My name is Alan Mehanna, 30, currently residing in Beirut, Lebanon where I teach film in two local universities. After living in America for 13 years, two years ago I moved back to Lebanon to help push the Lebanese film and television industry in the right direction. My life is split in half. I lived half of my life in Lebanon, then the other half in the US. Due to this, I have always wanted to be a bridge between East and West and my work here is part of this lifelong dream. I, now, host a radio show called Script2Screen - which is a new platform for all of the new generation of film/television industry workers, from directors to actors, from writers to producers, etc. The show features weekly guests who will join me to discuss current projects as well as tackle tough topics regarding the state of the industry in Lebanon. The show is available on Apple Podcasts, Anghami, and Youtube. Alongside the show, I write film reviews for a renowned local newspaper, while working on my screenwriting on the side.
Our readers would love to get to know you more Alan. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?
I am a very empathetic human being, and this is due to my loving parents as well as my being a survivor of bullying.
Alan, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Model/Film Maker?
I love film and television - but mostly love storytelling as a whole. I've always loved writing and telling stories, so film and television is the perfect fit.
Who is your inspiration in life Alan? How do you keep inspired?
Both my parents serve as inspiration when it comes to how I live my life, but I also have to say that my faith plays a big part as well. I stay inspired by continuously seeing the beauty in life, as well as reminding myself to look at life with childlike wonder.
We all make mistakes Alan; we wish we could take back. Please tell us about time being a Model/Film Maker; you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
Being a writer makes giving up easy because you are your boss. I would say that letting rejection and negativity affect my drive early on is something that I wish I hadn't allowed happening.
Alan, when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Model/Film Maker, how do you go about prioritising your clients’ needs?
Well, it is all about organisation, time management and working down a priority list.
Please tell us, Alan, about a time you had to be very strategic to meet all your top priorities as a Model/Film Maker?
Since I juggle so many different jobs, it's tough to balance them all out properly, so there are times where I have to truly figure out which needs my attention more and which is more urgent.
Alan, please give us an example of a time when you were able to persuade someone to see things your way at work successfully.
As a teacher, communication with students is key especially when acting as a mentor or advisor. It's always a challenge when trying to bring the student to seeing matters in an objective manner. The key is word choice and the approach.
Alan, please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Model/Film Maker. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share with everyone. What is it and why?
This might sound weird since I've received awards for two short films, as well as my poetry, but my proudest achievement thus far has to be the radio show because it is truly what I envisioned and it is gifting me with amazing conversations and allowing me to get closer to my goal.
Alan, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Creativity is always present in everything I do - from university lectures to the way I write my film reviews. It is always challenging, but the challenge is what makes it fun.
What advice would you give to the people who want to be successful as a Model/Film Maker?*
Being in the film and television industry is hard, but if you are not willing to do what it takes to make it then find a different career.
Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state what type of collaboration you are looking for?
Yes. I would love to collaborate with brands and showcase their lines. I get invited to film premieres, and events all the time and wardrobe is very important!
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