09-12-2014 | 16.50
Trouw is temporary and will close her doors forever on January 3rd. Trouw wouldn’t be the meeting place and breeding ground that it is today without the people working there day and night. This series puts various Trouw employees in the spotlight. From the light people, to the door host: all nodes of Trouw will see their place on the pedestal. Today: Latifa - door host at Trouw.
In 2004, when Latifa Chalgoum was 25, she moved to Amsterdam. 'I originally come from Venlo and studied to become a teacher in Nijmegen. When I finished studying, I only wanted one thing: to come to Amsterdam.' Latifa was quick to find a job in education here, immersing herself in the nightlife at the weekend. 'I’m not scared to open my mouth and am always only too pleased to lend a helping hand. And so I got involved in Crackhouse; Aron Friedman, Carlos Valdes and Brent Roozendaal’s club night. Then Trouw opened and I saw that they were looking for someone for the door. In a drunken stupor one evening, I sent an email to Olaf Boswijk, something I regretted the day after. I then followed it up with an apology mail, afraid that I’d been a little too enthusiastic. But the damage was soon forgotten and I was hired.'
Trouw had been open for a year when Latifa started on the door in the summer of 2010. 'In the first three months that I worked there, I did all the shifts. I love the work and I can say, without a doubt, that I can hold my own on the door. During the week, I teach 14 classes at the Amsterdam ROC, where I teach Dutch and Social Studies. Because of this, I’m not quickly overwhelmed or easily influenced, which comes in handy at the door.'
Text: Dennis de Vogt
Photo credit: Ramona Deckers