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“I took my camera wherever I went and tried to capture people’s stories”

The film production company Klaudia works for is small, personal and very indie. To her, telling stories about people’s lives or teaching languages doesn’t feel like work but rather like an act of sharing or exchanging ideas.

By Klaudia via 7 Q

Have you learnt a profession?

I started to study Romance linguistics (french and portuguese) even though I didn’t have a clue what to expect from it. I simply loved languages. After a couple of years I still didn’t know where I was going. So I decided to move to Taiwan to live with my father for a while and study Chinese Mandarin. It was one of the best experiences I had! The language, the culture, the way of life and those incredibly friendly people fascinated me. I took my camera wherever I went and tried to capture people’s stories. And that was the moment I knew: I want to make documentaries. I got back to Vienna and signed up for broadcast journalism. After almost 9 years I finally finished my master’s degree in linguistics and journalism.

What do you do for a living?

I’m working at a documentary film production company in Vienna. I am assisting the filmmakers with doing research, interviewing protagonists and with editing the footage. It never gets boring and I learn something new every day.

Can you imagine doing something completely different?

I had quite a lot of different jobs in the last few years but what I enjoyed most besides the work on movie sets is teaching languages. While studying I was teaching German to immigrants in Vienna. There’s nothing more satisfying than students thanking you with tears in their eyes telling you how much you helped them. Sometimes I dream about opening my own language school.

Do you like your working environment?

The company I work for is great. It’s small, personal and very indie. It’s a creative environment where everybody contributes and we all enrich each other.

Can you imagine not to work anymore?

Telling stories about people’s lives or teaching languages doesn’t feel like work but rather like an act of sharing or exchanging ideas. I can’t imagine not to do “work” anymore.

What causes you stress?


Working for people I don’t respect. Being forced to work on something that is against my beliefs.

What makes you happy?

Simple things. A „thank you“, a smile. Enough time and money to travel.

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  1. Elisabeth Scharang

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