Hi, I'm Lianda Tel. I am a 29 year old Dutchie currently traveling the world, working remotely. This site is to keep you updated on my whereabouts as well as introduce you to my professional self.
As a young woman, I started to get interested in the world of film and television. For a short time I was convinced I should move to New Zealand because I fell in love with Lord of the Rings. This obsession turned out to become a wider influence on my life than actually thought, as this discovery turned me to a life of film production as well as travel.
I studied film for a year in Amsterdam in a pre-film school program at "Open Studio". While this study was focused on directing, I found my skills and interests lay in Producing. To gain confidence to try and apply to U.S. Universities focused on film production, I first studied English for a year in Tarrytown, New York through the Academic Year program at EF (Education First) English School. I not only gained professional English Skills through the Cambridge Certification Program, but also took media courses and gained skills in programs like Photoshop & the MS Suite. I also got introduced to what has turned out to be my number one love; travel and meeting people from all over the world. This school housed over 1000 students at any time, that came from every corner of the world. I got introduced to everything from rice pot meals from my food-obsessed Asian student peers to real "American" high-school style parties. I enjoyed every minute of it, and now have friends all over the world!
But then it was time to put in some real effort. I left the small town of Tarrytown and exchanged it for the big bustling city of Los Angeles. Hollywood was the place for me to be if I ever wanted to do anything in film. I enrolled in the New York Film Academy (yes, in LA) and started to learn about Film and TV production. After one year, I realized I should continue my studies there and get my Associates Degree.
During my time in LA and at NYFA, I learned everything there is to know about filmmaking, producing, writing & the film industry as a whole. I took many internships and filled each day with work, volunteer-ships, internships or other activities. I fell in love for the first time and made some more international friends that have stood the test of time. I graduated the 2 year program with a final short film production of my own, producing two film major students with their theses and with three pitch bibles. During this time, I interned for Tobey McGuire's Material Pictures, Harbinger Pictures ("The Help") , AFI Fest, SSFLA & worked on the set of FX's Legit for one season.
Then it was time to decide what was next, and I didn't feel quite done yet with Los Angeles. While it is a rough city to work in and a tough industry to break into, I set my sights on getting a job. For a while I tried to get a job on my temporary work visa, but after many rejections I came to the conclusion ex-classmate Mike Ruple and I should start our own business. This is how Touché Entertainment was born. As a California registered company in 2013, we worked on several different projects in a myriad of positions. We helped writers and directors develop their projects as well as made those projects come to live. We worked as preproduction- and line-producers on two feature films that went on to sell in the online market space. We made short video content and produced over a dozen short films for students and professionals alike. We worked with small businesses to create ad videos as well as made content for a dozen individuals such as introduction videos for a new board game to video tours for listed real estate properties. We ultimately build a slate of directors we worked with who offered different styles and price ranges for new clients to find on our website. We offered the ease of finding your style of videography and getting an experienced production team all in one-stop-shop. We are especially proud of this feature that made our website such a great success.
During this time, when not working on movies for Touché, I still volunteered at AFI fest and worked several odd jobs through a temp agency. I worked in online professional script coverage, worked as a script-writer-for-hire for small projects, moonlit as a receptionist at the Dr. Phil Show & The Doctors for a while and had many other assistant jobs covering for sick employees or temporary leaves. This was a crazy experience as constant adjusting to new environments was required.
All in all, it was a great deal of fun, and stress, especially because due to the success, I had to find a way to keep my work visa active. This is when I joined the UCLA Extension program. At the University College of Los Angeles they offer a variety of entertainment courses and I wanted to further my expertise in writing, which had turned out to be an unexpected passion, and public relations. Both programs taking one year, I mixed classes and successfully got my certifications in both subjects. I got into master classes for my writing and got industry contacts through these and other competitions for my scripts written at this time.
After graduating, it was time to decide whether I should renew my visa or find a new adventure. While Touché was busy, it was also hard to constantly find new work. When my partner found a new job, it was clear that our paths would part and Touché should close its doors in late 2015.
