Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Ahmed.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in a family of storytellers. My mom wanted to be an actress but wasn’t able to since acting was looked down upon at the time. I was always making up stories and my family consistently encouraged me to write. In high school, I got interested in photography. My uncle and cousin then introduced me film and since I enjoyed it so much, my parents ended up putting me in the film camp. I was the only girl in the film program at camp but it didn’t discourage me.
Once I left I knew I wanted to continue to make films; I told my teachers that I was going to move from Iowa to LA to pursue it and a lot of them didn’t take me very seriously. But my close friends and siblings really pushed me to do what I love. I moved to LA the summer after high school with no plans. I ended up taking a year off school because I wasn’t comfortable starting college without a specific goal in mind career wise. Eventually I enrolled in the Los Angeles Film School and I have been working on some dope projects ever since.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely not easy. A lot of people like to talk about how great it is to chase your dreams and pursue your passions but never how hard it is. It takes a lot of self discovery, self discipline, patience and resilience. You really do have to evolve as a person in order to see your art progress. I think thats the biggest difference between a job and a career. Anyone can fill out an application and work a job but not everyone is willing to build a career and grow with it.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I like to do a wide variety of work but my main focuses are writing and directing. I have a natural ability to write tragedies, horror and comedy and I use my interests in psychology and how the mind works to enhance my writing.
I use my own experiences and cultural background to create stories with unique plots. Living in Sudan, I’ve had quite a few anomalous experiences that most people wouldn’t face in the western world. Film is the closest thing to recreating and giving people first hand experiences of those moments.
What were you like growing up?
I was pretty quiet growing up. I guess I was a little shy but mostly just wasn’t interested in a lot of the things that surrounded me. I also dealt with anxiety and depression for a majority of my teen years, those kind of issues that take a toll on your mentality tend to leak into your personality as well.
I did have a great childhood nonetheless and was very fortunate to be raised with my cousins, they were and still are some of my best friends. Being family oriented at such a young age is such a big blessing that not many people are lucky enough to come across.
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