Editorial and writing
Balance of Zero specialises in different types of writing. We come up with story ideas which we turn into blogs, articles, scripts or research reports. The content we create is based on research, interviews and a bit of heart and soul. This approach is based on years spent conceiving, pitching and writing stories. Along the way we have learned to write for different audiences, platforms and formats. We never use a long word where a short one will do. The main point is: we know what a story looks like, why it matters and how it connects to an audience.
The 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing was made with the help of a crew of mainly Indonesian creatives, who gave up their identity in the film’s credits due to safety concerns. Our series of stories shows their commitment and drive, putting personal gain aside for the greater good.
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The life and times of Marifel Mosquera
They are 220,000 domestic workers in Singapore—women, mothers, daughters— who have left families behind to find work overseas. They prop up cities like Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai. But rarely do they get the recognition they deserve. This story series profiles the sacrifices of one domestic worker in her quest to support her family at home.
Why do you write?
Writing a story is fiscally brutal. In general, the process outweighs the financial reward. That’s just the way it is. So why do we do it? Because we have to. It is cathartic. We don't write for reward. We write because if we don't write, it doesn't feel right. You write stories that never get published or that you don’t get paid for — but then write another one. And you keep going. Because you love stories. We love speaking to people, understanding their ideas, their world and trying to bring it to life through writing. With a degree of clarity and purpose.
Balance of Zero is a content creation studio based in Amsterdam, working with writers, journalists, photographers and filmmakers to create content that matters for brands, media and NGOs.
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