I will give you a little story about me, where I am from and what brings me to Bitcoins Berlin.
I heard this saying recently that really resonated with me;
Be the star of your own movie.
Up until I had heard this saying, I had not made a conscious effort to live my life like this, but when I put my adult life into context, I think on some level I have been doing this.
The movie Yes Man starring Jim Carrey (fun fact, we both went to the same high school – Huron Heights in Newmarket Ontario Canada) touched on this idea, that saying yes to anything that life throws at you will help make the most of it. I do not live by this but I do believe that saying yes can act as pivot points on the path of life.
The first example of this that comes to mind is when I decided to study abroad in Singapore for my third year of University. I was studying Radio & Television Arts Ryerson University in Toronto Canada. A study abroad exchange had always been something that I wanted to do. At the time Copenhagen Denmark was at the top of my list. I had heard that there was a really good program there, and my best friend and roommate would be going.
But as fate would have it, the program in Denmark was shut down due to lack of a proper curriculum – I guess I had heard wrong about their good program. My guidance counselor, Donna B pitched me on a new destination, a city totally off my radar, where I would be the first exchange student from Ryerson to attend – Singapore. I can remember almost without hesitation saying, “Sign me up”.
So it was set, for the next 6 months I would be out of North America for the first time, living and studying in Singapore. I had very few expectations, but I went in with an open mind expecting the worst and hoping for the best. One thing that I really did not expect was how incredibly easy it was to travel in South East Asia. From Singapore I was lucky enough to make it to travel to Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
It was on one of my first trips when another pivot points of my life arose, when I met my girlfriend Isabella. She was also on exchange, from Austria, living in Singapore. We became friends quickly, bonding over food, wine, bad comedy and just about everything else.
It was amazing how fast those 6 months past and soon it was time to go back to Toronto and finish my studies. Isabella and I kept together our long distance relationship and it was soon time to figure out a plan of how we wanted to enter into our post education lives. Like I said earlier, if I am thinking like the star of my own movie, what would he do? The answer was simple, and just like that I was on a plane to Vienna, Austria.
Austria for the first time is totally overwhelming, the language, the history, the culture, the diversity of it countries but Singapore had wired my brain to want to see as much as I could while I was there. I made plans to visit anyone I knew who was living in Europe. It was not too long before I was headed for Berlin.
My first visit to Berlin was the perfect storm of travel experiences. It was mid of summer, the streets and cafes were full, the low key, grunge charm mixed with a palpable energy, I immediately felt at home and knew that this is the place I had to live.
Surprisingly, it was not all that difficult, aside from a few weeks of job searching and a trip back to Canada to renew my visa. I soon found myself back in Berlin, but this time I would be here to stay. I landed my first ‘real’ job in the media industry with Nickelodeon in the programming analysis department.
It was a great first step into the door, I learned a lot from the people there and I am still thankful for the opportunity, but ultimately it was not the right fit and after 6 months, I decided it was time to move on.
By this time I had a lot of friends living here who were working as freelancers in various capacities and having built a portfolio I decided to join them and put my education to work for me and I started working as a photographer and videographer. I picked up any job I could get, whether it was a club photo gig, a wedding or promotional video for real estate I was happy to do it. It was a slow process to start but soon enough I was found myself with repeat customers and building relationships. You can see some of my work here if you like – dylanmcfadyen.com
One relationship that made a big impact on me was when I met Jörg. He was a friend of a friend and we bonded right away. He told me he worked in Bitcoin and he and his partners had a company called Bits&Coins Berlin, where they built Bitcoin start-ups. Up until that time, I had never met anyone who was part of this counter culture and whenever Jörg and I met, I would always be picking his brain about Bitcoin trying to better understand it and hoped that we might be able to collaborate in some capacity in the future.
It was not until we were at an annual Canadian Thanksgiving dinner that my friend hosts that Jörg told me about an opportunity that would be opening up within his company to do sales, marketing & customer service.
Without hesitation I agreed.
It has been a week of work at Bits&Coins Berlin and I have already learned a lot about the company, the industry and I am greatly looking forward to what the future holds.
I will be available 9-5 Monday to Friday to help with anything Bitcoin Related.
I look forward to hearing from you.