I'm Balolas, a Portuguese independent journalist, writer and documentary producer focused on Human Rights, Environment and Alternative Lifestyles. I also organise a festival where I connect people that share the will to be better, with teachers of self-mastery.
In November 2017 I quit my job at a national newspaper so I could dedicate myself to independent creation. Since then, to be able to invest in my plans, I've been working as a freelance writer, content creator, communication strategist and copywriter for different projects and companies.
I'm a traveller, based in Porto, and I have a mission of connecting people and projects to raise the awareness of what's happening out of every personal bubble. My biggest passion is to tell stories to inspire people to be the best expression of themselves, so we all can make this world a better place for every living creature.
After graduating in Communication Sciences with a specialisation in Journalism from the University of Porto, I decided to focus on humanistic journalism. Once I had already four years of experience as a freelance reporter for several online media publishers, as soon as I got my bachelor degree I moved to Boa Vista, an island of Cabo Verde, in Africa. There I've directed and restructured a Community Radio, Rádio Voz de Bubista for seven months and worked as an International Reporter for Bloomberg.
I've then moved to Lisbon to study International Affairs at the University of Lisbon. During this year I've focused my attention on the international effort to rescue indigenous peoples from the tourism exploitation happening in South America, mostly in Brazil and Peru. At the same time, I was working for two startups based in Los Angeles as a communication manager, "Umazed.com" and "Kodo Startups".
In February 2017 I joined the team of a daily printed newspaper "Jornal i" and the weekly "Semanário SOL," writing about Society focusing in Human Rights, Health, Environment, Inequality, and Alternative Lifestyles. I've also created the weekly articles “Generation I," dedicated to the study of the Millennial generation in Portugal.
I’ve also written a daily report series about a 31 days Balkan’s trip with a photojournalist which I’ve also published on my website: www.expedicaob.com.
I'm a constant seeker for new adventures and experiences, not only as a professional but also in a profound self-discovery journey. I'm a native Portuguese speaker, a fluent English speaker, and writer, but I've also studied Spanish and Italian. I have on my plans to learn French and Arabic soon.
I've produced content for Sonder Minds (Portugal), NLP Academy (UK), Rocket Table (Germany), Hipnode (Canada), Awakening&Transformation (India), Barbara Goldsmith (UK).
I'm deeply passionate about everything I chose to do. My creativity and enthusiasm are known to be contagious, so I can't wait to share it with you. You should also know that I'm highly efficient and I have a social media impact, primarily through Facebook and Instagram.
Since July 2018 I've been producing an independent documentary in Palestine, Bukra, a film directed by Diana Antunes.
Nowadays I'm a full-time journalist correspondent for the European Awarded Newspaper Contacto, in Luxembourg.
If you have a story, a project or a company with a mission that needs a voice to impact the world more efficiently, you should contact me.