You're a producer at Fine Acts, where you "bridge activists and artists from across the world to work deeply together, aiming tо achieve stronger impact for human rights campaigns." What's your story? What motivated you to start this initiative?
My professional background lies in the documentary film and cultural industry. For many years I have been working as a film producer. One day a very dear friend of mine – renowned journalist and human rights activist Yana Buhrer Tavanier – told me about her brilliant idea Fine Acts.
She founded the organization and gathered a fantastic team. I fell in love with the idea, the mission, the spirit. And today, I am happy to be a full-blooded team member of this global platform for socially engaged art.
You're also a WEF Global Shaper, a YTILI 2017 Fellow and Forbes Bulgaria 30 Under 30 entrepreneur. What's your 'secret' success formula? :)
I was very happy to able to enter all these fantastic networks and to contribute with my knowledge and experience to a larger idea. I have a problem with the word “success” though, as it assumes something that is completed and finished. I see all these forms of appreciation of my personality and my work as encouragement to do more, be better and have greater goals. These all are networks of support and inspiration. Curiosity, dedication and persistence have always been my driving motors.
What are your current personal and career challenges? How do you overcome them?
My personal challenge at the moment is to find the right balance between my professional ambitions, my family life and my private time. Of course, they are all interconnected. But I need time to develop further and become a better professional, I also need time for my husband and my baby boy, and I need time for myself – to reflect, to read, to relax, to learn new things, to even run in the park. It’s a constant puzzle I play with, but I love it. It’s the freedom and diversity in my days, which I always dreamed of.
Have you had have any mentors? How they helped you?
In all my professional life I have been benefiting from the support and kindness of mentors. I love that and I have always been intentionally looking for that. It’s a very delicate relationship and it takes time to build it, but once you’ve found your mentor you know that you have a heart and mind to reply on; someone to encourage you and to advice you, someone who would point out at your strengths and help you overcome your weaknesses. I strongly believe in the idea of mentorship, and I am myself always trying to share my experience and know-how with younger talents.
What career or personal advice would you give to your 18 year old self, or to young woman change makers seeking to make a difference in the world?
Be brave, be kind and trust your guts. Also, be patient and hard-working.
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