Talking to Ana, in autumn

1379914_10151655095551404_1518572092_nAna Ularu played her first parts when she was 9, in two Romanian-French films. At 15, she began theatre rehearsals for Lolita and at 25, she played the lead role in Outbound, which got her best actress awards in Berlin, Locarno, Vienna, Thessaloniki, as well as the Romanian Gopo award. By now, at 28, she has appeared in twenty films, seven plays, five music videos and two TV series.

Why Ana? Her acting talent aside (Outbound is a must-see), we were intrigued by her fondness for anarchists, her rebel attitude and buoyant spirit that gives dimension to any surface she appears on. Ana seemed to be exactly the Kick-Ass Lass we’d been looking for our first issue. Did we get it wrong?

This is the beginning of an afternoon with Ana…
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Elena is playing

EM 1Play, that’s Elena Marineci’s word. Exploring the possible – her favoured definition – has become a guiding principle in her hobbies, relationships and job. Elena is playing and she’s making money out of it. At age 24, she co-founded a training company with the mission of bringing play into the life of adults whose colours have been washed away by routine.

She discovered the value of “exploring the possible” through experience. Initially more of a serious type, through play, Elena has managed to expand her comfort zone, strengthen her self-confidence and enjoy her – she believes – elusive femininity. This is how Elena plays. Continue reading “Elena is playing”

“That’s it, I know what I want to become!”

Ciufu 4We inaugurate our Trailblazer column with a determined gal who chose a job that would satisfy her craving for adventure and adrenalin but also her need to be at the helm of her own journey.

In a world where conformity, fast gains and financial stability govern most life decisions, Cristina seems almost defiant by doing only what she really wants to, saying “no” to compromises and accepting the hard work that comes with living one’s dreams. What drives her isn’t recklessness, although her age still affords it. Continue reading ““That’s it, I know what I want to become!””