Read the interview with Victoria Jin.
1. What is the best moment of the day?
Getting into bed at night after a long day. The moment my head hits the pillow and I pull the cold sheets over me, - I’m in heaven.
2. What inspires you?
People who are really comfortable and confident in their own skin, who know what they’re doing. I’m also inspired by natural beauty and people who can look good in jeans and a simple white tee.
3. How would a good friend describe you?
Quirky and curious, into the arts, fluent in sarcasm and overall very cheeky and humorous.
4. Your lifestyle in 5 words?
Creative, whimsical, musical, coincidental, photographic.
5. Which books, newspapers or magazines do you read?
All Agatha Christie novels, because definite solutions are provided. Most romance novels, because reality is never that perfect . And magazines such as Ilovefake, NYLON, INDIE, and Glamour Germany, because the pictures are just so damn pretty.
6. Which films or directors blow your mind?
V for Vendetta, The Day After Tomorrow, Despicable Me, She’s the Man, The Social Network, and The Notebook. I also love all classical Disney movies (Hercules, The Lion King,...). I basically watch everything except for horror.
7. What do you love about your city?
It’s small but not constricted, easy to get around via public transport, and really chilled when you have some favourite spots and want to meet up with people. Also, there are good concert gigs every year and all venues, including clubs, are really diverse with a good music scene.
8. Which brands do you fancy?
Stolen Girlsfriends Club, Wildfox, RCVA, Rachel Gilbert, N°21, Nasty Gal…in short, young brands with cute and casual designs.
9. What sound fits best to your city?
“All I know” by Free Energy. Probably because it’s the song I’m listening to right this moment, but I think it really suits Vienna. It’s fun, quirky, but also melodic and soothing. Or Crystal Castles, since it has that repetitive and lulling rhythm that borders on chaos and youthful disaster.
10. What smell would describe your city best?
A fresh forest breeze with a hint of horse and smoke. Don’t ask.
11. What are your favourite cities around the globe?
Beijing, because it’s where I’m originally from and I desperately miss living in a city where you don’t stand out so obviously. And London, because it’s so full of hectic life and inspiring people – I always feel different when I return from there.
12. Who is your hero?
My art teacher. He’s the bravest and liveliest man I know. A car accident some time ago paralyzed his whole right side – the side he used to paint and draw with. Now, he can only draw and write with his left hand, but remains one of the most talented artists I know. His interest and passion for life despite such a massive obstacle always inspires me to work hard and never let anything stand in the way of dreams.
13. Your life philosophy?
Stop worrying. Go out, Craze yourself out and do things you’ll look back on with pride. As Mark Twain said, in 40 years, you won’t be regretting the things you did, but the things you didn’t do. So turn off your computer, take away those mugs, and get the hell outside!
14. What does NECTAR & PULSE mean to you?
It’s a creative and modern concept that really molds well with our current electronically-based communication and information system. It’s new, refreshing, and tailored for creative explorers who want to discover the true "self" of cities they visit. I also really like how personal it is.
15. What music is most likely in your ears these days?
Lately I’ve been digging Kesha, The Cribs, White Lies, and Red Hot Chilli Peppers a lot. I’ve also rekindled my love for the earlier Avril Lavigne songs, and discovered a new obsession in The Naked and Famous, who are just so amazing. They have such a moving and strong sound, very different and very brilliant. I’m hooked.
16. What don’t you like about it?
There aren’t nearly enough funky young clothing stores! Urban Outfitters, Topshop. Where are these? I also sometimes get annoyed by the conservativeness of some people regarding fashion. It’s meant to be fun and experimental, but many sneer and judge, and it can often make you feel confined.
17. Why do you live in this city?
Because of my dad’s work, so I don’t really have a choice. But considering the fact that Vienna is ranked one of the best places to live in the world (health, nature and all that), I don’t think I have anything to complain about!