“7kita 3ala facebook w maraddit” is not a business approach

So is “Ba3atella DM on instagram w ma raddit”
Being A digital consultant, I find it often that people are interested in working with bloggers, digital influencers, or talents. Sometimes directors would find an actress so fitting for a specific role, that they send her a private message.

 

I also hear this often “I sent her a message on instagram and on facebook, she did not reply, she is probably sheyfeh hala”, while on the other hand there are numerous numbers of bloggers waiting for sponsors, for content, and there are so many talented actresses and models feeling unappreciated.

 

What should you do?
– Every blogger/ actress has contact information on their socials: Send them an email or call their personal numbers. Don’t just wait for a message on Facebook. That is you being unprofessional, not them being cocky.

 

– When not getting a reply, send a reminder after 3 days, then another one after 2 weeks.

 

– (If you still did not get a reply and you are still after this specific person) Figure out a medium. Think of a person who would know her personal number or email and contact that person.

– Contact Talent Agents and Agencies for assistance (they usually have contact information of talents)

Tips:

  • The new instagram links you directly to a person’s contact
  • Many professionals have their numbers put on LinkedIn
  • Bloggers that do not have a contact number on their socials probably do not want to be contacted (so if you are a blogger and aiming for sponsors and proposals, put it there!)
  • When signing deals and talking MONEY with the assistance of a talent agent or medium, ask for a meeting for the 3 of you together. Chances are big that some projects do not go though because the “person in the middle” wants a bigger commission or is not transmitting the right info about a specific activity

 

While mostly all businesses exist on facebook and instagram, both are still NOT BUSINESS platforms. You want to raise a complaint, send an inquiry, or ask for a favor SEND AN EMAIL, CALL THE NUMBER, and ASK FOR A F2F MEETING.

Goodluck!
Much Love!
M

Women, Homosexuals, and Artists as Politicians in Lebanon – @theKIPProject

… following my Not Your Ashta Blogpost..

I was happy to be invited to the KIP Project this year held at the American University of Beirut (AUB), since I was extremely sick for the past week, I could only attend it on the 1st of April (I missed the first day).

*Whereas all the panelists truly inspired me and scratched my head, I will only mention those who somehow triggered my senses more than others.*

Panel (Highlighting Discrimination through Art & Media)

One of the panelists, Bahaa Harmouche, is a creative director and works on the stigmatized HIV Positive outcasts in our modern societies – more specifically the homosexual HIV Positive people in the Middle East. He speaks on behalf of them saying “Accept Us and Love Us, we are not your enemy.”

Homosexuality is still an extremely controversial issue in the Middle East where all religions completely reject it as being un-natural and devilish. Individuals are living an internal conflict day after day, especially those who belong to extremely religious families. HIV patients – often persecuted by (somewhat) hypocrites that mainly engage in the same actions they did, but were luckier to not contract such a fatal disease – victimize themselves due to their little awareness, education, and luck.

“The gay society is already marginalized in our societies. The homosexual HIV Positives are even marginalized in the gay society itself,” claimed Bahaa during his panel.

It was definitely the first time I hear such a panel – a taboo, an unspoken battle, and a condemned group by even the minority sub-culture – a courageous topic to address.

Heather Jaber, an independent researcher, discussed the fact that homosexuals are often portrayed in Lebanese series as depressed, and are sent or exiled to other countries. While this portrayal of reality has its positive aspect where it shows that these individuals are unaccepted in society, other questions arise like: why isn’t the media showing us the successful happy homosexuals in Lebanon as normal characters living with us everyday – and are WE  giving them the option of either living with depression, committing suicide, or unintentionally sending them to extreme exile? Why is the sexual orientation the only layer a character is described with in Lebanese cinema and why is homosexuality the only artifact that is leading gay characters into depression?


Panel (Marginalized Groups in the Lebanese Political Sphere)


Carmen Geha and Krystel Tabet shared with us the findings of their research of the little engagments of females in the political life. “Politics is masculine” she said, “women are usually brought up in Lebanon to be honest, thinking about the benefit of the community rather than personal benefit whereas men usually possess more ego, aspire to be powerful and are more interested in politics.” Other reasons discussed were the patriarchy of sectarianism and the (debatably) little resources of women, their little effectiveness in national institutions, and their less availability (since they are mostly also mothers and house wives).


