Jo-anne Limm is currently the Compliance Manager at Discovery Inc, the American mass media company and owner of Discovery Channel. Jo-anne was a long stay resident at Zoku during her recent relocation to Amsterdam. 

What path has your career taken?

I’ve been a dog walker, a horse-riding instructor in the US, interned at the Ministry of Finance in Ghana, an NFL club in America, worked in the legal field and now I’m in broadcast compliance – if only I knew you could be paid to watch TV from the very start!

What brought you/brings you to Amsterdam?

I’ve relocated to Amsterdam for work, but the fact that the Netherlands ranks as the tallest country in the world was a major draw. Also, the bicycles.

How long have you stayed at Zoku Amsterdam, and what were your thoughts?

I was a long stay resident at Zoku Amsterdam for almost a month and it’s been great. I stayed here once before in the summer so knew I liked the space. It’s been a perfect starter apartment in a new city, the bonus of the Rooftop Bar and Social Spaces and Community events have been great for someone relocating to a new country solo.

What’s a life-changing song, film, event or book you’d like to recommend to others?

Sevdaliza, Omeara London, 2017. An actual life-changing gig, I don’t think I’ve been to a show on that level since. You can watch the whole thing on youtube thanks to NTS (I had it on repeat for weeks after). You can’t recreate the weight and energy in that room but it’s still the best way to spend the next hour and 12 minutes!

What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?

You’re doing great, I’m proud of you.

What’s your current/newly discovered go-to product, service or app you would recommend to others and why?

My go to London apps:

DICE – a gig and ticketing app, they cover a huge range of artists and genres with a great waitlist function that avoids reselling sites and inflated prices;

Infatuation – the best international restaurant recommendations app – anything above an 8.0 is a sure bet. Rudely it doesn’t cover Amsterdam yet but surely that’s the next step!

New Amsterdam apps:

Buienradar; and Scanbot (an amazing tip from the Zoku Sidekicks!)

Which book/product have you gifted the most, and why?

‘Sputnik Sweetheart’ by Murakami, it’s the perfect intro novel to get people into my favourite author.

If you could pick one project to work on for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Whatever Ava DuVernay is thinking about right now. She’s a leader of change in the industry, shifting the culture and creating important work (everyone should see her documentary 13TH and the miniseries When They See Us).

What is one piece of advice or tip in your field of work that you want to give to people?

Think of Spike Lee, do the right thing.


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