French, born in France, Paris suburb. Raised in a not-so-unusual broken family, brought up in a colourful multicultural environment, with its not-so-subtle dose of troubled kids. I always felt a need to create. Early on, I realised my brain was wired to be an engineer: I started to code at the age of 10, learned by myself, programming databases at the age of 14. I’ve followed an engineering degree at UNI: quantum physics, micro-electronics, telecommunication.
My first career was IT engineering for about 15 years, mostly spent in the UK after having moved spontaneously there from Paris. Back then I was leading teams, managing people while being technically hands-on all the time. It was satisying my mind…so I thought! There was something missing, I felt it. I always loved art and especially photography that I was doing semi-professionally in parallel to my IT career. I then decided to switch full-on to being a professional photographer, ranging from co-managing studios, to working as a freelancer in studios and for other private fashion businesses (stylists, agencies, models, and other artists). I could barely pay my rent though, so I went back to IT, I didn’t want the lack of money to ruin my passion. I kept photography solely for the sake of creating, as a way of espression, and the extra money I was getting from IT was partially reinvested in the photography industry by paying models/make-up artists/stylists. I was creating and paying artists at the same time. “Almost there”, I thought…it was satisying for a while, but I didn’t feel fully defined yet.
It’s only when I had a serious accident, that something changed forever: I suddenly valued health and decided to go traveling. I always loved traveling, but I’ve never seen beyong the concept of holidays. And this time, I needed to see something different, discover what the world was really about. After 4 years, and more than 70 visited countries later, discovering new cultures, traditions, hearing many more stories of now remote friends and travelers, I’ve come to the realisation of the one thing that was in common throughout all my life: PEOPLE.
I always had many many friends, many connections. Even at a very young age, I had great quality friends, especially the troubled ones at school, they all had amazing stories. I loved hearing them and they loved being heard. And that is true from all the people I’ve met in my life. In the end, coming to coaching eventually fell naturally in place and I am grateful for all these past experiences to have paved the way to who I am today. And that’s with all this background, my passion for connecting and listening to people that I today can say that I have found my path.
All these experiences made me richer, more connected to people and I continue to get as close to people as I can through my main activities: