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Meet Ahmed Alamri (A.K.A Mojomora) of Dark Magazine in San Diego

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ahmed Alamri (A.K.A Mojomora).

Ahmed, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
When I was a senior in High School, my counselor told me that I needed to pick a career. I was one of those students that always struggled with that question but as I got older, I figured out why. Like many entrepreneurs, I like a lot of things. For example, I love mobile apps so when I was 16, I decided to launch a location-based social network. When I started college, I taught myself graphic design, launched a design business and got to work with several local businesses like sports agencies, clothing brands, and technology companies. Somewhere along the line, I discovered my passion for the law and decided to go law school, earn my Juris Doctorate and work in the area of intellectual property law (copyright, trademark, & internet law). More recently, I decided to launch an digital feature magazine: DARK Magazine to highlight local businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, speakers & creatives following the COVID-19 shutdown.

But, none of this could have been possible without a solid upbringing and I contribute all of my successes to my parents.

I get my work ethic from my father: an immigrant who migrated to the United States and launched a successful business. My father taught me about the importance of family, discipline, and how to be consistent with hard work. He taught me how to run a business, treat customers, and build relationships among the people in your community.

I get my creativity from my mother: an immigrant who migrated to the United States and became an educator. My mother has taught me that nothing is impossible. She’d listen to all of my crazy ideas and would never tell me that any of them were crazy; she would just tell me to take it serious, be smart, and go for it.

If there is anything that I’ve learned, it’s that picking a career isn’t as important as actually doing the things you love. A good way of knowing whether or not you are truly doing the things you love, is to ask yourself if you see your job as “work.” A good way to tell is when you’re working on something that felt like 30 minutes when in reality you’ve been so focussed and intrigued that 2 hours flew by.

In order for your work to not to feel like work, it needs to excite and motivate you every single day. Strive for that and I promise you will never work a day in your life.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’ve learned that struggle is entirely perspective. Understanding that life is a blessing in itself will get you through hardship. Sure, you will encounter difficulty when launching a startup but it would never compare with someone else’s struggle to put food on the table.

My struggles could never compare to the struggles my parents endured to put food on the table and raise a family. It’s important to place your struggles in perspective and into comparison with others.

Even today, during the shutdown, we all got a glimpse of who essential workers are and why they are essential. All of our essential workers happen to be the most underpaid and underprivileged workers. No American should ever have to decide between putting food on the table and risking their lives/family’s lives to survive.

I’ve learned that so many of us have it far more worse in today’s society and we should use our platforms to try and voice or minimize those misfortunes.

Please tell us about Dark Magazine.
I launched DARK Magazine to give creatives a platform to tell their story in a cool way. DARK Magazine not only gives you a chance to be noticed in a published online work but we also design a custom video promo and digital magazine cover of you to share with your fans/followers when your story comes out. DARK Magazine was designed to give creators the spotlight they deserve.

Whether it was working with designers, computer programmers, lawyers, entrepreneurs or artists I’ve always been fascinated by creators because as creators, we often work in the shadows or in the DARK (hence the name!).

Unless you’ve launched something truly from scratch, you’ll never understand the amount of time, effort, and heart it requires to take something off the ground. That creative process inspires me and I wanted to provide a platform that highlights that.

DARK Magazine is really not like anything else thats out there. We will sit down and create custom designs (videos and images) for you using photos and/or videos you send us to go with your article. There is no cooler way to announce that you’ve been featured in a magazine than sharing a sleek, modern, high-quality video or magazine cover that you’re on with your friends and followers.

As a hybrid between a graphic design business and a digital magazine, DARK Magazine is the most innovative digital magazine of 2020.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Not one thing!

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