The first steps Simone Langewouters took as a baby were of musical nature. Today’s result is a jazzy voice full of emotions, which helped her through a tough period in her life.
How do you make an impact? I work at SAP Netherlands as a facility specialist, health ambassador and prevention co-worker. So, for me, impact means taking the initiative and not sitting in my chair only doing the things I have to do. I’m always looking for new initiatives regarding health, a healthy work environment and well-being.
What does success mean for you? To be healthy in body and mind. It’s about feeling good in my job and my private life. I’d say the greatest success is a good balance in life.
What advice would you give to others on work/life balance? Find yourself and be aware of what you’re doing. You’re responsible for your own healthy work/life balance. Work is not everything. Sometimes you have to step back to create your own happiness. I work part time. This way, I have enough time to engage with my music. I get my energy from both my music and work. The mix is the key.
Which skill is useful in both your job and on stage? Open-mindedness. I have a very open-minded and bubbly personality. People are likely to open up to me because there are not many borders between us. I know how to reach them in a natural way.
When and how did you find your passion? I started at an early age. My parents told me I sang before I could even talk. But the actual breakthrough was at the age of 29 when I had a burnout. At that point, I wasn’t doing music. I learned the hard way to find my balance and I rediscovered my passion for music. Since then I have been perfectly balanced and mentally and physically a very healthy person. Music was my cure.
First thought when you go on stage? Oh my god, I have to go on stage! I’m still very nervous but also very enthusiastic. I have a lot of energy and the audience can feel it. After the first song, all the nervousness is gone and I’m super energetic. The adrenaline is amazing.
What makes you get up in the morning? Well, life! I’m always ready for a new day. I’m a morning person, so I’m very energetic in the early hours. When my alarm clock goes off at 5:30 a.m. I’m at my best. It’s the best time of the day.
In two words, what does music mean to you? Healthy happiness.
5 Facts About Simone
- Covers songs and makes them her own.
- Sings in two bands: SP11, an SAP collective, and the jazz band Simone & Friends outside of SAP.
- Has evolved from a background singer to a front person.
- Plays at jazz festivals in the Netherlands.
- Has played twice at the SAP Field Kick-Off Meetings in Nice with her SAP band.