Teodora Djuric has a proclivity for performing arts and feels that an artist has the creative calibre to use their bodies, special skill or voice to convey a message.
Multilingual model, actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Teodora Djuric has worked in fashion films, TV commercials, campaigns, runways and feature films. However the German-Serbian personality felt that it was acting that gave her true fulfillment as she starred in Paydirt, Man Cave, Ebenda. She has a proclivity for performing arts and feels that an artist has the creative calibre to use their bodies, special skill or voice to convey a message. Besides her love for arts and acting, she has dabbled with her interest in sports and entrepreneurship. She is the co-owner of Smart Network Development, a company creating the next sticker generation on smartphones by gamifying digital communication in 3D. With such great exposure in life in various fields, she remains resolute that sheÂ likes to face new challenges and reinvent herself every day. It’s her unstoppable spirit to do something new that makes her bucket list so long. Here she tells us about her journey in a camaraderie interview.
Q- You are of German- Serbian origin but have fluency in almost 6 languages. How did you become multilingual?
I am of Serbian origin but I grew up in Germany, Serbian heart and German education. I would love to say it was purely my accomplishment but I do have to give my parents a lot of credit. Growing up, I was exposed to different countries, cultures and languages around the world, due to their love for travel. They speak 4 languages and as a child I was so impressed by their ability to communicate with different compatriots. Observing them left a mark on me and galvanized me into expanding my knowledge through learning. Music and friends with different cultural backgrounds also had their impact. It was the merger of all of the influences mentioned above.
Q- You have a degree in fashion and even worked for Maison Giambattista Valli. What prompted your shift to modelling and films?
The shift came along with wanting to try something new. To be honest, I never intended to model. I never even put much thought into it but I was asked several times until I decided to try it and found joy and success along the way. Film has always been a priority but seemed so far away and unrealistic growing up with a family of academics. I have always had a passion for performing and entertaining and just had to find out if I had a shot at it. I didn’t want to wake up one day and ask myself what if Fashion Design is still a big passion of mine and may become once more part of my life in the near future.
Fashion Design is still a big passion of mine and may become once more part of my life in the near future.
I would have loved to work with Alexander McQueen, Gianni Versace, Alaia, Albert Elbaz and again, many more.
Films can tell so many different stories and you can escape from reality for a moment. However, they all have one thing in common.
Q- You have featured in Paydirt, Man Cave, Ebenda. When did you decide that acting was your inner calling? How did you bag the roles?
The decision was made pretty early on, already as a kid I have been fascinated with motion pictures and was dazzled by certain performances. I wanted to be able to do the same. I had to try it, and my first audition has become my first movie as the lead role, which is not the norm. It has been mostly auditioning where you have to go as an actor and convince the whole team that you were the right person for that part. The most flattering was, when I was cast for a role because my prior work has spoken for itself. But there is always space for improvement.
Q- You are into sports like skiing, karate, swimming and artforms like ballet, painting, designing. While sports keep one physically fit, art helps in channeling creativity. What is performance art to you in terms of self-expression?
With performance art, an artist can use their bodies, special skill or voice to convey a message. Artists can express their feelings and emotions more precisely but also more confusing on a higher level. It is not always understood but it surely can be beautiful most of the time. Art and music are 2 performance arts that I would utilize. You have been part of many fitness campaigns. Kindly share some fitness tips to stay physically and mentally fit. In order to stay mentally fit, one should stay physically fit in the first place. It is scientifically proven that endorphins are released when your heart rate is up. So as to achieve to become physically fit, you first have to find out what brings you joy and what works for you individually. The motivation is much higher if you have actual fun getting some exercise done. In my case it is mainly martial arts such as Krav Maga and running. The mental fitness or mental balance occurs to me when I listen to my body and soul. I reflect and ask myself, what is it that I need to do in order to be happy? It doesn’t always have to be the same routine. Learning a new skill is also something that works for me. Mostly it is a miz of meditation and affirmation, reading a book, having a spa day but primarily beeing in nature with my phone switched off. Do what makes you happy and what gives you peace of mind.
Mostly it is a miz of meditation and affirmation, reading a book, having a spa day but primarily beeing in nature with my phone switched off.
I don’t think business and philanthropy can go hand in hand, they must and they should.