What were you doing before you joined ZeroLight?

I was a Motion Designer at a video production agency in São Paulo, Brazil. It was basically my job to make cool TV adverts for loads of Brazilian brands.

Where have you lived before moving to Newcastle?

I was born in Brazil's 3rd biggest city: Salvador. But it's fair to say that I've moved around a bit since! So far, I've lived in Brazil, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Angola, and now the UK.

My first big move was to New Jersey in the USA in 1989 - I was just 9 years old! After that, I moved back to Brazil for a few years before heading off to Breezand in the Netherlands for a year as an exchange student in 1999. I went back to Brazil for 7 more years after this before jetting off once again. This time, I set off for Spain to study for my Master's in VFX, but I was hoping to learn almost as much about my Spanish heritage!

I had three great years in Madrid, and after returning to Brazil again in 2010, I've mostly stayed put (apart from a three-month work contract in Luanda, Angola). Before moving over to Newcastle, I'd spent two years living and working in São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil!

You never quite get used to the skyline...

If you had one piece of advice that you've learned from your travels, what would it be?

Be flexible. It's great to do loads of preparation before heading abroad, but it's just as important to keep your heart open to new opportunities. Being flexible in my plans is how I ended up here! I originally intended to move to London when I was looking to leave São Paulo, but then I spotted the opportunity at ZeroLight. I changed my plans, and now here I am; I couldn't be happier!

What are your hobbies?

I could talk all day about my hobbies! Given what I've already said, I probably have to say travelling is up there, but my favourite two pastimes are definitely drums and gaming. As I mentioned in last week's blog, I've been a keen drummer (at least around my travels) since I was 15. I've been in loads of bands in my time - check out my cover of Fortune Faded by Red Hot Chili Peppers alongside my most recent band back in São Paulo!

So, what do you do here at ZeroLight?

I'm the Senior Motion Graphics Designer. My day-to-day changes a lot from project to project, but, in short, it's my job to help the marketing team show off the amazing work done by the rest of our team. I basically create all kinds of videos and graphics to demonstrate the cool things we do here - luckily for me, there's a lot of those!

What's your favourite thing you've worked on so far?

That's a hard one to answer! All the projects I've being working on so far were really cool. It kind of comes with the territory really: when you're working with this kind of tech, every project will be awesome in some way.

If I had to pick, I'd say working on the OC4 event was my highlight so far. Not only were we at one of the world's biggest tech shows, but we were showing off our cool new volumetric video environment, so I loved making the teaser video!

Aside from the work, though, my favourite thing so far has been the snow! I'd not seen snow in 10 years; I was so excited!

But not quite excited enough to cope with the cold for too long - I'm still adjusting to that…

What are you most looking forward to working on?

I wish I could say the details... all I can say is that 2018 is looking exciting! Watch this space...

What would you say is the biggest difference between life in the UK and Brazil, and how have you found your first few months here?

That's an interesting one. I'm learning more and more about the UK's culture every day, and, to be honest, I'm enjoying it more than I expected (despite the weather). That being said, there are definitely some big cultural differences between Brazil and the UK! Here are the big ones that I've found so far.

In terms of work-life, lunch is a much bigger thing in Brazil than it is in the UK. We tend to all eat together and have full meals rather than sandwiches, which is something about the UK that I'm still getting used to! In fact, it's really common for everyone to have a 2-hour lunch in Brazil. This does mean that we tend to stay at work much later, though; this is the first time I've ever worked 9-5, and I'm loving the extra time at home!

In terms of life outside of work, the change in city has been a massive thing for me. São Paulo is the second biggest city in the world, so moving to a city as compact as Newcastle has been a shock, but it's a refreshing change to the hustle and bustle that I was used to! It's such a convenient city that you can get around really easily - everything somehow seems to be in walking distance! I can see why people call it the "15-minute city." It took a bit of getting used to, but I'm absolutely loving my time here.