Reem Saab’s research highlighted a slight difference in the degree of political voting among men vs women (men are more likely to vote by 1.2% than women) yet a rather great-low representation of women in politics, due to lack of interest, lower chances of employment, and lower education levels.


Nada Anid, representing the NGO Women In Front, shared with us her findings of Lebanon being ranked 180/187 (in Women Parliament Representation) and 143/144 (in Women Governmental Inclusion). She states that a better Quota of women will only happen under one condition: Real Political Will.


In addition to the absence of a Feminist Block and the misconception of the role of politics, one can not but note that the seats in the Lebanese Parliament are barely fitting our politicians that are almost devouring each other for one seat, what if a WOMAN was to take that seat? Unfortunately, giving a seat to a woman is regarded as more of a gentleman act than anything else in the Lebanese government.

Perhaps these issues are disregarded in oppose to what our country is facing these days, however there exists a definite misconception of the role of politics.

Women and activists are less likely to consider politics due to the global interests/lobbies that do not appeal to the interests of such individuals. However, the KIP Project reminded all its attendees that politics is not about Russia, USA, France, or the Middle East, it is about our daily life struggles.

The representation of labor in the syndicates and unions has a direct effect on the rights of the practitioners of a certain labor force. The municipalities are responsible for the concerns of its citizens and we (and our votes) are to be blamed for the traffic jam we are stuck in every day. The government is held responsible for the tax, the double-electricity, and our endless expenses. Politics is not whether Iran and USA are on in “tsingof” or “TGIF” mode. Politics is the daily stress or distress we live with every single day.

The panel  (Art as an Alternative Catalyst for Change In Lebanon) featuring the Kesserwany sisters reminded artists that usually have no interest in politics to address social change in their own creative way. Yes, even artists are responsible for fixing Lebanon, no one is exempted – not the women, not the homosexuals, and not the artists. We are all in this together.

I hope one day all Lebanese People find this as interesting as the numerous pointless memes circulating our useless whatsapp groups,
With Love!
M

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From the book Louder Than Hearts Poems – Zeina Hashem Beck Winner of the 2015 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize

WHY THEM NOT YOU (PART VI) ADEL KARAM

After my appearance on Hayda Talent with Adel Karam, I am often asked about Adel – what is he like? Is he nice in person? Or is he stuck up? My answer always is: I love him!

Today, I witnessed him answering the questions of the attendees at Director’s Kcut conference – proving to me once more how down to earth he is.

What makes him different?

1- He is a giver

Knowing that stand up is the hardest form of public speaking, giving it a try was so stressful, challenging, and scary. Coming up with a script and standing in front of millions was definitely the hardest public experience I have ever went through.

Adel Karam made it much easier for me. He went through my script, gave me advice of how to say my lines, and even interacted with me on stage when he saw how nervous I was.

2- He is not overwhelmed with fame

Today at Director’s Kcut, Adel explained to the students that all the fame and glory a celebrity gets is nothing but earthly void glory, which struck me to the core. I have witnessed Divas who almost have Godly attributes, thinking they’re better; they’re above, that they rule. That is when they actually lose in life – and that is why Adel keeps on winning: getting more successful, more imitated, and more loved; he has his feet on the ground.

3- He is passionate

Many of us are after being famous, being powerful, and being ‘glorious’. That is not what Adel Karam is after, he is after doing what he loves.

When asked about The Late Night Show “Hayda 7akeh”, he told us that it took Tareck Karam two years of convincing – for Adel to present it. If he were just about the fame and glory, it would have taken Adel a minute to jump to the opportunity – because hey, let me not state the obvious, we both know why. 😉

He also explained that he would reject (and has rejected) an offer from Hollywood if he felt that it contradicts with what he is passionate for…

4- He is responsible and loyal

…which brings me to this: Adel expressed that even if he were offered by Martin Scorcese himself a huge role in a movie, he would only take it if he makes sure he wouldn’t be slacking with Mafi Metlo and Hayda 7akeh

– which means he has huge respect and responsibility to what and where he is at now, that he wouldn’t jeopardize it for anything; not to mention his complete and utter trust in his team and his brother Tareck Karam.

So much respect for that, and Oh, even more respect because he gave Scorcese as an example. *fangirls*


4- He motivates

On Hayda 7akeh, Adel never cares about creating a scoop, instead he makes it a purpose to make his guest feel comfortable and at home.

