We had the good fortune of connecting with Séverine V. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Séverine, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
My structure is a charity (an actress and environmentalist, Severine is the founder of eco-NGO Watertrek dedicated to protecting water, and founder as well of a social production structure, Wiifilm, developing impactful storytelling). So I guess my process was slightly different from that of a proper Business person, though the intentions are probably similar: the will to undertake, make a difference, create my own space to experience new ways of doing things, in my case to raise awareness and have people of my communities reconnect to water. The freedom to do your own thing, to put your own sensitivity, perspective and creativity into it is priceless. I don’t consider myself a Business owner, I am before all interested in the vision behind it, an artist and storyteller with a strong desire to impulse projects and incite people to possible change the way they look at things.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Currently mostly acting and podcasting for my charity. Interestingly enough, the pandemic has opened new doors for me. Whether it’s a playing a part or chatting with an eloquent guest, it’s all about giving a voice to somebody or something that truly matters to me. My first podcast – the Waterchat – is exploring our connection to water and nature through a collection of conversations with activists or inspiring figures. It will be first launched in French and soon followed by a series in English. I have a couple of other projects that I am hoping to develop soon, mostly about women. And in the meantime, I’m hoping to spend more time back on set, serve other (s’) stories.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
After 4 years in London UK, I am back in Paris, so for sure I would bring them stand-up paddling on the Marne along with swans. There is something truly magical and unexpected in being on a water in an urban environment, and this is actually at the core ot the work I do with Watertrek. Few people expect to discover such beauty and peacefulness 12 minutes away from downtown Paris. Then I would probably bring them for a walk around Montmartre, listen to a cabaret singer and share a glass of wine. And go walk along the wharfs of Quai de la Rapée to see Notre-Dame from another perspective. It’s amazing how the world looks different where you’re close to the water. Finally an old Film Noir dans un cinéma du Quartier latin?
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate this publication to the amazing women & friends out there who have helped me turn my vision into reality, before all my amazing partner at Watertrek Emmanuelle Trouslard, who was the missing piece in my puzzle and who is doing an amazing job on a daily basis. Huge thanks as well to actress & writer Romane Meutelet with whom I have developed my last production, my gratitude is endless for her dedication.
Credit: Heikki Simppula, Watertrek, Céline Bliss, USA Network, TF1, Sup Norway, Expedition Med