This year is full of changes for me. I got a new job that I really enjoy and that led me to move back to Prague.
It’s my third time living in Prague and like a lot of other Czechs living there, I have kind of a love-hate relationship with the city.
– endless possibilities for entertainment
– it’s a gorgeous place – the architecture, nature, etc.
– there are plenty of job opportunities (it’s quickly becoming one of the more popular places in Europe both for digital nomads and creatives of all kinds)
– you can meet a lot of interesting people
– it’s crowded and a lot of people are grumpy or even rude
– it’s filthy (as any crowded city)
– it’s expensive to live in (compared to the rest of the country) – yet it’s still cheaper to live here than in a lot of the Western European cities
Now I’m more than excited to have a reason to move here. I missed going to the theater, pub/beer-garden hopping and mainly I missed my friends.
It’s funny how quickly you fall out of touch with people when you go away. So I’m looking forward to reconnecting with my friends.
I also look forward to meeting new people, especially like-minded fellow new media creators like myself.
So what happened to the acting thing? Did I quit?
Not exactly. I’m still going to act, but I no longer pursue a traditional acting career.
During the past few years pursuing this kind of career I learned a lot about myself. And if I have to be perfectly honest with myself, I don’t think it’s the right fit for me.
I’ve been miserable for a long time and too stubborn to admit this to myself. I worked so hard to achieve this childhood dream of mine.
So why was I feeling this way when everything seemed to be going well?
At 20, I packed a suitcase and went abroad instead of going to college as I was supposed to. I wanted to learn English and travel.
During that time I began to study acting. Which then led me to London where I studied and worked for class credits at the bar of the school.
Then I moved to Prague and my career was going fine. There were highs and lows, of course, but I was progressing, which is important.
And now I was going to throw all of that away?
Except I didn’t. I still want to act, I just decided I want to have fun doing it, which means I need other creative outlets.
I love writing, I found out that I really enjoy being behind the camera and I learned that new media are a more suitable place for someone like me.
In January I was offered a job at a start-up company, which then led me to start working as a freelancer for a digital agency ran by the same people.
And it has been great, because every day I’m being creative and I keep on learning new things and growing fast.
I’m writing, filming videos, taking photos, I even do some light graphic design and a lot more. I do all that I love.
The people working there are great and I’ve been enjoying hanging out with them. Thanks to them I feel like I’m a part of something.
Most importantly, though, I no longer feel stuck. I’m no longer miserable.
I may not be exactly sure how am I going to connect acting and working in digital media, but I have a feeling I’m heading in the right direction, wherever it takes me…