The Heroine’s Journey of Cecilia Sandroni

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

The ongoing constructive interaction with people, cultures, forms of thought and ways of dealing with reality from all over the world. The discovery of humanity never fails to amaze me and always satisfies my curiosity and unstoppable desire for knowledge.

What is my idea of happiness?

Feeling self-fulfilled in every side of me and doing what I love. For me happiness relies in every little thing that gives me the push and strength to get up every morning and live my life and every opportunity presented to me to the full.

What is my greatest fear?

Probably wasting my time. Life is one and extremely precious, and everyone has the chance to do extraordinarythings with it. I always utterly commit myself and I would love my work to make its mark and being worth-remembering. 

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

Most likely the unconditional obstinacy, that always drives me to act my way. I can be tenaciously proud of what I do and I seldom give in to critique. 

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire?

I consider it a quite easy question. I proudly look up to all my co-workers. All I do would not be possible without their daily support and commitment: I consider solid connection, solidarity and commitment to sharing among co-workerskey-values. 

What is my greatest extravagance?

I would say my fond interest in everything that is exotic. I love adding a touch of exoticness to whatever that surrounds me, from food to my personal style and approach to things.

On what occasion would I lie?

Of course lying is never the right option to achieve results. I take the view that sometimes very little white and well-intended lies might be accepted, however, overall I tend to place great importance on honesty.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

I genuinely love my work, but oftentimes the pressure I am put under might be extremely overwhelming. The responsibilities I take care of and the working load I daily deal with are massive, therefore it is not always easy to set boundaries or define my schedule. 

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

Without any doubt, working as International PR on the restoration project of Nativity Church in Bethlehem for Piacenti S.p.A Israel and carrying out the first ever press release about the concerning project.

If I could, what would I change about myself?

I personally consider dealing with both my positive and negative traits a personal challenge: I don’t think I would ever change anything about myself as, even without my worst flaw, I wouldn’t be the woman I truly am.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

My work pays me back with a lot of recognition, as well as goals to pursue and international roles to play. One worth-mentioning is definitely having personally met the Pope, after my work as International PR of the film and book  book Restoring the Sky, personally presented to his Holiness.

Where would I most like to live?

Referring to my personality, it is not that straightforward to easily answer the question. I have always been a keen traveller: being stationary is definitely not my thing, I love exploring countries throughout the world and it is hard for me to picture me in a single place. But of course, if I had to decide, I wouldn’t deny my love for the city of New York.

What is my most treasured possession?

My biggest treasure is my boat, an old mohogany goiter of the 50s. 

What is my most marked characteristic?

My great ability to rapidly and easily work out issues, my imagination and innate ability to create links between things.I am always willing to do more and live fully my life, which I consider a beautiful miracle after I had been informed at the age of seventeen that I only would have had a few months to live. I am a problem solving in life. I find always solutions. 

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

I consider the sea my homeland and my inspirational location, holding a special place in my life. At the same time I feel like I do not belong to a particular city and the truth is that, having the chance to see the world form different perspective and cultures, I always find a way to let myself be inspired by all the places I visit. 

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

I believe there is no place like home: I have always been my mum’s cuisine biggest fan, so, whenever I have the chance, eating surrounded by my beloved ones, who always accept you for what you truly are, is by far and away the thing I enjoy the most.

What books influenced my life and how?

Having always been passionate about what is exotic, particularly the Eastern world, one book that I surely enjoyed reading and strongly recommend is Il Segreto è Dentro di Te, by Lemmina Lemke, which explore the wise Oriental thought and approach to life. It offers a great chance to discover ourselves and the most precious treasure we posses, that is our inner-self, which allows us to conduct a wholeheartedly and satisfactory life. 

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Classic jazz and blues music have always been my favourite kind, in particular Jan Garbarek’s pieces without any doubt find a way to get me every time.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

I like thinking of my life as a comics that tells itself. About what heroes I look up to, I must mention Milano 25 superheroes, fictional animal characters drawn to impersonate the real life of brave children that every day fiercely fight against a serious illness such as cancer, escorted to the hospital in the colourful taxis Margherita, Berenice and Luca’s cab by Zia Caterina. Everyone who believes in love and fights against their own pain and fears can be a superhero. 

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

There are plenty of people who never stop inspiring me and my work. One of them can surely be Oriana Fallaci, journalist and activist, whose strength and willpower might be a source of admiration and inspiration for everyone. I adore Pasolini, his vision. He was/is a kind of Cassandra in this world. 

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime?

The inspirational movie Erin Brockovich, based on the real life of a determined, passionate and strong woman that, without any financial help, trustworthiness or titles, drastically changes her life as well as tons of people’s, victims of a fraudulent environmental disaster. A nowadays topic. 

What role play stories in my life and work?

Everything that surrounds me can be brainstorming and inspirational: we can always learn useful life lessons from the others.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me?

I believe in miracles and the divine Providence. I strongly believe and follow any sign I find in my path as God’s will.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

God. He is my greatest sponsor and main point of reference. Everything comes from God, therefore I just wait for Him to amaze me with what He has planned for me. 

What project, in 2022, am I looking forward to work on?

I have always have the privilege to be Found. 

Right now the standing projects we as institution cover a substantial number. Undoubtedly two of them are right now worth-mentioning and play a key role in our work. First of all, the expansion and growth of the hybrid and genial concept behind The Student Hotel, which is spreading across both Italian and European cities with the opening of new branches. Then, focusing on the comic as an innovative artistic form, through the promotion of the art exhibitions at PAFF! (Palazzo ArtiFumetto Friuli).. 

Where can you see me or my work in 2022?

Of course throughout 2022 we will carry on our already existing collaborations. Besides THS and the exhibitions at PAFF!, the fronts on which we are working are various. We constantly keep updated on what concerns environmental issues and ethics of the eco-sustainable development following the latest global events, the promotion of visual arts and cultural events and human rights.  I also worked with a private group of many present and former partners, some of them involved with Osce, UN, Nato. Our work is a steady work in progress. Most of my work is under track. 

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Real and pure passions never dies and need to be nurtured: they will always find a way to enrich your existence and define your personality, no matter what happens in your life. Becoming passionate about something we do is a powerful resource that helps us understand ourselves and our strengths. 

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