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Nobody's Famous Podcast
70 minutes | 8 days ago
#36 - Sarah Chafei - Rehashing yourself, Pebble Art and breaking a taboo or two
A coincidence in the making, Episode 36 showcases the wonderful Sarah Chafei. Sarah's name first came across to us through unrelated research at work. Funnily enough, a few weeks later, Sarah herself found the show and engaged with us. From there, the rest was creating a connection and setting up the epic show. Sarah Chafei is a singer-songwriter based in Jeddah, who's opened up her own Pebble Art business where she let's her artistic style shine through. Having struggled with live performances and coming up with a new passion amid lockdown, Sarah has always strived to build on her skills and share more of her creative side. Sarah has also since restarted her Instagram account, doing a full refresh to her profile and her outlook on life. Sarah joined us to discuss her refresh, the origins of mental health taboo in the Arab world, why the "fake it, until you make it" quote doesn't work while also giving us a sneak peek on her upcoming music and new album. Join us for Episode 36 on an epic and deep discussion with none other than Sarah Chafei.
49 minutes | 15 days ago
#35 - Abdulrahman Al Zaabi - One hundred days in the Emirati Capital
It's not often you come across a guy like Abdulrahman Al Zaabi. Also known through his content as A Day with Abdul, Abdulrahman set out to prove that there are so many things that you can do in Abu Dhabi. Tired and fed up of his friends visiting and complaining, he embarked on his greatest challenge yet to create activities for one hundred days in Abu Dhabi. No stranger to challenges, Abdulrahman always endeavored to dispel misconceptions about Emirati culture, educate others through his content and truly showcase Abu Dhabi as an exciting and vibrant city with countless opportunities and activities. From his relatively "naïve" self as he puts it when he discovered a new life in the United States, to where he is now, Abdulrahman has truly evolved into an educational force. His educational videos and activities across Abu Dhabi has not only helped tourists discover more of the city, but he's discovered more about himself and how much further he can showcase his beloved Abu Dhabi.
50 minutes | 22 days ago
#34 - Zouha Dalloul - A Canvas of Faces
Whether it's the inspiration of homegrown paintings of her Palestine hometown, or the glow in her mother's mirror, Zouha Dalloul is the makeup artist with a vision. It's been candidly said in the episode that through a natural experience, Zouha has come to love her craft and has honed it to a point where others can be taught. From dabbling into impressionistic and realistic paintings, to contouring on faces, Zouha has found her passion to not apply makeup, but to teach it as well. Not one for the caked up look, Zouha always strives to ensure a natural look shines through, whether it's through her audacity to tell a bride off, or the mere fact that truly less is more, Zouha doesn't back down from her technique. A traveler at heart, Zouha has also been able to see the world and connect with others through their love for exploration and adventure. Join us in this one-of-a-kind episode with ever thoughtful and artistic Zouha Dalloul.
75 minutes | a month ago
#33 - They Call Me Eddie - The Passion to Excite and Entertain
From explaining the origin of his new moniker "Eddie" to voice acting almost daily. Mohamed Alsayed is a comedic force and really had to work his way around his chosen career to reach this point. Since his recent success in breaking the 100,000 follower barrier on Instagram, Mohamed has continued to create smiles and laughter around him. Mohamed started off his educational career in a choice that really didn't work out for him. Through this discovery but decision as well, he realized his love for voice acting, sound effects, organizing events, MCing events and even acting. Mohamed also notes his love of ensuring people laugh because of him, and is very well aware of the difficulty involved in doing that and becoming a fully fledged comedian. On top of all these different talents and challenges, it's important to note that Mohamed has a great story-telling ability in which he engulfed us in his life journey, telling about his attainment of black belts in various martial arts, as well as creating scenarios for the voices in his head. Join us in this one of a kind episode with truly the one and the only, Mohamed Alsayed aka They Call Me Eddie!
75 minutes | a month ago
#32 - Shereen Abdulla - Igniting your inner SPARK!
Episode 32 was a first for the Nobody's Famous Podcast! In this episode, we sat down with Shereen Abdulla, who operates DIFC FinTech Hive, the Middle East's largest FinTech accelerator program. An exciting moment for the Nobody's Famous Podcast, Shereen delved into her passions for why she loves to help startups and also her beliefs on how technology plays a huge impact on people's lives. Shereen was very forthcoming with the kind of attitude you need to have with founders of startups to push them to succeed, even if the startup itself might not succeed. We also touched on what really is the "spark" within Shereen herself where she discussed how in fact she classifies herself as an Intrapreneur, turning her company around and always looking for new opportunities to help herself and others. On top of all her passionate work with startups, Shereen is the host, creator and produces the podcast Spark! with Shereen where sheds light on startup stories and innovation in the Middle East. Tune into the amazing and exciting Episode 32 with Shereen Abdulla!
