THE REALIST

 

Interview with Roel Janssen, 47 years old, living together. Educated at the Municipal Gymnasium in 's-Hertogenbosch and Business Administration at the Technical University in Eindhoven.

 

Roel about this time: one of my first serious clothing purchases was an Italian sporty jacket with black leather sleeves at Moda di Domani in 's-Hertogenbosch, somewhere in the mid-eighties. The jacket was fine, but afterwards I didn't think it was cut tight enough. I am short in stature (1.74 meters) and have always thought it important that clothes fit and fit well. My first job was as a café, bar and terrace attendant at café “In De Kleine Werelt” in 's-Hertogenbosch. I was 16 years old then.

What is Roel's position in life: I think it is important to be able to make my own choices, both in my private life and in work. That is why I became an independent entrepreneur. It allows me to maintain a healthy balance between work and leisure. It increases my quality of life.

 

What is your current profession? Roel: my company is called Structural Makers. I help SMEs to structure processes, organization, information and projects. I am also a freelance trainer in the field of project management. What are your challenges? Roel: If you mean what I want to have achieved in about 5 years, I don't have a clear answer. I've always found it the worst question in job interviews: "Where do you want to be in 5 years?" Perhaps I am mainly an opportunist; I grab opportunities that seem worthwhile to me with both hands, but I don't have a preconceived plan.

​What is your favourite movie? Roel: The Godfather trilogy, followed by all movies and television episodes (about 800) of Star Trek.

Your favorite music? Roel: Everything by George Michael, including his covers. I especially love “I Can't Make You Love Me”, “Father Figure” and “Jesus to a Child”. Those songs are full of emotions.

Roel likes to travel: within Europe to Malaga, outside Europe I prefer the United States, but China also fascinates me. Argentina and Japan are high on my wish list.

Who would you like to be one day? Roel: King Willem Alexander. Especially because I wonder what he does all day when he is not followed by cameras and because I would like to sail in his new yacht (Wajer).

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"Drinking a glass of wine with George Michael and wanting to know everything about the choices he made voluntarily and involuntarily in his life."

If you could choose a terrace to have an interesting conversation, where would it be and with whom. Roel: I would give a lot to have a serious conversation with George Michael on a terrace in Malaga. I then drink white wine and want to know everything about the choices he has made voluntarily and involuntarily in his life. Sadly he passed away in 2016.​

Where do you know Pascal from? I've known him since the mid 80's. My parents regularly bought clothes for my father in the shop where he worked - Moda di Domani - in 's-Hertogenbosch. I went there regularly and also bought my first serious pieces of clothing. Pascal already knew exactly what I liked and what looks good on me. He had humor and a good chat, we clicked immediately.