Open Mic Grand Jury Spotlight: Slobodan Govorcin

New York Festivals Grand Jury are some of the best and brightest in the radio industry and the brilliant creative minds who judge the 2019 NYF Radio Awards. These award-winning directors, producers, journalists, writers, actors, creative directors, composers, on-air talent, and programming executives are all actively involved in creating today’s innovative radio content.

Open Mic Spotlight spends a few minutes each week with NYF’s respected Grand Jury members and each NYF Spotlight interview shares the insights of these esteemed content creators from the wonderful world of radio.

Slobodan Govorcin

This week we shine the spotlight on New York Festivals Radio Awards Grand Jury member, Slobodan Govorcin of RTV Vojvodina, Serbia. He has been a jury member of NYF’s Radio Awards for several years and brings extensive experience to the jury panel. Slobodan holds a B.A. in dramaturgy.

Slobodan is Editor in the Drama and Fiction Department with the Public media institution RTV Vojvodina in Serbia. As the author of radio dramas he won awards at the Prix ex Aequo in Slovakia and at the New York Festivals Radio Awards. He was preselected at Prix Europa in Berlin, Prix Nova in Bucharest, HearNow in Kansas and UK radio drama festival in Herne Bay.

New York Festivals: What advice do you have for young people just beginning a career in the industry?

Slobodan Govorcin: Dear all you, hard working people, in and around the industry, there is only one easy advice that I can share with to you.

If you start something good, finish it!¬†Only then you can dream of another things. (But if it’s bad, don’t even try it- you all ready know the difference)

There may be some troubles on your way, but those troubles are your best friends, because only when you have to solve a problem of any kind, you are becoming better, faster, smarter and happier. If you think that by avoiding confrontation with puzzles that are there in front of you, because you projected them from the start, you will be free of all troubles, you are wrong! Your path is just yours, and when you step away from it you will only walk in circles, until you climb back up on your track. How ever obstacles may seem hard and unsolvable, just remember how hard it was learning any of all things you have learned until now, and that those skills are you. Knowing that we can learn and become more and more skillful in things that we do, makes me content and gives me courage for each new day. Hardest thing of all is knowing your self. When you realize what you like and what you want, you’ve done the hardest part!

Once I was a happy gardener, until tree wasp’s woke me up and I asked my self: what do you want to be? After that, signs were all around pointing me to this place where I am now. To me it all feels like a dream. Looking back, I only remember making that wish. I have some new ones, for days ahead! To become gardener again!

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