I was born on August 29th, 1978, in one of Zagreb’s oldest hospitals. It still looks the same. I should have been named Rene. Or Bruno. But there you go.
I started my life with my mother and father, kindergarten, elementary school hooligans, and plenty of kid’s magazines that taught me nothing about reality. I finished high school in my hometown, with beautiful marks, and the conclusion that I would never become a professor of physics or Latin. At the same time, experimenting with writing and theatrical attempts gave me momentum and inspired me to continue my creative pursuits.
My next stop was the Faculty of Political Sciences in Zagreb, where I slowly, analytically and extremely studiously – studied. And, in the end, I proudly obtained that master’s degree in journalism.
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Journalism and PR
My first journalistic works were those of a student who, if nothing else, learned what news was, and how to articulate a decent one. However, my first proudly and professionally published works weren’t simply events from the farmer’s market, but were reports from cultural newspaper Vijenac.
But the place where I really learned the tricks of the trade was the now sadly extinct national daily Vjesnik. There, I did start with the farmer’s market news. And I have not regretted it since. The learning curve which began with ladies selling potatoes, or people paving roads in the suburbs, to reporting from City Hall and about politics, was quick; thanks to some of the top Croatian editors and journalists who mentored me. Soon, editing opportunities came my way and I accepted my new role and responsibilities of a desk editor, as well as with writing comments and a humoristic blog for an online edition. However, fate wasn’t in favor of that old Croatian press institution, which wasn’t given a chance to evolve and survive on the media market, and with that, new challenges for me arrived.
While working in Vjesnik, I passed along some of my work experience to the next generation of journalists; assisting lecturer Zlatko Herljević (also a colleague and my first editor in Vjesnik) with the practical journalism course “Media systems and an introduction to journalism”, at the Visoka novinarska škola (now part of VERN University).
What I always like to mention is that I’m particularly proud of my collaboration with the Croatian edition of Playboy magazine and Jet Set Magazine, a collaboration that has resulted in some of my best and dearest journalistic works and interviews.
After Vjesnik, a new challenge arrived in the form of public relations. As a PR manager at Indigo Communications Agency, I had the opportunity to further develop my skills in copywriting, devising strategies and campaigns for clients, and managing various activities related to the events.
But the challenges were still calling for the restructuring of my own resources and my professional path led me to freelance waters; this time opening the doors to all projects that needed my expertise.
Recently, I have accepted the role of educating new journalist forces as an associate at the Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb, and as an editor in chief the role of helping to bring a new publication to life, Global – newspapers for student and social issues, culture and sport.
Also, I am working on online projects such as ZGexpress.net, the new web magazine.
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After high school, I also dedicated myself to leading an enthusiastic, amateur, theater troupe, under the auspices of the Cultural Centre of Maksimir. Former ARS Theatre, and later cultural association TRN, which I successfully managed for a few years, became an indispensable part of the amateur theater life of our metropolis, with several recognized, original written plays (musical ARS Cafe, rock-opera TRN, comedy Balls).
At that time, near the turn of the millennium, I organized some theater workshops and several charity concerts for the children’s wards at various hospitals in Zagreb. I collaborated with a humanitarian organization to train mine-detection dogs, whose campaign For Safe Step I composed the title track, in collaboration with Croatia’s famous composer and musical director, Nikica Kalogjera, featuring Soma Dollara (Croatia Records, 2002).
Always proud of the freedom, research, and new approaches in theater, I initiated a professional project called The Asphalt Rose with coauthors Ladislav Prežigalo and Darko Hajsek. The musical became part of the repertoire of the main Croatian musical theater in Zagreb, Kazalište Komedija.
I am a playwright, a PR consultant, and member of the most creative team in the region, who in February, 2013, premiered the original spectacle Crna kuća – mjuzikl u boji (Black House – musical in color), with Ladislav Prežigalo as the author of the libretto, Darko Hajsek as the composer, world-renowned Igor Barberić as the director and choreographer, and B GLAD Production as the independent producers.
With the same production company I created a modern comedy BALLS. Also, as a dramaturg and a director I have adapted comedy THE POLITICIAN for stage. As a dramaturg, I have also worked on a recent hit musical PATIENTS, with authors Miro Gavran, Tonči and Vjekoslava Huljić, and with Igor Barberić as a director.
More recently I started a creative collaboration with the Medley Theater from Zagreb, a performing arts and youth education oriented company, dedicated to musical productions of classic works of literature, and we are working on a new rock musical – ANA K.
I am a member of the Croatian Community of Independent Artists (HZSU) and the Croatian Association of Dramatic Artists (HDDU).