Iskra Angelova is a young Bulgarian actress, a graduate of the National Film and Theatre Academy. Like many others, she left Bulgaria to seek opportunities elsewhere. Supported by a Fulbright scholarship, she went to the United States to study broadcast journalism in Boston. Afterwards, she worked for CBS.
Like many others, however, she has returned to live in Sofia. Iskra now hosts a television show where famous Bulgarians are asked to talk about their lives.
"My friends say that the guests are very intelligent, interesting, bright. Of course there are a lot of people who dislike it and think that it is too pretentious, snobbish or too intellectual."
Looking back at what has changed since the fall of communism in 1989, she takes an optimistic stance.
"Now, 18 years later, most Bulgarians feel disappointed. I am not one of them. I believe our destiny is in our own hands, and when we have the opportunity to do what we are able to, the most talented, the smartest, the most educated, the most innovative people will succeed. I hope."