33 minutes | a month ago
#31 - Chris Boulos - An Olympian amidst an uninformed Culture
In this episode, we sat down with Chris Boulos, a soon to be Olympian at the Tokyo Olympics. The episode revolved around his love for taking care of his body and his life as a personal trainer in Lebanon. The fitness in culture in Lebanon has made it difficult for Chris to sometimes pursue his personal ambitions but to also educate people; however, Chris’ motto is to persevere. Chris talked to us about the difficulties of getting physically and mentally ready for the Olympics, what with the limited resources Lebanon possesses, but also how even with such constrictions, you can always find push forward to work and better yourself. Tune into Episode 31 with Chris Boulos, a light-hearted episode that’s all about what it means to be an athlete in a tough environment.
61 minutes | 2 months ago
#30 - NM1 (No More One) - If the Underground Rap Scene could speak
It's the BIG 30! In this episode, we didn't interview just one guest. We sat down with FOUR guests as part of the music group NM1 AKA No More One. NM1 initially started off with two members, Ahmed and Mickey. They were friends, but didn't really rap or create music together. After butting heads on the idea, Mickey started to write, and thus NM1 was born. It was after those moments that the group decided to expand their offering, by incorporating dancers into their performances. Enter Esoo and Adam, two Abu Dhabi dancers who each had their own journey entering the musical group. From then on, NM1 took their music into overdrive, performing across Abu Dhabi and producing music. Since then, NM1 has become a content creating machine with their music, interesting visuals and musical concepts. Tune into Episode 30 of the Nobody's Famous Podcast and learn about Abu Dhabi's Underground Rap scene.
54 minutes | 2 months ago
#29 - Alaa Abi Ali - Everyday 'Bla(s)' may be destructive
Alaa Abi Ali was the wildcard. The rough around the edges, do it differently type person. He was dorm mates with Host Ali Rifai and through their time at the American University of Beirut, developed a lasting friendship that was only resurfaced during this show. Alaa has always been eccentric, interesting and everything if not a hard worker but also weirdly in touch with the philosophical, the ethereal and the creative. Through his music, he creates. Through his professional career, he develops. Always tapping into his soul and creative side to just be making content for himself. On the verge of launching his new merchandising brand, Alaa gave us a very different type of show, sending us topics instead of us asking questions. Join us on wild ride with Alaa Abi Ali as he reacts to some of the most interestingly weird statements he's ever made.
44 minutes | 2 months ago
#28 - Alex Wheeler - The varied experiences of Video Games
What a special treat Episode 28 is! Join us in this first of its kind special episode with the co-founder of the Nobody's Famous Podcast, Alex Wheeler! Ali and Alex took the opportunity to tackle certain topics in special episodes; and for the first topic ever, it's going to be Video Games! Join us as we take a walk down two very different memory lanes from two very different gamers and their experiences with the medium. Whether you're an 80's or 90's gamer, this episode tackles the very early experiences of video games and how the experience was either growing up in Abu Dhabi or Trinidad!
54 minutes | 2 months ago
#27 - Stephanie Haddad - Self-expression in a non-expressive Society
Episode 27 takes on the outspoken, self expressive, mighty and comedic Stephanie Haddad. No stranger to bottling things up, Stephanie was always considered on the fringe of how a “normal girl” should act like. She never shied away from speaking her mind and sticking to her values of self-expression, staying true to yourself and not really caring about what others might think. Fast forward a few years from her childhood, in 2018, Stephanie’s frustration with Lebanese drivers manifested into a video which went viral. Not only did this reassure Stephanie that her message of just speaking your mind resonated with others, she suddenly had a platform to build on. And build on it she did by conveying her messages of positivity, discussing the undiscussed and unraveling the taboos that society has created. Deep dive with us into this extraordinary episode with an extraordinary guest where we discuss anything and everything when it comes to speaking your mind and sharing your thoughts with the world.
57 minutes | 3 months ago
#26 - Shawn Chidiac - Off the Chain Comedy in a Critical World
It's not that often when you come across someone who can make you laugh in a few simple words. Funny man Shawn Chidiac - or better known through his Instagram account: "myparents_are_divorced" is that kind of guy. In Episode 26, we sat down with Shawn and he took us through the multitude of characters he's developed throughout the years, all through his personal experience through life situations. Shawn also expressed his views on stereotyping, common in this field of comedy, and why there's truth to it. Shawn also discussed how channeling a negative moment in your life can really lead to positive outcomes in the future. From childhood bullying to tough times, Shawn never shied away from creating his content, even through all the criticism and backlash. Join us in another stunning episode with the one and only Shawn Chidiac!
66 minutes | 3 months ago
#25 - Issam Atallah - Purpose seeking as a Gen Y
In Episode 25 of the Nobody's Famous Podcast, we sat down with self-proclaimed philosopher and funny man Issam Atallah. Issam had since left his comfort zone in Abu Dhabi, 14 years ago to pursue his professional career wherever it took him. Whether it was Florida, Singapore, UAE or Lebanon, Issam manages to make every place his home. A podcast like no other, we talked about various topics ranging from creativity, the difficulties of different generations, the tragic events in Lebanon and really what Issam's next steps in life are. Join us an fun and light-hearted show (possibly the best ever) between two high school friends who always find themselves in very different circumstances given their common upbringing.
28 minutes | 5 months ago
Q.S. #6 - Tarek Barada: What's a TCK?
