Diana itching to do 'grown-up' telly in New York
CHILDREN'S telly star Diana Bunici is eager to move on to more grown-up projects.
The Moldovan-born Dubliner said that despite having had "the time of my life" while working on RTE children's shows such as Elev8, it's time to move on.
And the 25-year-old said she hopes to one day live and work in New York.
"I've been doing kids' TV for about four years now and it has been the best learning school," she said.
"But I've realised that I'm almost 26 and mentally I'm ready, so I'll be exploring ideas because I think it's the right time."
Diana said she could see herself one day doing a similar job to former RTE newsreader Anne Doyle, but admitted that her real goals lie in documentary-making.
Speaking about where she'd like to be in five years' time, she took inspiration from fellow Irish journalist Maia Dunphy.
"I'd love to present a series of documentaries, something like what Maia has done," she said.
"I'm a huge fan of British documentary maker Louis Theroux as well, so if I could get a gig like that I'd be in my element."
After "completely falling in love" with New York on a visit to see her friend Katie van Buren, Diana has set her sights on moving to the Big Apple before too long.
"I was sad to be coming home two weeks ago - I felt like I was leaving a little bit of my heart over there," she said.
"If things dried up here or if something appeared over there, I think I would definitely grab the chance to just do it while the opportunities are still there."
From her work in both the TV3 and RTE newsrooms, Diana said she has learned that being a presenter involves a lot more work than people might think.
"You're not just what the industry calls auto-cuties (good-looking girls who read auto-cues) - it's just not enough to be able to stand in front of a camera," she said.
"You have to be multi-skilled, you have to be able to write your own scripts, write your own briefs, do voiceovers and learn to edit."
Diana said she's looking forward to a long-awaited family holiday with her parents and brother, who has just finished his Leaving Cert.
She was speaking at the launch of the IFI Family Festival in Temple Bar which is on this weekend and showcases children's films.