LCL • local • living a creative life

LCL • local • living a creative life
Welcome to LCL, pronounced local, or Living a Creative Life. Co-hosts Rawa and Salloul are creatives talking to creatives about what it means to be a creative. Tune in for delicious conversations and awesome takeaways to maximize your own creative life.

#21: You Have Q’s, We Have A’s #1
Aug 13 • 17 min
In this episode, your faves (none other than co-hosts Salloul and Rawa) answer the questions you sent in. We chat about our motivation behind starting LCL, what a creative must do or needs to have in order to *be* a creative, and whether or not creativity…
#20: Don’t Force It with Yasmeen Husseini
Aug 6 • 25 min
Yasmeen Husseini is a 17-year-old self-taught musician, the singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, editor, and producer behind Flowerbxmb (@flowerbxmbmusic). We chat with her about her practice routine, experimenting, how to find your own voice. Yasmeen…
#19: You’re a Cliché with Engy Ibrahim
Jul 30 • 27 min
Engy Ibrahim, poet and artist, is a cliché and proud of it. After going through a bout of existentialism, she realized that we’re all truly going through the same experiences, just in different ways. She leaned in to this concept, and now bases her daily…
#18: Find Your Tribe with Haider Al-Mosawi
Jul 23 • 28 min
What does it mean to connect with an audience, the specific portion of people who see, understand, love, and celebrate your work? In this episode, we chat with Haider Al-Mosawi, co-founder of Sirdab Lab, user experience designer, educator, and father.…
#17: Kill the Editor with Aziz Al Mutawa
Jul 19 • 30 min
No, don’t actually murder editors… but put the little editor in your brain on a cruise or something. Aziz Al Mutawa, the reader and runner behind @thereadingrunner, shares the reason why he throws the constantly critical little voice inside his head away…
#16: Spin Your Own Story with Ahmed Shahabi
Jul 10 • 31 min
Ahmed Shahabi, co-host of ElMohim Reviews, didn’t get his smarts from school. With only Grade 1 under his belt, and a ban from continuing on, he gave himself an education by reading everything he could get his hands on. We chat with him about all he’s…
#15: The Art of Conversation with Sahar Deinparvar
Jul 2 • 25 min
What does it mean to have a thoughtful conversation? In this episode, Sahar Deinparvar, physiotherapist, upcoming psychologist, and co-founder of Inspirational Hangouts, shares her thoughts on discussion, conversation, and how the mind and body interact.…
#14: Learning by Living with Hanan Shaerzadeh
Jun 23 • 26 min
Does all learning happen in the classroom? Do we learn best with a whiteboard in front of us? In this episode, Hanan Shaerzadeh shares her experience as a teacher - sometimes teaching in front of a whiteboard, and other times, guiding her students to…
#13: You’re No Imposter with Faye Al Mansour
Jun 12 • 25 min
In this episode, we chat with Faye Al Mansour aka @sketchadooodle about imposter syndrome, and what it means to share your work in a world where it feels like literally everyone is, too. We talk about comparing yourself to others and the self-comparison…
#12: Put Off Procrastinating
Jun 5 • 24 min
In this episode, co-hosts Salloul and Rawa chat about creative procrastination and why we creatives tend to put off crafting, which makes us feel fulfilled, for Netflix and other distractions, which only feel good in the moment. We talk about our own…
#11: Ride the Wave with Sheikah Al Habshi
May 29 • 28 min
Sheikah Al Habshi, the mastermind behind melty @coffeeandcastoffs, began drawing in 2017 as a way to get through her upset feelings. Nowadays, she creates no matter how she feels or what is happening in her world - the pen is an extension of her hand.…
#10: Be Unpopular with Ali Sleeq
May 22 • 33 min
Ali “Bluesman” Sleeq joins us in this episode to talk about what it means to keep doing what you love to do, no matter what people say. He’s the dude about the Blues, a genre of music that isn’t popular here in the region (or anywhere else in the world,…
#9: Find Your Refuge with Sandi Ismail
May 14 • 32 min
Sandi Ismail finds refuge in embroidery. Being alone, with only the small sounds of needle and thread through canvas, is the way she finds solace from the worries of everyday life. Tune in to learn more about finding your refuge in crafting, and how to…
#8: Driving in the Dark with Layla Al-Ammar
May 7 • 36 min
Layla Al-Ammar, recent author of THE PACT WE MADE (Borough Press 2019) and SILENCE IS A SENSE (Borough Press / Algonquin 2021), talks to us about her writing process in this episode. Tune in to hear how she outlines plots and fleshes out characters…
#7: Deeper Dive #1
Apr 30 • 18 min
This episode is the first of a series called “Deeper Dive”, in which your co-hosts Salloul and Rawa discuss what we’ve learned from interviews so far. In this episode, we talk a little about Yara Meraki’s mention of studying her passion (and how we…
#6: Think Inside the Box with Zahra Al-Mahdi
Apr 27 • 23 min
Zahra Al-Mahdi, also known as Zouz the Bird, visual artist, filmmaker, and sound enthusiast, joins us for this episode. Zouz talks to us about the boxes we’re in, and how messy that can get, and how hard we try to think “outside” of them, when really - we…
#5: Find the Patterns with Amin Fari
Apr 16 • 30 min
Amin Fari, aka Nine Nuggetz, aka *the* Mr. Fari of Talent Shop joins us for this episode. We chat about his time in LA, what it’s like being a DJ in Kuwait, and how he finds new ideas across fields of art by looking for how he can translate patterns…
#4: Design Your Day with Sarah Chouari
Apr 9 • 28 min
Sarah Chouari, an artpreneur at Artspace who expresses herself best through doodles and paint, joins us in this episode. She has some business advice, some artist advice, and it all boils down to: stop being a victim and design your day according to your…
#3: It’s All Your Fault with Ali AlHasan
Apr 2 • 33 min
We talk with Ali AlHasan, co-owner of Caffeine and Business Intelligence Systems, and father to two beautiful girls. Ali talks self-victimization with us in this episodes, and how to ditch entitlement and take responsibility for your life.
#2: The Ritual with Yara Meraki
Mar 25 • 25 min
Join us as we chat with Yara Meraki, a Syrian graduate of fine arts. We talk about her experiences creating artwork about refugees, and she describes her strategy to get in the mood for creating: The Ritual. Listen in to find out what her ritual is, and…
#1: Pilot
Mar 17 • 15 min
Welcome to LCL, pronounced local, or Living a Creative Life! Co-hosts Salloul and Rawa chat about who they are and why they started this podcast.