1. What is something not too many people know about you?
Something about me that not too many people know is that I really hate to speak English. Something about the english spoken language, just seems unfulfilling to me, so I really enjoy speaking any other language I know, even if I am not 100% comfortable with it. I think this really pushes me out of the box when I travel, since I refuse to speak english and go down the easy route. It makes me learn a lot about the culture of the place that I am visiting, and to have real conversations with people in their native languages. I am no advanced polyglot, but I have tried to get down the basics of the countries I visit most often.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
My biggest passion in life is movement. This is in relation to dancing and to music, but in general, I love to move, create movement patterns, and improvise on the whim. I think this desire directly correlates to my dance career. I love to dance, and speak with movement, and getting to do so on a daily basis is the most fulfilling thing in my life. I also love to choreograph and look forward to my future choreographing dance.
3. What are your goals for the future?
I try not to set long term goals because I feel that life leads us down it's own path, and it's the smaller choices that you make in the moment that will determine your future. I take each day as a learning lesson and try to push myself to be better at what I am doing. My greatest hope for the future is that I can keep dancing until about 40 and then transition to just choreography, so I make sure to take small steps in that direction every day.
4. What is your definition of success?
At the end of the day, the only thing that humans all share is the fact that we will one day pass away: rich, poor, hungry, fulfilled, happy, or sad, it does not matter. The reality is that success has to be measured in your own way, not necessarily the way society forces you, because in the end you live for yourself. I spent most of my life living in two worlds. I am both Croatian and I live in America. In the United States, I feel that success is very fiscally determined, and this is something that I cannot relate to culturally. For me, success is only related to your personal happiness and more importantly, the joy that you share with the community around you. This includes not being a detriment to society, but rather helping the people you spend time with. So for my success, I hope to leave a smile on a stranger's face, a pensive thought in the audience's mind, and perhaps allow someone to rethink their life for the better because of my daily influence. Success is measured by the fact that you tried your best to be your honest self every single day.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're currently working on.
Currently, I decided to leave Seattle with a one way ticket to Germany to audition for European ballet companies. I am one month into my trip of auditions, and like every interview/job hunt process that anyone embarks on, there are always ups and downs. For the most part, I will hear back about concrete positions and jobs in early April. I have wanted to live back home in Croatia for about 7 years, and I decided at 23 years old, that if I don't take the risk and do this now, that my dream will never come true. So I decided that no matter what, I am moving to Europe, dancing or not, and making things happen for myself!