a financial biography of Symen Veenstra
Born. Parents take care of the costs of living: baby food, diapers, toys, et cetera.
Gets first piggy bank. Sturdy little thing with a lock and all. Current whereabouts unknown.
Gets first pocket money.
First bank account. Collected coins disappear into a machine and get transferred into a sum on a piece of paper. Magic.
First time selling something: going door to door offering “kinderpostzegels” (children stamps). Money goes to children with little money.
Going door to door with other children selling discarded toys and other items for Greenpeace, trying to save the whales and the cute little seals. Target reached: whales saved.
Graffiti era begins. Finding creative ways to get access to markers, spray cans and the like.
First summer job. Turning cheeses in a cold cheese warehouse for two weeks. Fodder for a story (in Dutch) years later.
Further summer jobs: Melting butter, stacking boxes, picking flowers, turning flowers into dried flowers. When picking flowers: no work in case of rain. No money too.
First internships: Van3lPrinting office, Wehkamp photo studio, Zedek display design studio. No money changes hands, weird enough.
Enters Art Academy. Gets first Macintosh computer. Parents provide.
Joins a rap group. Money made through doing shows ends up in a collective fund, used for studio time and, seemingly, other things.
Internship at Vorm Vijf. A financial compensation is in place. Combined with the money from the study grants, feels rich for the first time.
First job as a graphic designer, first real salary. No financial worries.
First job ends. Government provides for a couple of months.
Second job as graphic designer. New costs: travelling to work by train.
Buys an apartment in Amsterdam. Grandparents provide part of the money.
Second job ends. Government provides for a couple of months.
Starts new career as an illustrator. Low investment costs: works from home. First consignments, first agent. An era with lots of freedom and varying amounts of money starts.
(check) Sells house to start living together in another city. Timing is off, makes a very limited amount of money.
Has daughter on the way. Starts renting a workspace in town to make space for incoming daughter.
New costs arise as ex-girlfriend leaves with daughter to live far away. Public transportation, rent, replacement furniture, legal bills.
Sees seeing changes in the way the image is appreciated. Starts thinking about money a lot.
Starts the Valutagrafie project.