Voices of Berlin is Berlin Untelevised‘s monthly Lives project. This project is to show the connection behind real lives within this both crazy and wonderful city by asking it’s many residents one question a month. Our ultimate goal is to curate a collection of accounts on many topics, ending each month with an abstract poem created through that month’s selection of responses and, thus, transform Berlin into a poet.  January‘s theme is How I Stay Alive.

 

Camille, France.

“Let’s say that first of all, there’s my “official work” which is translating, I do some various articles and translate and write for publications. Then, we get into my hobbies but I still survive off my hobbies a little bit, so selling vintage, pop-ups a few times a year and I’ve just started trying to sell stuff online too, so there’s that.

Then…. We get into the sketchier, I-need-rent, Craigslist segment of how I survive, so a lot of fetish-oriented stuff, a lot of foot fetishes especially because I guess… it’s the least creepy.  Funnily enough, I met this one guy who started off as a foot fetish job and then ended up asking me Can you translate my book? So I was like Woah! OK! Killing two birds with one stone I guess! So currently I’m doing that!

There’s the lighter side prostitution which is stuff like someone just wanting you to be naked like they just want to watch you being naked and then you get some money. There are many possibilities that aren’t full-on prostitution and that’s how I’m surviving. When it comes down to straight-up come round my house, suck my dick, I’ll give you 100 euros. That, for some reason, I can’t get past.”

How I Survive - January's edition of Voices of Berlin for Berlin Untelevised

Read Camille’s contribution to this month’s Voices of Berlin poem and its collection of other Berliner accounts in January’s How I Stay Alive in the first week of February. If you’re a Berliner, find out how to add a contribution by emailing the editor of Lives lorathepoet(@)gmail.com.