She acted in her first professional play, Zivot Jovanov
, during her studies, in 1992, at Zvezdara Teatar. She played the character of Tanja side by side with Dragan Bjelogrlic, Predrag Lakovic, Danilo Lazovic, Dragan Jovanovic... The play was directed by Darko Bajic.
Karolina Mihailovic (maiden name Cimesa) belongs to one of the most famous generations taught by Professor Vladimir Jevtovic at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. Her class also included Natasa Ninkovic, Nela Mihajlovic, Sergej Trifunovic, Vojin Cetkovic, Nebojsa Glogovac, Boris Pingovic, Danijela Kuzmanovic and Danijela Ugrenovic.
Even though her first attempt to enroll at the faculty was successful and even though she received the scholarship offer by the National Theater following her graduation, she did not remain an actress. In 1996, she exchanged the life on the stage for working in an office by founding Marina Company
, a stationery distribution enterprise, with her husband.Work, stability and order
She was born in Resnik, but she moved to Germany, where her parents worked, when she was in the second grade. This would turn out to be one of the key moments in her life.
– I had a happy childhood, but a much different one from what it’s like today. My parents, like many people at the time, went to work in Germany for a short period of time, but stayed there permanently after all. I followed after them – Karolina Mihailovic begins her interview for eKapija.
In Germany, she graduated from a ballet school and a law school at the same time, but still decided to return to Serbia and enroll at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade.
– At the time, studies were free for all students who passed the entrance exam. My parents agreed that I should return and enroll at the faculty as a logical extension of my secondary education, whereas they remained in Germany. When I returned, I was shocked. It took three months to have a grade written down in the student I.D. card and we had to chase our professors down the halls, which I found offensive. I was used to the way students were valued and treated as equals in Germany, which I believe is not the case in the Serbian school system even now. If you’ve passed the exam and shown that you possess the knowledge, it stands to reason that professors should treat you with respect, as is the case in Germany, but not here – says Karolina, who sticks to the values and standards of doing business acquired abroad.
Due to this and, as she says, “the anarchy”, she literally escaped from the Faculty of Economics.
“I was bothered that the professor would read our diaries...”
Having become disappointed with the Faculty of Economics, she decided to enroll in acting studies.
– One day in June, I went to get information about the acting studies at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. It turned out that it was the final date for the submission of documents. I somehow managed to persuade the dean to wait for me to get my documents back from the Faculty of Economics and I applied for the exam test the next day. I had only seven days to prepare – Karolina remembers.