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Daniela Bette-Koch

With both feet on the ground

Daniela Bette about childhood places, home and how the Schmallenberg mentality has often helped her as an actress ... "As the date for the photo shoot approached, I was actually excited. I'm used to standing in front of the camera, but it's something different to be photographed in my home town," says Daniele Bette. She means "home" literally, because although she has lived in Bonn for many years, she still feels at home in the Schmallenberger Sauerland. That's why she comes to Fleckenberg every few weeks to meet her family and friends, whom she has known since childhood

She led the photographer Klaus-Peter Kappest to places that hold beautiful memories from that time, e.g. the Bienental in her hometown, where she used to run with her dog and build dams with friends. Today she likes to come here with her own children. The mill pond near Grafschaft is also a favourite place. The photographer took her with him to his "spots" such as the WaldSkulpturenWeg near Schanze and the Sommerseite nature reserve above Oberkirchen. "The sunset up there was so incredibly beautiful, so quiet, simply a magical moment, just like the twilight with the horses. I ride myself, but at 5 o'clock in the morning I've never stood in a pasture before. It was an amazing atmosphere."

"The people here are open-minded, down-to-earth, rooted and not so out of touch with others."

Daniela Bette-Koch

She discovered her love for acting in her home town. Her mother ran the Fleckenberg Theatre Association and Daniela Bette was involved from an early age. It fascinated her incredibly to immerse herself completely in a role. That has not changed until today. "I think I can count myself among those people who have turned their passion into a profession and I'm very happy about it." In order to bite through her profession, the environment she grew up in also helped her. "The people here are open-minded, down-to-earth, rooted and not so aloof towards others. They also have a great sense of humor. Especially in acting, it's important to be straightforward and think in order to tackle something and keep both feet on the ground

The visits to the Schmallenberger Sauerland are little breaks for the actress: Going to one of the many festivals, meeting people, finding time for herself or to work on a script in peace. "That's quite wonderful. I also really take the time to go for a walk and leave the mobile phone in my pocket to think." She likes the amenities of a city, "but the nature here is so beautiful. It's like being on vacation for me and I can miss that very much when I'm back in Bonn." That's why she always wants the opportunity to return to the Schmallenberger Sauerland for a few days, even in 30 years ...

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