In the series of Slice of Life interviews, we are trying to get a look behind the business side of our business partners and well-known industry names. We explore what makes them tick and what occupies their day and thoughts when they are not at work. Keep on reading for a glimpse of Jan Oršič in his spare time.
Q: What gets you going in the morning?
The perfect start of the day is a good coffee. It’s the platform on which the plan for the day is made.
Q: What is a personal project you are currently working on or wish you were?
My family is my priority. Next to that, there are two projects which are taking up my free time. The first one is my PhD thesis waiting to be completed, which is despite my best attempts, constantly being side-lined. The second is the recording of a new album with our band called Viperstone, which is being delayed a bit as the recording studio is shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Q: How do you spend a normal weekend?
I would say that the ideal weekend has a perfect mixture of time with family and friends, preferably outdoors, enough sleep at night and breakfast with sunshine and that coffee I spoke of before.
Q: What are your hobbies/what do you do for fun?
I would say that discovering the world in as many ways as possible is what I look for in all my hobbies. Traveling would be one aspect of this, I am also a fan of sailing, diving (both scuba as well as apnea) and music. Music is a big part of my life and if I am not playing it, I love listening to music and going to concerts.
Q: What do you count as your biggest non-work related achievement?
Definitely, the time spent with my family and friends – be it seeing my kids grow up, having a picnic every year for over 20 years with the same group of friends, making my own music, perfecting it for years and playing it on a stage, meeting friends that live in different countries and picking up the conversation as if we would have been living across the street. I think it is the relationships with people in my life that I am most proud of.
Q: How are you known among your friends?
Loud, talkative, outgoing and (I hope) also caring and reliable.
Q: What is your absolutely favorite place in Slovenia that you love to visit and why?
Ljubljana is not just the city I was born in but it is where I choose to live and it is my favourite place as it is close to all my favourite places in Slovenia. To mention a few Žiče Charterhouse, the Vršič mountain view of the bay of Trieste, olive groves above Piran and the drive through the forests of Kočevsko.
Q: What kind of conference would you like to attend if you could choose?
The first conference after the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, just to see how it will be set up and organised.
Q: What is your best source of information?
I would say that it is my colleagues Tatjana Radovič and Neža Lipanje, as there are so many outlets and the quantity can be overwhelming. Exchanging the information amongst ourselves, often over that morning coffee I was mentioning in the beginning is the best way to be up to speed.
Q: What is the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?
I just recently saw and would recommend Michael Moore’s movie The Planet of Humans. It got me thinking and worrying at the same time.