marijn harteveld

project manager

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Setting up, planning and managing projects. Supervising both exhibitions and events.

Picking a study programme was hard for me, it felt like a commitment for life. After browsing countless study programme brochures, I chose Social Work, which turned out not to be the right path. I preferred the practical approach, which fuelled my next choice for the more economically inspired programme of Media and Entertainment Management. Once again, I started wondering whether this was really ‘it’. Only when I started my internship with an event agency where I was thrown in at the deep end of event organising I knew: I loved it! Handling everything to do with events was right up my alley.


After working for this event agency two years and as a freelancer for one, I joined the Tinker production team to prepare for the huge Live Earth Alert event. I continued working on several other events, but before long I became interested in exhibition assignments as well. Building exhibitions and designing museum rooms means working with copy writers, concept developers and designers. As a bonus, I get to learn more about history: switching from the Romans in the Netherlands to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, to the Dutch Max Havelaar. In short, I get to do the project management of exhibitions as well as events these days. Plans expand and grow more intricate, projects become larger and more challenging.


history

1983

Born in Utrecht; moved to Hilversum with my sister, brother and parents at the age of 1

2001

Started on the Social Work degree programme, where I learned more about myself than about Pavlov’s theories. After completing the first year, I packed it in

2002

Moved to Haarlem, a new town for a new degree programme: Media and Entertainment Management

2004 - 2005

Began my internship with ‘the garage creations’, an event agency in Amsterdam. I stayed on after my graduation. This was the real thing, the world of events and entertainment opened up. It was a great place to learn everything to do with organising events

2006

Registered as a freelancer, which allowed me to work for ‘stripped event managers’ in addition to my work for ‘the garage creations’

2007

Started to work as a freelance event producer for Tinker. After Tinker had hired me for a period of six months, they asked me to come on board as a project manager, and I said goodbye to my life as a freelancer