„Freelancing is my career“
Luis Artemio is a financial savvy and creative-minded 29-year-old from the US. He studied Film and TV production at New York University (NYU) and attended an abroad program in Prague as part of this studies. For Luis, living in Europe was an intriguing experience. After graduating he opened a video gallery in the Czech Capital. In retrospect, he describes that time period as a „great experience, but not profitable“. In December 2014, he decided to move to Berlin in order to leverage his career. In the interview he speaks about the benefits of networking, his side hustle, and his entrepreneurial ambitions.
Hi Luis, why did you come here? Is Berlin a center of video art?
Berlin is a hotspot, certainly, but I wouldn’t call it the worldwide center. I fell in love with Europe when I came here for the first time, but to be honest, there was no real reason to come to Berlin. I was young, had the freedom of choice and it felt like a good idea to gain experience elsewhere. That’s it.
Since you’re still here it seems you made the right choice. What are you doing in Berlin?
Currently, I am working as a Client Retention Manager for a startup and as a side hustle do freelance work. The clients for the latter usually come from the art or fashion world.
That sounds interesting. What does your company say about the side hustle?
They know about it and they are okay with it.