Tarek was born and raised in Abu Dhabi to Lebanese/Palestinian parents and got both his education degrees in Business Administration and Hotel Management & Tourism in the same city. With over 11 years of professional experience, he has excelled in the events industry and specifically marketing B2B and B2C events in the UAE and across the region. A constant seeker to travel, Tarek has travelled to over 20 countries and 3 continents, connecting with people from different backgrounds and cultures, which always played a major role in his self discovery and identification.
20 minutes | 5 months ago
Q.S. #5 - Farah Massoud: It's a Teacher's Life
At the onset of the Pandemic, one would think firstly of the safety of kids and their education. One would think how on Earth are these kids going to live in a safe and healthy environment while still getting the education they need? Enter Farah Massoud. A teacher who not only focuses on the educational needs of her students, but also their overall attitude and personal states during the most difficult Pandemic the world has seen. Farah Massoud teaches students from Grades 8 through 10 who are arguably quite difficult to teach but Farah's experience and adoption to e-learning coupled with her friendly approach to education allows for a different experience. An experience where students can thrive and step out of their comfort zone even in the comfort of their own homes. Join us as we take a new approach on the Nobody's Famous Podcast and discover the world of e-learning with Farah Massoud.
37 minutes | 7 months ago
Q.S. #4 - Amine Najjar: Taking the Leap of Faith in Music
Amine Najjar is a songwriter from Lebanon who has worked with some of the music industry’s biggest names. The story to create this show was a true back and forth problem, after writing a blog post almost 6 years ago, Ali said it was time for a face to face show which never materialized. But when the Pandemic hit, we had to go with a remote call. Amine has written songs with multi-platinum selling songwriters such as Pam Sheyne who wrote Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a bottle”, William Larrsen who wrote Nico & Vinz’s “Am I wrong” as well as Mohombi & many more. Amine also pitches songs to International artists across the world. Known for his lyrics & catchy melodies; Amine knows exactly what it takes to make a song memorable and ultimately, a hit.
23 minutes | 8 months ago
Q.S. #3 - Jeannette Peyre: Parisian in a Pandemic
A half French, half Colombian, Jeannette Peyre grew up in an international home. She’s a strong 32 year old who’s found a home in Paris in the last 12 years after city-hopping across New York City, Brussels and Geneva. Jeannette works for Caron, a French perfume company founded in 1904, as a Product Manager in the Marketing Division. A company that had already dealt with a pandemic and two World Wars some 100 years ago. Jeannette loves to travel, cook and she’s sincerely passionate about art, architecture and design. Join us as we listen to the wonderful world of Jeannette Peyre.
24 minutes | 8 months ago
Q.S. #2 - Abdallah Halwani: Navigating Beirut in a Chaotic World
Born & raised in Beirut, Abdallah had a passion for building LEGO ever since he was young, which led to him graduating as a Civil Engineer from the American University of Beirut. Graduating in 2010, Abdallah moved to Qatar to work in engineering for 2 years, then decided to change industries & pursue his masters in management degree in Madrid, Spain. After graduating in 2013, Abdallah decided to join the Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry because he always wanted to work in a dynamic & challenging environment. He's been exposed to several roles in supply chain and planning which definitely makes him the Ops guy you want on your team. On a personal level, Abdallah is passionate about sports and has always been a great basketball player. He still picks new hobbies yearly be it skiing, wake boarding, biking, boxing, you name it! Sit back and enjoy this lighthearted episode touching on various topics like the FMCG industry, new hobbies and coping with long distance relationships.
15 minutes | 8 months ago
Q.S. #1 - Rami Hajj Deeb: Quarantine Life in a Spanish Capital
Our first Quarantine Series Video is now live! This series aims to continue discovering the wonderful people of our world. During these difficult times, its beneficial to keep ourselves engaged and open to the world around us and the people experiencing it in different ways than us. Our first guest is Rami Hajj Deeb and here are his own words on who he is... "This is me, Rami Hajj Deeb, in social media lingo, a Lebanese based in Madrid. Grew up in Beirut to a family of four, studied civil engineering at the American University of Beirut and before I knew it I was expatriated, like many of the Lebanese youth, to Doha. Though I'm grateful to what that city offered me, I never felt like I belonged there. I just knew…It was time to trust the magic of new beginnings. I pursued a Masters degree in Madrid with no intentions of staying but here I am 8 years later in the Spanish capital that I now call home. Our homes are not defined by one particular location, but by memories, events, people, and places that span the globe. I'm a strong believer that by going away you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving. Travel early and travel often. Live abroad, if you can. Understand cultures other than your own. As your understanding of other cultures increases your understanding of yourself and your own culture."
25 minutes | a year ago
#13 - Thomas Kreuzer - Fettuccine Alfredo and taking the Podcast to Space
Episode 13 was our final episode to wrap up Season 1. Thomas is a very direct but lighthearted individual who is quite reserved but takes life by the horns. Who knew that 2 men would delve so deeply into their passions about the widely misunderstood Fettucine Alfredo and the crazy idea of doing a podcast in space. Tune in to find out about Thomas Kreuzer, the Italian-German "foodie" who's retirement plan in life depends on the success of our podcast.
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