It was February 2003 when my whole life changed in just 30 minutes.
“Syl, mag ik je wat vragen?” (Syl, Can I ask you something?) Was the last question I ask to my teacher, before I left school sick. Not knowing what was coming within the upcoming couple of minutes…
I hyperventilated in the car, called 911 and drove to a nearby police station. From there they brought me to the hospital and that was the start of loosing almost everything I had.
Within 6 months I lost my girlfriend, my job, all my 3 cars and build up a social anxiety. I was scared of public transportation, supermarkets, parties and so on. I was trapped in a world full of fear and the only one who could fix it was me.
Fighting my anxiety
It was 2007 when I really started to work on my anxiety. I started a blog about my life and within 3 years I had the biggest blog about Dutch fashion models in The Netherlands. It was the birth of an authority in online marketing within the fashion industry; Jay Dotcom.
After 10 years of fighting I conquered my last fear (flying) in oktober 2013. Back home from Serbia I lost my job (company was bankrupt) and started a whole new chapter in April 2014 when I opened my own office at te Keizersgracht in Amsterdam (FLOW).
Today I’m the owner of FashionModels.nl (October 2008) and FLOW Marketing Management (April 2014). I scout international fashion models for top agencies and help people in the fashion and beauty industry with their online marketing strategy.
Cool detail; I started the blog at the same domain which you are visiting right now.