Hello Milan. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share my thoughts with the readers of Fight-Madness.
How does the Covid 19 situation affect you and how do you deal with it?
Well, I live in Hungary, and currently we only have partial restrictions on movement here. However, with no events taking place anywhere in the region, as an MC, ring announcer and actor, I have almost no work now, nor will I have much in the foreseeable future. I’m not panicking though, because I have savings in the bank to tide me over for as long as I need. Of course, I occasionally have smaller jobs, like voice-overs, but nowadays they are few and far between. I was lucky, because in the first two weeks I had to write five song lyrics, so that kept my mind busy for a time.
How am I dealing with it? Fifteen years ago I had quite a serious illness (from which I fully recovered). That’s when I developed my motto: Everything happens for a reason. Since then, at times of crisis, or in inexplicable situations such as the one we’re going through now, I always stop, think of my motto, and ask myself, “Okay, why is this happening? What’s the REASON?!” This approach, these questions, always bring great answers. (World famous international trainer Tony Robbins says: the better questions you ask yourself, the better answers you’ll come up with!) The answer I came up with this time is that I have an unprecedentedly HUGE MASS OF TIME on my hands. Time…! So why do I have all this time?! It could be time to learn something new (I always wanted to learn to play the saxophone, but I thought I won’t torture my neighbours with that in this time of lockdown… 😀 ), or time to better plan and prepare for the future. So that’s what I’m doing.
What’s your view on the virus, how should we continue?
Although I consider myself well informed, since I read just about every noteworthy article I can find relating to the virus and its effect on various societies around the world, I would not say that it’s my role to give advice on how we should continue. I’m no expert. However, I will say that we are all in the very early stages of a huge learning curve about this virus. The whole world only has a few months of experience with it. As the amount of available data becomes larger and larger, and encompass an increasingly wider range of aspects relating to the virus and its effect on people and populations, medical science, and governments too, will gradually become wiser and wiser, week by week. I trust that all our governments will provide their nations with the best possible advice on how to proceed in the interest of protecting the health and well being of our societies. As new information continually becomes available, I’m certain this advice will change over time, but I feel that we can all do the most good for all concerned if we follow the directions of our respective authorities in our own regions.
What is your day in self-isolation like?
In a word: lonely. But I guess that’s nothing new to anyone. In the beginning, I made the mistake of treating every day like a Sunday: don’t have to get up on time, don’t have to rush, don’t have to go to work, don’t have to dress up, plenty of time to just relax and do nothing. But I soon realised that that leads to a very unproductive and complacent lifestyle, which in the long term can become very dangerous. So I decided that I have to institute a strict routine: getting up on time, bathing, shaving, cleansing as normal, setting a varied daily schedule of tasks and things to do, and, most important of all, an exercise plan. Here in Hungary, I’m lucky, because I can still go out jogging and for bike rides. I have two adjustable dumbbells at home with plenty of weights, so I can do a reasonable exercise routine with them.
My family is in Australia so I keep in regular contact with them; more than usual. My mother lives alone in a retirement village so I call her every few days. My sister, brother-in-law and their kids are doing a great job of looking after her, so I know I have nothing to worry about. I do all I can from here by providing Mum with regular emotional support over the phone.
As far as my own routine and schedule goes: everything happens for a reason, right?! At the moment, I’m doing a huge spring cleaning at home (boring, I know, but hey, it’s Spring, and it’s a great time to do this kind of thing), and I’m getting rid of a lot of stuff that I never use that’s just taking up space. Ridding yourself of stuff like that helps unburden and free up your mind for better things and new ideas. I plan to put together an even larger list of fight promotions that I want to contact later on, and get a good international acting agent. I recently joined a non-product based network marketing venture and I’m going to spend my time learning all about that and about network marketing in general, both online and offline, so that I can incorporate that into my activities. In the future, I want to have a form of passive income that “even makes money while I sleep”, especially if situations like this lockdown ever occur again.
