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New Beauty Portraits from the Abu Dhabi Photographers!

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New Beauty Portraits from the Abu Dhabi Photographers!

THE WORKSHOP(S): BEAUTY PORTRAITS

THE GROUP: ABU DHABI PHOTOGRAPHERS

NOTE: ADP has hosted an indoor beauty portrait session to experiment with beauty makeup and different lighting effects. The group used props and two professional models and a makeup artist.

ABOUT: Abu Dhabi Photographers is a group of photography enthusiasts who meet regularly to capture beautiful shots and to share knowledge and experiences. The group is managed by BrandMoxie.

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MODELS: Yana Asanova (Moldova) & Raluca Hustiuc (Romania)

HAIR & MAKEUP: Sara Alh (Romania)

JEWLERRY: SIDSO WARDROBE

PHOTOGRAPHER: Shahid Saeed

Group Photo Photographer: Rizwana Shahid

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Character Study in Acting – Rik Aby

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Rik Aby

RIK ABY: ACTOR| VOCALS| STORYTELLER

 

 

“I have been a multilingual method actor, presenter, voice over artist and entertainer for more than 15 years. Some of the films I was in include “Moments of Fiction,” and the Emirati Feature ” Royal Love” with Dr. Habib Ali Ghloom, Abduallah Zaid, Jumma Ali.  I also acted in “Macbeth Arabia” with Bashar Atyiat and am currently in “A Tale of Shadows” which is currently screening across cinemas in the UAE. 

 

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I am collaborating with Miral in a Vlog that you’ll be soon be seeing much more of. Miral and I are two multi cultural ethnic Arab actors who show our quirky interpretation of life.

 

Being naturally empathetic, one of my main challenges I faced as an actor is being able to control my mental, emotional and physical state. It is very easy for me to be drawn into characters and not be able to come out of them immediately, but I have now found the balance I need.

I want to congratulate the UAE for becoming eligible to participate in the Oscar Foreign Category – it’s definitely a step in the right direction. We can only hope to build a stronger industry in the UAE to compete internationally.

Rik on Skills an Actor Should Have:
Listening

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Empathy

Honesty

Training

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Dream, Believe and Action! – Miral Niazi

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Miral Niazi

WHO: MIRAL NIAZI
WHAT: ACTRESS| FILMMAKER

“Yes, I am like any other Arab woman in this part of the world.

“I come from a divorced family and a very strict society. It was a difficult time to grow up. It was a time when children were forced to follow the dreams set by their parents and to focus on jobs that pay the bills. My father asked me when I was 13 years old, “What do you want to be when you grow up”? I said immediately with no hesitation, “I want to direct movies.” His reaction was ‘Oh Lord, my daughter is in danger!’  I don’t blame him because that was misconception that society had of the film industry at that time. It was especially true if you were a woman. There just didn’t seem to be a future for you in film, except if you were in Hollywood.

“I was a rebel ever since then, never accepting what society dictated.  I remember always thinking, ‘Why did God not create me as a boy so I could do whatever I want and go where ever I want?’ I never stopped dreaming.

“I inherited my artistic side from my mother – she is an artist. I began painting on every surface I saw:  drawing characters from cartoons and movies. I wrote stories and comic books and I was told by my music teacher that I had singing ability.

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FINDING MYSELF IN FILM

“I did jobs that I never loved just to please my family. But I also felt lost for many years. I worked in  marketing and business development, but I was not happy. I wanted to be proud of myself instead of pleasing others and I never gave up despite all the rejections I encountered. Then one day I got my first chance to work in a film production as a crew member. This led to several successive projects that helped build my experience in production. God had heard my prayers. I got a gig in theatre and got approached for film work and TV commercials

“Getting into acting as an Arab woman is not easy.  I strongly believe I can reach my goal internationally, while still holding on to my principles and my traditions. My slogan in life is ‘dream, believe and act’.

“I have just started a VLOG with a fellow actor. I strongly believe it will be a hit and that it will give us international exposure. My dream is to make it in Hollywood.  And dreaming is the first step to reality.”

 

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How Maysoon Zayid didn’t let discrimination stop her passion

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Maysoon Zayid

A Woman of Colour, Muslim, Palestinian, Disabled, and Fluffy.

– Maysoon Zayid
Comedienne

 “When I was a child, my parents couldn’t afford physical therapy for my Cerebral Palsy, so they sent me to tap dancing class. I started performing onstage for large crowds at the age of five, so I have always been a performer. I also loved television. I watch more TV than any human being should. I have always wanted to be on TV. I don’t care about fate, I don’t need to be like Meryl Streep, I just know that TV is the perfect job for me. I studied theater at Arizona State University.

I became a comedian because Hollywood shuns people with disability but Comedians always get a pass. Hollywood loves perfection but when you’re being funny, you don’t have to be perfect. I grew up watching Richard Pryor, Carol Burnett, and Margaret Cho. I knew that comedy was the surest way to make my dreams come true. Now, I love comedy so much more than acting. It’s amazing being able to fight the power while making people laugh. I am my own boss and no one but God can cancel me.

“Being in entertainment is about constant rejection. You try out for ten things, you get one, and then it falls through. The biggest challenge for me is not giving up. Entertainment is tough and being a touring standup comic is exhausting. I fly all the time and flying is miserable. When I tour in America, I take my cat Beyonce, with me.  So when I tour internationally, she can’t go and that is a huge sacrifice for me. It really has been an uphill battle. I’m fighting against discrimination on every level. I’m a woman of colour, Muslim, Palestinian, disabled, and fluffy. I’m everything Hollywood rejects and yet here I am, living the dream. I am currently developing a sitcom with Hazy Mills Productions. All these years of struggles are finally paying off inshallah.

“This is my first time performing in Abu Dhabi, so it is all new to me. One of the things that I noticed when I toured the Arab world is that a lot of people have never seen a functional, disabled adult and I think this is a great opportunity to educate about the possibilities and the rights of disabled people. I was the guest comedian in residence at Arizona State University and I love to teach, so being at NYU Abu Dhabi is an incredible privilege. I’m excited to help train the next generation of Arab standup comedians. Who knows? Maybe a star from Abu Dhabi can join the next New York Arab American Comedy Festival.

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“Watch standup comedy online all the time. Start with www.maysoon.com. See what makes you laugh and figure out what type of comic you want to be. Are you political? Are you clean? Do you want to talk about family? Or do you want to talk about the outside world? It is up to you and watching comedians will help you figure it out. Do NOT copy another comedian. Do not take their jokes, be original. Write at least five jokes every single day. If you’re stuck, give yourself a subject like food or marriage or cars. The next step it’s to find a place to perform. If there are no comedy clubs, see if a coffee shop will let you perform. Get a group together, do your jokes in front of them. You can also put your stuff online. You can film yourself doing standup in front of your friends and family and post your videos for the world to see. The most important thing is to write jokes every day and practice whenever you can.

 

– Maysoon Zayid

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