When I was about to come up on stage at Hayda 7akeh, Adel Karam complimented me a lot and gave a lot of positive energy so I could believe in myself. I know that very few stars do that. 

“Do not believe what you hear about the media. TV Presenters are recruited due to their potential and not due to whatever they have done with a director/producer. TV channels want potential, potential makes them money. You will all make it, I can see it in your eyes. Even those who are from an engineering background, you are here, you are passionate for getting there. That is why you will make it.”
– Adel Karam, to the students of Director’s Kcut

It is easy to be popular, especially if you are gifted. It is hard however, to keep on winning. How is Adel Karam STILL making it big?

He is giving, motivating, passionate, down to earth, loyal, and finally responsible.

Much Love!
M

MOVIE VI: NEIGHBORS II (2016) M REVIEW

You can totally rap up the whole movie by saying Zac Efron is effing hot, and you should watch him strip – almost rocking some Magic Mike moves – but I’ll go further in this. For the guys and men who are into lil’ girls, there is a bit of Selena Gomez there too. It’s not the brightest of movies, but since I watched it, here it is:

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Zac isn’t in college anymore, his gay-best friend is getting married and he has to move out. He finds the perfect refugee: A House where Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz) and two other freshman girls (Kiersey Clemons and Beanie Feldstein) are starting a cool-sorority “Kappa Nu” that actually throws parties unlike other sororities that can only attend frat parties (organized by guys).

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Next door however, are Zac’s former enermies: the Radners (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne). Those who have seen Neighbors 1 know a bit about their psychology, I’d advise watching Neighbors 1’s trailer, however you can totally catch up if you haven’t.

The Radners are expecting a baby and are trying to sell the house. According to them, there is no way they can sell it with crazy sorority parties happening in the house near them.

Zac starts out helping the Sorority raise money and get big, then he takes the old people’s side and decides on tearing it down with the Radners.

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This Movie is 18+ at Cinemall and definitely targets university students; not a lot of wisdom messages there but here are a few things you might learn from Neighbors II:

  • Zac Efron is hot
  • You should grow up, life is not college
  • Zac Efron is hot
  • When your best friend(s) gets married or falls in love, you don’t have to feel left out – they would still love to have you there (third wheeling or being say, a maid of honor)
  • When you do the right thing, it pays off – sometimes, literally; in money buckets
  • Your cannot control kids, the belong to LIFE (Boom!)

Moreover, this movie shows all the homophobes out there that a homosexual guy can still be (best) friends with a straight guy. It exists and you shouldn’t be so paranoid and narrow-minded about it. Chill, no one’s going to rape you.

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Two, this movie caters to those female college students that are not bimbos and hoes. They Exist. Somehow, college movies always classifies the girls into either lifeless church nerds or straight dumb b*tches. This movie is an Easy-A kind of college-movies that show girls who love to party but don’t need those 7-minutes-in-heaven and tequila-punches kind of parties.

Also, (unlike Hollywood movies in the 90s) the three girls starting the sorority (or is it Sorortity?) are not all blonde; one is blonde, the other is African American and the third one is ‘fine’ looking and overweight. They’re all cool. The blonde is still the dominant leader, but they’re all best friends and there is no bossing around. I love that Hollywood is shifting the 90s stereotypes and being more real.

 

Enjoy the strip!
Much Love!
M

Interesting Facts About Whiskey with Mr. Graham Coull

So, I got the chance (among with 14 other bloggers) to meet the Master Distiller at Glen Moray Himself Mr. Graham Coull, and be lectured about Glen Moray Whiskey and about Whiskey in general.

glen-moray-3Some interesting facts I learned: 