As far as ring announcing goes, it’s a huge blow to my plans for 2020. The second half of 2019 went really well and I established great relationships with several European promotions. This year, I was very much looking forward to working with GMC Germany, XFN Czech Republic, Innferno FC Austria, and Cage Fighting Slovakia. And who knows who else?! But now I’m just sitting at home, waiting for them to get back up and running.
You know, I’ve been a ring announcer for seven years now, and it’s only recently that I’ve felt that I have truly ‘found my feet’, and I’m now certain that I can walk into just about any promotion just about anywhere and stand my ground with total confidence. That might sound strange, but it’s kind of a like a fighter: in the beginning, you notice that someone shows fighting talent, but they lack the technique and experience necessary to fully control the many varied situations they encounter in the ring or the cage. That experience and control come over time: the fighter develops and grows from fight to fight, and eventually turns into what you’d call a ‘seasoned competitor’.
That’s kind of what I went through at FFC. I felt I had the talent to be a ring announcer (well, at least I hoped so…), but it took a long time for me to develop my technique and find my own style that I finally felt truly comfortable and confident with. FFC was a great training ground for that, and I will be forever grateful to Orsat Zovko for providing me the opportunity, and to the whole FFC crew who supported me and gave me feedback, advice and tips along the way (especially Marko Petrak, Ante Jurić, Rich Cadden, Sandy Holt, Ronnie Thompson, Grant Waterman, Mladen Kranjčec, Zlatko Klarić and Vedran Bađun.) And now, that things seemed like they had finally come together for me and I was raring to go work in several countries in 2020, along comes this virus! But as I said before: Everything happens for a reason… 🙂
Still, it seems that some don’t take the situation seriously enough?
Yes. That’s the case here in Hungary too. Unfortunately. Don’t get me wrong. The majority of people are staying home, social distancing, and doing all the right things. But with only limited restrictions on movement, and warm weather nowadays, lots of people are out in recreational groups, and less than 1 in 3 people are wearing masks when shopping. I’m not sure what it takes for some people to realise. Do they have to see corpses in their own streets?! Even though the numbers in Hungary are relatively low, I have two associates from the film and television industries that have caught the virus. Neither had serious symptoms that required hospitalisation; they were both able to stay at home. But one of them, a guy with an average build, lost 11 kilograms in the process. They both said, “You do NOT want to catch this virus! It’s not flu. It’s horrible!”
Any message to our readers?
Leave your ego at home. Wanna look smart? Wear a mask! (When out in public.)
I know this situation is confusing for a lot of people. Believe me, you’re not alone. Virtually no living person has ever experienced anything like this before. Rather than grumble and look at the negative side of things, asking why this terrible thing is happening to you now, try to find a positive side. After all: most of us have a roof over heads. We have food to eat, and we can buy more when we need it. We’re healthy. We have electricity, communication, entertainment, etc. No one is shooting at us, or bombing us. We are safe. All we have to do is just stay the fuck at home!
So, ask yourself better questions! Think of my motto: Everything happens for a reason. Or come up with your own. Ask yourself: Why is this happening to me now? What’s the reason? What’s MY reason?! Why do I have all this TIME? I don’t know you or your situation, but I can think of dozens of reasons. You get to spend more time with your spouse and your family. Use this time creatively, playfully, wisely. You have time to learn something new: a language, a new skill, maybe a new profession, ways to make extra income, a musical instrument, a hobby, a craft, an art, a new religion, meditation, something spiritual. The list is endless!
THIS IS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY!
You have an opportunity to utilise all this free time like you’re never going to be able to utilise it again. Make the most of it, so that you won’t have any regrets when things get back to normal. Don’t waste this opportunity. Work out how you can you best utilise it to change your future. Use this time to steer yourself or your life in a different direction, a better direction, towards a brighter and more fulfilling future.
Just remember: This lockdown is our present, it’s not our future, and it’s not forever.
Most important of all: Stay Safe!
Thank you for this conversation and good luck. Milan Krušič
Thanks for the opportunity, Milan. It’s always an honour to speak to you readers, and I look forward to interacting with many of you in the future.