Interview with Lamha Latheef (@lamha.latheef)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I do not have a specific story that led me to this career path but growing up in a household filled with exuberant family members I grew up with a love for the entertainment industry and started making home videos on a small handy cam of me singing, dancing and hosting resulted in me singing in school competitions at the age of six which led to me having a crippling effect in pursuing the entertainment industry.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

There are many stories that contribute to this but the highlight of my journey which brought me to this career path would be my experience hosting Maldivian Idol season 2. I auditioned for the position without having any expectations, but my passion and drive. It was a nerve-wracking start during the audition process as I had been a newcomer and not an established name in the industry as a tv host and having to showcase my talent to the directors of Fremantle media in person.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

If I was to give any tips to my colleagues on thriving in the industry, firstly it would be, being true to yourself, and honest and transparent with your viewers. secondly, try not to get the fame get into your head and be humble in whatever you do, especially when interacting with fans. and lastly to never stop challenging and expanding your creative skills in the industry. As just like any other profession or industry, facing burnouts is inevitable, however, may take or my tip on handling burnouts would be, to really give time for yourself, by finding something that you enjoy doing outside the profession, such as meditating, reading a book, or do some physical activities, personally for me, I prefer to get away from home and spend time traveling at least twice a year, in order to avoid burnouts. 

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? 

Just like many, my family and husband have been constantly supporting figures in my entire journey. however, if I was to name someone who I am very grateful to, it would be Mohamed Abdul Ghanee, also known to the public as Theyravaa. We met at the auditions for Ehandhaanugaa Retro in 2011 where he was one of the judges – he helped me with vocal training and introduced me to many locally well-known artists and producers, which honestly helped me to get to where I am right now.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

Although I’ve not been able to give back to the world, me coming from a small island state I have performed in a lot of charity shows and fundraising events in not only Male’ but a lot of other local islands and resorts to give back to my country.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

There are many quotes I am inspired from, but this one stands out the most- “You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough — Mae West” Me being a dedicated and highly enthusiastic young person, this quote relates to my life as I always work really hard and give my 100% in everything I do, thinking its always the first and last chance you get. 

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

IG: lamha.latheef and twitter: lamha_latheef

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