OCA Magazine: Tell us, please, about yourself and your creative activity
Tatiana Kaunis: Historically I always was creative in some way. When I was a child I used to compose fairy tales for myself and play it. At school I wrote poems and short stories, several times I won in different competitions and so on (I guess most creative people can tell something like that so let’s be less boring). When I was twenty I got an opportunity to learn script writing at Sverdlovsk Film Studios and still I think it was one of the best decisions in my life. I’ve been a singer in a girls band and it was a great experience. But maybe among all of my creative hobbies painting is the most stable one since very early childhood. Though I’ve never tried to become professional in any kind of these activities.

OCA: How did you choose your path and who is your role model in the creative space of your art?
TK: Still I don’t. Maybe that’s why I so admire being a part of the ECG (London) and see the creative industries from the inside. Hope one day I’ll choose something. In the point of the role model I can say that everything started with my father – he’s an artist, and I loved to watch how he drew.

OCA: Which achievements of yours would you like to emphasize?
TK: For now I can emphasize only my job in the ECG (London). It’s a huge honour to know that I’m the one from dozens of guys who tried to work it out but left because of many different reasons. And It’s even more inspiring to know that all the team members are survivors too!

OCA: When and where have you heard about ECG for the first time?
TK: I came as an intern in 2020 having been searching for a job in a creative industry. It was a lucky accident for me and I’m glad I wasn’t afraid to use it. It was hard to pass through the internship because it was a totally different world for someone who used to work in one country and play only one game. The ECG (London) becomes the lifetime opportunity to see different cultures and meet new people with a very unique vision. Besides, it’s always a very high speed of life which keeps you in shape permanently. But I like it.

OCA: Tell us, please, about the events of the Eurasian Creative Guild (London) and projects that you have already taken part in and how does ECG influence your creativity and success in your work?
TK: Well, usually I can share my impressions of all ECG events and projects at last for a whole day, but it takes too many words to write it down here. You better come to the ECG official meeting to listen to it. How does ECG influence my creativity and success in my work? It changed my life from top to bottom, opened new horizons to me and now I plan to go to university for the third time.

OCA: Are there any new projects of ECG, in which you plan to participate?
TK: Sure! For me personally the most significant one is the first ECG (London) Creative Residence called “Horizons” (Borovoe, Kazakhstan). Very symbolic name, isn’t it? I always dreamed about the house in the mountains near the woods and lake, where I could draw and write and do other things. To be honest, in my childhood I couldn’t think about the residence and this dream came true in a very unexpected way. But now it’s even better.

OCA: What is Eurasian Creative Guild for you?
TK: Now it’s my life so I will try to live it in the best way possible.

OCA: What would you wish for the members of the Guild and other creative people, just starting their career?
TK: As an executive director I can recommend to use the ECG opportunities as much as possible (a rolling stone gathers no moss). As an individual I can’t give any advice, I’m still learning to live my life in this high creative way. All I can wish for all of us is to be brave, don’t be ashamed of your creativity and… good luck!