“My wife always inspired me to follow my dreams”

Melbourne

6 Sep 2021

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“My wife always inspired me to follow my dreams”

6 Sep 2021

After 20 years in sales roles, film buff Goran Margeta felt unfulfilled in his career. Following the passing of his wife, who encouraged him to chase his ambition to be a screenwriter, Goran is now living his dream as a Bachelor of Film student at SAE Melbourne. We caught up with Goran to chat about his love of cinema, and what he’s learnt along his life journey.

Hi Goran, what inspired you to study film? 

Since the day I could walk and talk, film has always been a passion of mine. Even though I grew up in a sports orientated family, films always fascinated me. For me it's an escape. Studying film at SAE and dissecting feature films and the meaning behind them is my escape from a really tough world we're living in. It might sound cheesy, but films inspire me to go further in everything I do in life.

Have you taken the chance to watch any films during the lockdowns in Melbourne?

Have I ever! I have every streaming service under the sun. I’ve been watching a lot of the MGM classic films with Doris Day and Judy Garland, which remind me of my childhood. They take me back to a world that was a lot kinder in many ways. 

Before studying, what were you up to?

For the past 20 years I’ve been in sales roles in the banking and energy industries. They were all good places to work, where I was getting an attractive salary - but something was missing.  

I was married for almost 24 years, and sadly my wife passed away five years ago. My wife always inspired me to follow my dreams, as she said I was a great writer. She said if I wanted to get into film and be a screenwriter, I shouldn’t waste any more time, and should just go for it. 

For the last 10 years I’ve been struggling with mental health, and it’s been a hard journey in recent years. I’m 47 this year, but age is just a number, so why shouldn’t I chase my dreams!

Some people said I was crazy to change careers, having had a comfortable salary. At this stage of my life it’s not enough, I want to be fulfilled every day in everything I do. 

What do you enjoy about SAE?

Where do I start! There are so many positives. For starters, when I walk through the door the reception staff at the Melbourne campus are amazing people. It may sound simple, but they greet me with a smile, and they’re so knowledgeable with where everything is on the campus. 

Georgie, who I’ve been talking to about my mental health, has been incredibly supportive. Coming into SAE, I wasn’t expecting to get the extent of support I’ve had for my mental health. 

That’s great to hear. What have you learnt from your lecturers?

I'm so satisfied with the knowledge and experience that all my film lecturers have shared. I now have a lot of confidence in everything that they've taught, and I’ve built up a strong rapport with each of them. 

What projects are you working on at the moment?

I’ve had the opportunity to analyse the film, The Man from Snowy River, and have spent some time looking at the ending in great detail in Adobe Premiere Pro. I’ve really enjoyed dissecting that film, breaking it down and exploring the different viewpoints. Outside of SAE, I host a food channel on YouTube called Dalmalika Delights, a management group for aspiring artists, and two Carlton Football Club podcasts. That keeps me pretty busy. 

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learnt from studying? 

Before I started at SAE, I saw myself as a screenwriter. I’ve learnt during my journey to not pigeonhole myself too much, because I’ve been interested in directing and producing -  I want to absorb as much of the film process as I can.  

What do your kids think of you pursuing your dreams?

I have four kids and they’re very supportive. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today. 

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