Stephanie Stepan

Stephanie Stepan

How are you feeling today?
Excited – I’m putting the finishing touches on this week’s interview for Friday Best, an online magazine
for young women I recently co-founded. I love seeing it all come together.

What did you have for breakfast?
I had one of those green smoothies that look putrid but actually don’t taste so bad if you close your eyes.
I never thought I would become a smoothie-guzzling kind of person but there’s something to be said for just putting everything into a blender and then voilà, off you go.

What about heritage is important to you?
I love it because on a day-to-day level we don’t have much cause to think about it but it shows up in so many ways. For me, I’m an Aussie with Czech parents who now lives in Amsterdam. Living here, with this huge mix of Dutchies and expats, I see that heritage is where we’ve been and what we make of it. I think it’s important to get a good hold of your story.

What’s your job today and what would you like it to be in the future?
Today, I help businesses tell their story by creating content like blog posts, press releases and website copy, as well as bigger picture services such as content calendars and brand strategy (www.stephstepan.com). I’m also the editor and co-founder of Friday Best, the magazine I mentioned earlier.

In the future, I’d like to go broader – helping businesses think not only about making meaningful content, but also how viewers experience it. When we set about creating Friday Best our aim was to make gutsy content, but equally a gorgeous and functional online platform to match. We’re pretty happy with result - even if we’re rather biased! However, in the back of my mind I know it’s still the beginning. There’s so much room to rethink the way we read, watch and connect with new ideas.

What are you undoubtedly good at?
I often think that I’m lucky to have been raised speaking two languages – English and Czech – and as a result I pick up languages relatively quickly. I just passed my NT2 Dutch exams!

How does the place you work influence your life and your work?
It has a huge impact on my everyday life. I’m naturally a very social person and as a freelancer it’s easy to be cooped up for hours on end by yourself. Thank goodness for co-working spaces!

What if co-working spaces didn’t exist?
I would have an even closer relationship with my kitchen pantry. I’m particularly close with the crackers, peanut butter and cheese.

If you could create a perfect workspace for you to work from, what wouldn’t be missing?
The perfect workspace would have lots of natural light, people working on inspiring projects, a good cup of coffee and an office pooch, of course.

What’s the last picture you took with your phone?
There are actually an extraordinary amount of photographs of a dog I look after every week. We went for a walk in the Amsterdamse Bos the other day and I stood there for about ten minutes saying, ‘Just one more photo, Moos!’ like an obsessive mother. I’m a dog person at heart.

If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What a tough one. Let’s go with something savoury that involves cheese, bread, popcorn and peanut butter. Perhaps a set of side dishes.

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