◊ Please scroll down for info about Partnerships
I go by Ana V. Martins, but my ID card states a five-name-long identity, which perpetually confuses Dutch people and me too, in all honesty. I am a cross-channel storyteller, a made-up term to describe the various activities that my work entails. Like my birth name suggests, I am many. Whether in blog format, video, or live, I like to spark lust for life in the people around me, especially those with a background of migration like myself and those who yearn for a more creative life.
This blog Amsterdive, is made of life revelations and the wonders of Amsterdam culture. My newsletter – my most personal venue of work – is all about personal tales of self-development. The YouTube channel covers creative living and adventurous travels. I am also writing a book about the bold, offbeat Amsterdam that I love.
And now for some quirky FAQs:
“Ana V. Martins, I know you from somewhere”
You may. I was an actress in a past life. Amsterdam turned me into a writer + content creator. In a nutshell: Portuguese roots, Amsterdammer at heart. Background in Theatre and Journalism. Yoga teacher.
“Amsterdive, as in scuba dive? Or what?”
Amsterdive is a platform that has been slowly shifting from personal to community driven. It invites you in on my ongoing exploration of Amsterdam and The Netherlands while aiming to spark energy, ideas and lust for life in every reader. Consider this a dive. I am the host. Amsterdam is the pool.
“Why Amsterdam (of all places)?”
Amsterdam feels like home to me. My fascination with the city comes from its international environment, its relaxed and tolerant atmosphere, its feel of a vibrant metropole within the size of a big village. The quality of life over here is brilliant: picture a UNESCO-listed old town, bikes, green spaces, bodies of water and people of all walks of life enjoying the luxury of safety and an overall generous salary. The cherry on top of the cake: how diverse & culturally rich this place is.
“Shall we work together?”
We could. Would you be so kind to scroll down and read Amsterdive’s guidelines for partnerships first? Thank you in advance. If you believe we’re a good fit, definitely send those ideas my way!
Partnerships: Amsterdive’s guidelines
First of all, thank you for your interest in working with Amsterdive.
Amsterdive aims at exploring and promoting different artistic scene(s), more sustainable ways of living, as well as bringing people together.
As a blogger, it is my responsibility to present my audience with reflections and ideas that come from an authentic place. My readers trust me and expect that I curate experiences, initiatives and objects that I consider relevant myself, and of which values align with the philosophy of the blog. That honesty is where my credibility lies.
I am interested in working with organisations or businesses that fall into a combination of the following categories:
- Eco-friendly businesses with a clear and credible public stance on sustainability
- Companies that ensure humane and dignified working conditions to their employers, and sell a product that is produced fairly (for people and environment)
- Companies that don’t test on animals
- Companies who sell vegetarian and vegan products
- Organisations that focus on personal-development, creativity, and health from a holistic point of view
- Entities that promote arts and cultural activities in their various expressions ( I have a personal preference for contemporary art, theatre, performance, world music, smaller and more alternatives venues, Dutch culture)
- Initiatives that have innovation as their core and people as their focus
- Companies that are progressive and socially responsible
Examples of organisations and businesses I have collaborated with: museums, yoga schools, vegetarian/vegan restaurants, cultural venues, small-scale festivals and venues with a focus on art and community, fair fashion shops and brands, art galleries.
I will not accept to:
- Publish content on my blog that I didn’t create myself (unless it is a guest post from an Amsterdive’s contributor or a fellow blogger I am running a partnership with);
- Create content for commercial companies that don’t align with the guidelines stated above;
- Vouch for things I didn’t experience myself, that I wouldn’t spend my money on, and that I don’t consider relevant.
Thank you so much for understanding.
This being said, if you have an idea in mind and you feel we would be a good fit for each other, definitely drop me a line. I will get in touch with you asap!
Picture by Andra Stefan