Igor Hajdarhodžić is an artist, actor, performer, sculptor, caulker, merchant, designer, pedagogue, word juggler and painter. Although he is best known as an actor to the general public, he reveals that acting does not come naturally to him. Instead, it is a result of his studies that he has put more effort into other forms of art such as painting and music.
In his workshop in Dubrovnik, Igor lists his many hobbies ranging from drawing and painting to music and even making huge iron structures. He explains that he dedicates his time to all of his interests and allows his day to flow freely as he moves between different artistic forms of expression.
Despite spending 26 years in the theater, Igor has moved away from acting feeling that the current theater scene does not offer satisfactory answers to serious questions. He recounts his beginnings as an actor and reminisces about his time in theater. However, he believes that his interests and skills in various fields such as art and shipbuilding have allowed him to pursue hobbies such as painting and working with his hands which he finds fulfilling.
His work in art also serves as a way for him to express concerns about society and the exodus of people from Dubrovnik. He is optimistic about the future and has even started a shipbuilding school for young generations to pass on his knowledge and skills. His work in restoring old ships and consulting on boat design are also important aspects of his life that inspire him greatly.
Igor says children often inspire him just as much as they learn from him. He sees potential in caulking believing it will ensure the craft’s future through children’s interests in working with their hands. Despite some dissatisfaction with state intervention in shipbuilding and lack of cultural appreciation for national heritage, Igor remains dedicated to restoring old ships and consulting on boat design. He attributes his success to undying love for work and ability to let life guide plans rather than relying on institutions for support.