January‘s theme for Voices of Berlin is How I Stay Alive.


Skylar, Canada

“Basically, I’ve been unemployed for a very long time and anyone that knows me knows that I always need a job or gigs, and my friends have given me some random jobs, it’s always work a day here, work a day there. Then, a few months back, my friend and I started a jewellery brand. It wasn’t really a brand, but it developed because we got the opportunity to work at this shop and sell our jewellery there. So, we didn’t have anything, we weren’t making jewellery, we had 2 days and we just had to become a brand! So we did that and then we ended up getting featured in Vogue. It literally started because someone was asking for a jewellery designer, and we just said We could be jewellery designers, even though we’re not!  So then um… we became jewellery designers. Vogue messaged us on Instagram asking us for some pieces and yeah so now I’m doing that full-time!”

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


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 or theme 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.

Read Skylar’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.