  • Scottish Whisky is only be made in Scotland (obviously but you know)
  • It is made of Water, Grain, and Yeast
  • Kinds of Whisky are Single Malt, Blended Scotch (and Blended Malt)
  • Whiskey is made of beer (Add Barley and Yeast, distill it twice to get Spirit, put it in an oak cask for 3 years)
  • If you mix 2 whiskeys of different ages in the same oak cask, the whiskey takes the age of the youngest (Say you put a 12 year old whiskey with an 18 year old = 12)
  • In Summer, the whiskey interacts more with the wood inside the oak
  • The use of a Narrow-From-The-Top tasting glass is so, so the taste is centralized, the aroma stays in the whiskey
  • No two whiskies are identical
  • To keep the taste of the whiskey, do not add ice (because it is water) Water Cools Down and changes the taste of whiskey
  • There is no specific age for a whiskey to be bottled; it just needs to be ready; different casks mature differently
  • When emptying a cask, Master Distillers keep a couple of liters inside to keep the cask moisturized between two generations.
  • The whiskey is much more intense if it is bottled in a brand new cask used for the first time, 50% less intense if it used the second time, 25% less intense the third time (usually casks are used for three generations)
  • Glen Moray works with 90,000 barrels a year (around 3 million bottles)

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How to Taste A Whiskey:

  • Hold it in the light, to start differentiating different blends of whiskey and their colors
  • Nose it, to know what to expect
  • Taste it

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What We Tasted:

Glen Moray:

The Classic Single Malt (6-7 years)
Taste: Malty Toffee Sweetness
I liked it, but you can definitely taste Barley in it, because it is young

 

The Classic Port Finish (40% alcohol)
Taste: Citrus, Apple, Pear, Cinnamon
I loved this one, I would recommend this whiskey to girls

 

Chardonnay Cask Finish
Taste: Unique, Spicy, Wine Flavor, Candy, Fruit Sweetness
I also would recommend this one to girls and not heavy whiskey drinkers

 

Peated Single Malt
Taste: burned turf, peat smoke, peated vegies
I would only recommend this one to a heavy smoker who stopped smoking and would want to feel some chimney, it’s too heavy I would imagine an oversized man drinking it on his porch while his wife cooks soup

 

12 Years Old
Taste: Sweatness, Dark Fruits, Red Berries, Vanilla, Oak Woody Element, Very subtle amount of smoke
This has more character, probably because it is 12 years old and that is the basic age of whiskey

 

15 Year Olds
Taste: Coffee bean, Cherry, Fruits, Bitter
I like this one more than the 12 year olds, it has more flavor
I would add to it 2 ice

 

18 Year Olds
Taste: TOO STRONG because it is 47.2% alcohol
You will need to add to it water

 

 

 

The KIP Project #NotYourAshta

I was personally a fan of the StillNotAskingForIt campaign that started in June 2014 in America, I am glad something similar is happening in Lebanon.

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You’ve probably seen all the #NotYourAshta posts recently posted on social media; basically this campaign is to raise awareness about the KIP Project.

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The KIP Project on Gender and Sexuality at AUB is in its second year of gathering and disseminating information related to gender and sexuality in Lebanon, as well as building bridges between different stakeholders working in the field.

On March 31 and April 1, 2017, a two-day academic conference will be held to support the production and dissemination of knowledge related to gender and sexuality issues.
The conference will be centered around the theme of gender-based discrimination and sexual harassment.

“To gear up for our multidisciplinary conference in 2017, centered around discrimination and sexual harassment, we’re preparing an online campaign falling within the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence. This internationally recognized campaign begins on November 25 – the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women- and ends on December 10 – Human Rights Day. To get the conversation started and raise awareness, this online campaign which seeks to shed light on the issue of street harassment in Lebanon.”

To know more about the conference and campaign, click here.

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What I want to say is: No Matter What A Girl Is Doing, No Matter How She Is Dancing, No Matter What She’s Wearing, NOTHING IS AN EXCUSE for any sexual harassment, and she still IS NOT ASKING FOR IT. 

We live in Lebanon, possibly the most annoying country in the world when it comes to doing what you love without worrying about people’s judgement and persecution – let alone Sexual Harassment. A liberal girl is often labeled as “Asking For It” even though most of the times, it is not the case.

Rape and sexual abuse/harassment is all around us everywhere we go (definitely on the streets). Because it is a taboo, girls often stay silent and do not share their stories. A person’s psychology and sexuality is often destroyed or disoriented due to such stories.

To know more about the #KIP2017 go to thekipproject.info

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Maya Acra Show Reel

I’ve edited my old show reel like 3 years ago of random university students (senior) projects, here’s a new one: more freaky; of only two projects I’ve done.

Khati2ati Takwa (Anas Arabi Song)
Character: girlfriend
– Bed Time Story (Valerie Yaacoub Senior Movie)
Character: Belle

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