with them.

Could you write an important career-related lesson you’ve learnt on a napkin?

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Photo 1: Anne Hospers | Photo 2: Duy. 

All photos edited by Duy.  

Series: 30 Cups of Tea – The Job Hunt Project 

I want to see if I can get a bill paying, degree related (B. Media, Information and Communication) job in the Rotterdam area, The Netherlands within the following 30 days. Just in time, before I’m no longer officially a student and the government cuts financial ties. I will drink tea with 30 different Marketing/Communications professionals to bring me one step closer to a paid contract. Each professional will bring me in contact with someone outside of my own network. Let the challenge begin!

Carrière, Interview

Tea Cup 1 with Roza

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Our Connection: I met Roza at a fun networking event in Rotterdam named Tosti Treffer, last year. On the 1st of September, she commented on my #30dayjobhunt Facebook announcement that she was willing to be a part of it. So here goes, our chat at the Aloha Bar

Hi Roza, What are your entrepreneurial ambitions? I want to have a physical space that I can fill with the things I am most passionate about. It will be a place where people can eat, drink, shop, view art, watch the occasional film and perhaps follow a workshop or two. The space will be flexible, so that the focus can change at different points in time.

When do you see yourself doing this? During my studies I will get started on making this happen, together with two friends and after I’ve graduated I want to delve further into it. Currently, I am trying many different things, discovering what I like doing best and which things I would like to delegate in the future.

Can you tell me about a “bluff moment” you’ve had; a time that you jumped into the deep end, and took a leap of faith? Just recently I rang this really cool hostel in Rotterdam called Ani & Haakien, to see if I could work for them. Two hours later I was there, chatting to the young owners. They told me they didn’t have any vacancies but after a nice meeting we did find a way to work together. It’s trial and error but I am enjoying my new position, helping with the programming, something that I’ve never done before! I will be working on exhibitions, events, and tours through the city for the hostel guests.

What’s a big lesson you’ve learnt the past year? There’s two things…One, that even though someone might have years of experience, shit can still go wrong. Experience doesn’t equal perfection. Two… You don’t have to do everything alone, you can do things together and, big ambitions need to be split into small steps, so you can actually make some progress. Like, what can I do in the next two weeks on this 3-year project?

Can you write an assignment on a napkin? What can readers can do to benefit their future dream careers?

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By Anne

Series: 30 Cups of Tea – The Job Hunt Project 

I want to see if I can get a bill paying, degree related (B. Media, Information and Communication) job in the Rotterdam area, The Netherlands within the following 30 days. Just in time, before I’m no longer officially a student and the government cuts financial ties. I will drink tea with 30 different Marketing/Communications professionals to bring me one step closer to a paid contract. Each professional will bring me in contact with someone outside of my own network. Let the challenge begin!

Carrière

My 30 Cups of Tea – The Job Hunt Project

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CAN YOU HELP? ‪#‎30teacups‬ ‪#‎30dayjobhunt‬

I’m upping the ante, on the 30-day challenge trend…

I want to see if I can get a bill paying, degree related (B. Media, Information and Communication) job in the Rotterdam area, The Netherlands within the following 30 days. Just in time, before I’m no longer officially a student and the government cuts financial ties.

I am looking to chat with 30 different interesting Marketing/(Visual) Communications professionals, during a cup of tea (they may have coffee). They can connect me to my following tea chat, in the hope that I will have a contract signed before the first of September. I will ask my conversation partners a number of interesting questions related to realising your dream career and job-hunting, the answers along with some photos will be up here on www.campbluff.com in the coming days.

My Bio
| 22 | Fluent in Dutch and English | Ambitious | Eager to learn |
| Obsessed with beautiful imagery | Networker | Photographer |
| Former Marketing & Editorial Intern – Flow Magazine |
| Honours Programme | Eye for Detail | Driven |
| Lived in three countries | Hard Worker |
For more info: nl.linkedin.com/in/annehospers

Will the hunt be successful? You can follow my reports and job hunt tips here on
www.campbluff.com ‘Bluff Journal’ Section and you can follow me on instagram @annehospers. If you know someone that I must talk to this month in real-life or through Skype, or see an interesting vacancy e-mail me: 30dayjobhunt@gmail.com.

Let’s see if this social experiment will work! Sharing is caring!