I spent the first decade of my professional artistic career in theatre, as an actress. I graduated from Academy for Theatre, Film and Television in Zagreb with a degree in acting in the second half of the seventies. During our studies, we did not attend a single course that would prepare us for professional life, while my family home provided no such knowledge either.
Although as a young person all I dreamed of was to be an actress all my life, I have quite unexpectedly had several changes of career in my life. I was a theatre, film and television actress, and also a TV presenter. Then, 15 years after graduating, I became a theatrical producer, as well as the producer of many international projects. With my husband, I founded our own private theatre, in which I served as a director for nearly 30 years, so one can say that I became a cultural entrepreneur. I was also the editor for a series of books. 25 years after graduating, I returned to studies, becoming a doctoral student, and after completing my PhD at the Philosophy Faculty in Zagreb, I began teaching at various colleges, quite unexpectedly becoming a professor.
In my fifties, I also completed two two-year education programmes in strategic planning, which led me to new experiences. I also completed a two-year e-learning academy education, becoming an e-learning tutor and course designer. In my fifties, I took up writing, publishing five books so far. I was also a blogger for five years. Meanwhile, I also completed an education for a TQ (Teaching Intelligence) trainer, becoming a professional in this field as well. Last year, I completed an Adizes course on Leadership Roles and Styles and I have been attending another Adizes course, Mastering Change, which has given me new competences and opened up perspectives that may lead me into new and unknown adventures. And, last but not the least, for more than 27 years, I have been a wife and a mother.
And then, in 2016, after reaching retirement, I moved away to China, to the city of Xi’an, 8000 kilometres from the place I was born and had lived for more than 57 years.
I am writing this introduction because I want to show using my own example how our lives are not linear. What we believed as teenagers we would be doing our entire lives takes several turns, and change takes us in directions we could not even dream of.
Change is inevitable in our lives. It is with us every day, every hour, every second, and it cannot be escaped.
As the Croatian poet Petar Preradović wrote: Only change is constant.
No-one can escape change, although almost no-one likes it. It asks of us to adapt to new circumstances, to learn new knowledge and skills. It does not allow us to be lulled, to stop.
Change drives us forward every day, towards new change, and today, change is becoming faster and faster.
Why do people not like change?
The answer is simple: each change causes problems which we have to face, and then deal with.
If problems are solved in time, that is, if we have tackled change and are solving them, this means we are on the right way.
If, in turn, we sweep change under the carpet and say that we do not want to deal with it, that we do not want change, change will not disappear. On the contrary – it will become crisis. And crisis is much harder to manage than common change.
Why am I writing all this in the introduction to VestaLLLs?
Because in order to successfully manage change, to solve problems that accompany change, we need management. And that’s what this platform, this course is all about. Not only about managing your business, your artistic opportunities, but to be able to manage your life, as well. As artists, our private and business lives are so intertwined, often we are our business, our instrument. So, that’s the journey we’re taking together, and at the end of it, who knows – maybe change won’t be that scary thing we run away from, but the thing we embrace and walk with as partners!
Who’s ready for some change?