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CYOP #126 - Confronting Stereotypes, Speaking Up + Using Your Craft for Good with Documentary Director Sami Abdou

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CYOP #126 - Confronting Stereotypes, Speaking Up + Using Your Craft for Good with Documentary Director Sami Abdou

Photo courtesy of Sami Abdou.

Photo courtesy of Sami Abdou.


We’re wrapping up our final three-part series of the season featuring documentary director Sami Abdou and things get pretty heavy today. You can absolutely just listen to this episode and get a lot out of it, but I really recommend you head back to episodes 124 and 125 first, so you can get more context around Sami’s career trajectory and the topics we’re covering.

On the show, we talk about why, for the first time in Sami's life, he feels unwelcome in the country he calls home, why it’s become pretty much impossible for Sami to create just for the sake of creating, and how we can all use our platforms to do good in the world.


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"Never forget your purpose." — Documentary Director Sami Abdou // Art by Melanie Biehle 

"Never forget your purpose." — Documentary Director Sami Abdou // Art by Melanie Biehle 



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CYOP #125 - The Importance of Side Projects + Why Personality Matters with Documentary Director Sami Abdou

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CYOP #125 - The Importance of Side Projects + Why Personality Matters with Documentary Director Sami Abdou

Photo: Death to the Stock Photo

Photo: Death to the Stock Photo


We’re back with another episode featuring documentary director Sami Abdou. If you're just finding the show, I highly recommend you go back and listen to last week’s episode — episode 124 — before diving into this one. Everything will just make a lot more sense if you do.

On today’s show, I’m talking with Sami about his side projects, what they mean to him, and how he fits them in while he’s working some seriously long hours as a director for the show Intervention. We also talk a lot about the magic of Los Angeles (and some of its dark sides) and why being a solid human being is crucial when you’re looking to be gainfully employed in the entertainment industry — and any industry.

Enjoy!


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CYOP #124 - Thinking Strategically About Your Career Path + Making as Often as You Can with Documentary Director Sami Abdou

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CYOP #124 - Thinking Strategically About Your Career Path + Making as Often as You Can with Documentary Director Sami Abdou

Photo courtesy of Sami Abdou.

Photo courtesy of Sami Abdou.


Today we’re starting our final three-part series of the season and I’m really excited to be sharing this next guest with you. If you’ve been listening to the show for a bit, you may know that it actually started with a Q&A interview series on my blog before it became a podcast. I really wanted to bring back some of the people I interviewed in 2013 and today we’re getting some updates from my friend Sami Abdou. 

Sami is a documentary director and he works on both small projects and some pretty notable ones. For example, right now he's a director for the TV show, Intervention. In today’s episode, we learn more about Sami’s background and the real story behind why he decided to get into filmmaking, what it’s like to direct documentary films and shows, how his career has evolved over the years and how he stays happy and healthy with his intense work schedule.

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"Just make stuff." — Documentary Director Sami Abdou // Art by Melanie Biehle 

"Just make stuff." — Documentary Director Sami Abdou // Art by Melanie Biehle 



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The Muir Project: An Interview for Submerge Magazine

So you've all heard of The Muir Project, right? No? Well, let me introduce you!

Basically, a group of five friends (who just happen to be incredibly talented artists) decided to tackle the John Muir Trail (JMT) in the summer of 2011. They researched and prepared with the goals of 1.) completing the hike and 2.) capturing as much of their beautiful surroundings as possible so they could share it with others.

This is the result of that epic journey: 

The team members behind Mile, Mile & A Half are now touring the country and will be making a stop in Sacramento on June 15. I recently had the chance to interview a few of them for Submerge Magazine.

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If you're in Sacramento, you should be able to find a print copy at just about any news stand in downtown or midtown. If you'd like to scope out the interview digitally, you can do so here.

Ticket sales for the first few premiers and screenings have gone very well and the team is anticipating a pretty great turnout for the Sacramento event. In other words: if you haven't snagged your tickets, get on it

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Anyone out there hiked the JMT? I've never taken a true backpacking trip before (day hiker, here), but this film has me juuuust about ready to give it a shot. If you have any stories, feel free to share them in the comment section below! 

Hope to see a few of your smiling faces at the screening this weekend!


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