I left Los Angeles to return to Amsterdam in early 2016 after a well deserved break in Costa Rica & Spain. I also decided to start get my bachelors degree, which was still missing after all this studying that I had already done. I found an amazing online organization that offered Bachelor degrees in Business fully online and without set hours. This was perfect for me since I didn't know where I would end up living or in what time zone. The University of the People has since offered me my U.S. accredited bachelors and much more knowledge and experiences to be grateful for.
It turned out, I would stay in The Netherlands for a while. The amazing opportunity came up to work at Viacom International Media Networks. As one of the major studios, it was an opportunity I couldn't even have dreamt of while living in Los Angeles, so I was happy to jump at the opportunity. As the umbrella company for TV brands such as MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Spike, I was still very much in contact with the content but also learned a whole new area of work: localization!
At my three years at Viacom, I went from Language Operator, to Coordinator to Supervisor. Our department was responsible for the captions for the English Language region, which is meant for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, as well as for the translation and subtitling for many other regions and languages. My job was to coordinate the communications between the localization vendors and the brands, as well as make sure everything was in order financially. We set budgets, handled outgoing payments and accounts, facilitated new channel launches, negotiated with vendors, organized projects, set up language regulations, quality checked the product (with occasional translations and editing the content ourselves) and much more.
When our department grew, I was promoted to Supervisor and was responsible for recruiting, interviewing and ultimately training and supervising the new candidates. Since we were still a small team, it was great to have a great deal of say and control over how our team operated and have full responsibility for projects and see them through start to finish. Ultimately, our time would end at Viacom as the company moved our department to Warsaw, Poland. While not moving over ourselves, our team did visit Warsaw multiple times to train new recruits and hand over our operations to them.
This meant, that in 2019 I was without a job. Having had this 9-5 desk job for 3 years did give me great experience and a new level of commitment and organization skills I didn't have before. However, I missed the thrill of long term travel and living in foreign places and the meeting of new international people. I decided to focus on finishing my studies and finding remote work while traveling in Mexico. In October 2019 I officially set off on my remote life and left for Mexico. After getting my phone stolen at Amsterdam Airport ( and NOT in Mexico ), I traveled further back to Panama and Colombia (where I already was a year before) and to Peru. After 4 months in the latin atmospheres, practicing my improved Spanish, I flew back home ,only to step on a plane to Delhi a week later to attend my friend's wedding.
When COVID-19 hit I just returned and while the plan was to keep traveling, I was unfortunately stuck in Amsterdam and in Haarlem for a while. It wasn't until July that I was able to get to my new summer job in Malta. There I would work with traveling students who wanted to learn English and have a good time exploring Malta. In this Activity Leader position, I found my way back to EF, where my love for foreign friends and travel started. But this time I was leading and not learning. A new interest that has been developing ever since. I worked selling activities and ultimately guiding my students on their journey. I not only got a whole new work experience but also fell in love with Malta.
Now that summer has come to and end, my time guiding teens across the island has ended as well. But I have completed my bachelors and am still enjoying my time on this island. I currently work on getting my bartending license, and filling my days with translating jobs, teaching English to students locally (with my TEFL degree) and writing my first book.
Currently I'm working full time at Marco Polo Hostel, located in St. Julians. I work in front desk management and oversee all responsibilities without supervision. Besides this, I also work part time at EF, still with the Activities Department. In this job I continue my experience with EF, but with a more mature crowd. Activities include evening events, hikes and more!
My plans for the future are open. I want to keep writing on my free time or professionally. I want to keep traveling and exploring different places and people. I am looking into getting a Master in Journalism to take my writing from the creative space into the professional news area. As news, social causes and human interest stories from all over the world take up a large part of my life I would love to explore this area as well in my professional life.
As you can see, I can write a fair bit about my life, but now I want to hear from you!
If you have questions, professional inquiries or requests to work together on a future project, please reach out through my contact page. Keep updated on my blog and see my writing references on the various pages on this site.
And who knows? Maybe I'll see you at my next destination!
You can always reach out to me for professional inquiries through the contact form on the "Contact" page.