Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
When I was 15, I was cast for a role in a Mirinda commercial. I absolutely loved it, and I did the best I could. Shortly after that, I was asked to cast for several others, and I ended up becoming an actor in advertisements. My love for the media world grew tremendously, 4 years later, I was doing an internship at one of the biggest TV stations in the country and at the end of it I found out about a hosting opportunity. I literally slid my way through an immensely difficult casting and two weeks after that I got a call with the good news! Now I have been a TV presenter for 6+ years!
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
Our show is a live program, 1 hour and half long. One day I was presenting an episode with one of my co-hosts and a few minutes after starting, he started getting a serious nose bleed. When I pointed it out with hand signals, the director immediately shifted all cameras on me so my co-host could leave the studio. Each one of us had content prepared separately, so I couldn’t know what he had to present. We took an early commercial break and I could say it was the craziest 3 minutes in my life. I had to prepare his content as well as mine because he was not coming back. I ended up pulling the whole episode by myself and after that day, I was trusted with a lot more content & TV exposure. It was a defining moment in my career.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
The media business is like swimming in a piranha tank every day. There are two big tips I would recommend: The first, it’s very important to keep your skin rock solid, meaning not be affected with what others might say about your work because everyone is trying to take someone else’s spotlight. The second, is to be as honest as you can, the more truth there is to your work, the better your position will be looking for the next element you need to improve.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I owe this answer to my parents. It may sound like the cliche thing to say, but not all parents are open to the idea of their children being part of the creative world and would rather see them in a more conservative environment. My parents saw the love I had for this field, the amount of effort I put into it and the nights I didn’t sleep building on the better version of my character. They supported me with all they had, yet most importantly they were proud of me and that’s a feeling I wouldn’t trade for the world!
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I’m constantly looking, attending and promoting charity events that could use the exposure to get closer to completing their yearly missions. I might not be able to give out enough financial support, yet by raising awareness through my platform we yielded great results.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
My favorite “Life Lesson Quote” is one I came up with. “I might have erased time just by seeing things in black & white. It only came back when I’ve figured out the spectrum” This quote means that I used to see life in two possibilities only (Right or wrong), yet later on I realized that there is a whole spectrum of “colors” meaning outcomes that could dramatically change the way I take decisions in my life.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
My instagram is: Mohamadsammak, my facebook is: Mohamad.sammak & my linkedin is: Mohamad Sammak