Meet the Team – Rumena Zlatkova (Online presence)

The project is quite ambitious, but the way we are dealing with tasks, the way the team is shaping and the way creativity flourishes are all very motivating.

1. Where were you born and where have you lived?
I was born and grew up in the beautiful town of Haskovo, Bulgaria. I then lived in Sofia for 2 years, then 2 years in the UK and now I am back in Sofia.

2. Where have you studied?
I graduated with a BA in Media Production from Coventry University, UK. Before that I did 2 semesters of Scandinavian Studies BA in Sofia University. My high school diploma is from the foreign language high school in Haskovo, where I learned German and English.

3. Where have you worked and where do you work now?
In Bulgaria I have worked in the Marketing and Advertising departments of 2be (retail and e-commerce), Multirama (where I was responsible for the whole website look and feel), and as a Web news editor in TV7. In the UK I worked in the university’s production company. I am currently working as a Web content editor for the e-commerce website

4. What is your involvement in the project?
I am part of the “core team” – planning, strategy, administration. My main responsibility is the project’s online presence – everything from the hosting and technical side to writing, translating, editing articles, blog updates and Facebook conversations.

5. What inspired you to join and what motivates you to be part of the project?
I have been part of the project long before it had a shape – from the first ideas and early sketches that Mitko came up with. We’ve been close friends for a few years now and what inspires me the most is seeing him develop his skills and ideas, every year growing as an artist and as a professional. His work ethic and professional attitude, his curiosity, dedication and ability to motivate and inspire others, has got me too :-) .
The project is quite ambitious, but the way we are dealing with tasks, the way the team is shaping and the way creativity flourishes are all very motivating. Here we can really dream big, discuss all sorts of ideas and then go make them happen, creating something new and amazing.

6. What is your favourite colour?
It’s actually more than one – purple, magenta and teal.

7. Have you seen a Kuker before? What was it like?
I saw one this year… It was a weird and mystical feeling. When you hear the chans in combination with the scary masks, your mind is taken to a more primal state, you start to feel the world around you in a different way. It’s like the chans are casting a magic spell that takes over.

8. Which is your favourite place in the world?
The Bulgarian mountains, especially The Rhodopes.

9. What inspires you?
I am inspired by people who are not scared to listen to their hearts, who seek meaning and truth, and who see problems not as obstacles, but as challenges and opportunities to learn and grow. People who, when they want to see a change, start by changing themselves and lead by example. People who are wise and mature enough to act beyond their egos and fears, who see the bigger picture and want to make it better. People who don’t simply sit and wish for things to happen to them, but who get up and make them happen.

10. What three magical powers do you possess?
The ability to understand one’s motivations and fears and help see them as an ally and not an enemy. The ability to see something positive in every situation and learn from it. And… one very special recipe for a magical fruit salad.

11. What magical powers would you like to possess? What would you do with them?
I’d like to be able to control the weather and add a soundtrack to various situations. Wouldn’t it be great if your friends all came with their theme songs, and every time you felt like walking in the park you would always be able to choose sunny weather? :-)

12. Would you like to live in a magical world and which one?
I’d like to live in a magical world where the day is 24 hours and then you have 24 more hours in the night – and you still only need to sleep 8 hours and work 8 hours. I think it would be pretty awesome if we had more time to simply enjoy life.

13. If you find the Golden Apple, what would you do with it?
I’d make a copy of it for every person on Earth. Then people would finally have an excuse to believe in their own powers to chase their dreams, to be better and do better.

14. If you could choose to be a character from the Golden Apple world, which one would you be?
I’d probably be a Balkandji woman living in Kuber mountain, creating colourful rugs from sheep’s wool.

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