Hmmm.. “Introduce yourself”! I always get nervous every time I need to introduce myself, not sure why, maybe because I don’t know who I am yet, and I had just started my journey of self-discovery. My name is Linda Al Shami; I’m a visual storyteller and animator. I moved to Dubai almost 4 years ago, after I lived my entire life in Lebanon.
I started to self-quarantine before anyone else since I’m living with my elderly parents. To be honest, It was super challenging, especially for an extrovert like me. But I kept myself busy with work and new projects, which opened new doors for me.
I have learned so many lessons lately, perhaps the most valuable was to think boldly about what makes me happy.. and go for it without fear.
Getting out of my comfort zone enabled me to embark on my latest project, a personal animation called “Fragile: Handle with care.” It was inspired by all the situations I went through in life where emotions drove my decisions, and my heart was taking over, and that’s why I always ended up with heartbreak and disappointment. So it’s a self-reminder that the past could be painful, but the secret is to learn and move on.
Most of the time, my inspirations tend to come from my current surroundings and my mood. Art in general is one of the things that inspire me the most. Especially during this unprecedented time where the role of art is central in our lives. Art sets us free, and really it’s just a great escape from our reality, and this is how it will always be.
As an artist, there’s one question I always ask myself every time I have doubts is: “What makes you different from everyone else on the planet?”
It’s hard to tell sometimes really! Especially because we are often so critical of ourselves in comparison to other people.
But rather than feeling weighed down by your differences, celebrate them and put them front and center in your journey of exploration.
I believe that if you allow yourself to be happy about who you are, you’ll find out that you are much happier in your life. So DO NOT BELIEVE YOUR NEGATIVE THOUGHTS, because we have about 65,000 thoughts every day, and shockingly, 70% of them are negative. The choice to be happy is yours.. so make sure you choose right every single day!