We had the good fortune of connecting with Dora Endre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dora, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
It must be my family and my closest circle of friends. I think a strong support system and having people you truly trust are the most important. Taking time to celebrate success, recharge, relax with my loved ones is what keeps me moving. Being there for each other, happy for each other but also honestly sharing our opinion, not letting the other do something incredibly stupid are all essential for me. I have learnt that there is always a way to work things out as long as we stick together. That gives me a profound sense of safety and courage. I am very lucky.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a stage and film director. This is definitely a challenging occupation primarily because of its insecure nature, never ending working hours, collaborative attribute and complexion. It requires you to be good at multitasking, channeling your focus right, handling stress and wearing different hats. I studied and worked in three different countries over the past five years and it has always been tough, for different reasons. Sometimes it was funding issues, creative conflicts, logistics, finding the right collaborators at the right time, etc. And in addition to project related problems that may arise, not allowing personal struggles influence the quality of your work is always hard. I am getting better at relying on other people, communicating better, drawing all the lines there are necessary, leading with decidedness and an open mind. I enjoy collaborating with professionals, having a clear plan but plenty of room for spontaneity. I love to improve! I know it drives some people bananas…
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh, I am so basic! Some food, a drink and a nice view, that is all what I need. I do not like fancy restaurants, bars or uncomfortably elegant events. If we happen to be in Budapest, I would suggest going to the 0,75 Bistro & Bar, which is a fabulous little gem right next to St. Stephen’s Basilica. Having chicken with paprika sauce, noodles with egg, sour cream and cucumber salad and cottage cheese fritters. And after dinner climbing up to the castle in Buda and having a glass of wine while enjoying the panorama. In New York, we would stop by an auction house on the East Side, have a glass of champagne, fool around then walk around the island, maybe get Mexican in Harlem or some dessert in Chelsea. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Besides my family and friends I would like to dedicate my shoutout to all the people who push forward no matter what, who do their job with dedication on a daily basis and find new strength in challenging situations. That includes doctors, cashiers, journalists, contruction workers, politicians, teachers, artists, etc. I look up to all fierceless champions in any field, and they deserve attention.
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