We had the good fortune of connecting with Sahnah Dhrif and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sahnah, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
I know that everyone has their own journey, but in each path there are trials and tribulations that are there along the way to your destined goal. I believe that those trials are there for a reason. Those of us that believe we are to reach our definition of success and greatness must understand it is not the immediate success that makes us truly great, it is the journey we must find joy in. Ultimately that journey in itself is what teaches us the greatness within us. Personally, giving up has never been an option. There is no teacher in nothingness. I work with myself and spar intellectually with those I respect in their ways of thinking to learn the ways over the humps I face in life. I find beauty in this, and I find none in stopping my journey, so why give up?

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Being a female director trying to climb the ladder and elevate has not been an easy journey. There have been many challenges, but I embrace them all. Each challenge broadens my understanding of the world I am getting into. I would not take back anything. As a woman, I believe you have to work ten times harder to gain the respect of everyone in the room. Often times, people may not be used to being directed by a woman, but it strengthens my spirit to continue forward to one day inspire other women to be relentless in their work and what they believe in. Creating timeless pieces that can influence the world and ignite ones thinking has always been my goal, and I am excited for what’s to come.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I could never have gotten this far without the books, films, and people I have encountered on the way to my goal. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is a great read. I first read the book in my high school years, and later on my good friend Jay Electronica instructed for me to read it again. The Alchemist is a great teacher for me, and I often go back and read the tales of Santiago. Personal Power Through Awareness by Sanaya Roman has been a life changer for me as well, guiding me on how to interact with myself and in turn the world. All of her books are massive light houses for me; I find many gems. After moving to Los Angeles to deepen my understanding of the production world working directly and specifically with Blanksquare Productions, I met Austin McCracken, a talented and genius Director, who has opened a world of knowledge for me. Right now, I would say he is my closest thing to a mentor. McCracken has given me all the support a young director like me could ever ask for. Being side by side on set, during his writing/editing sessions, and just on a day to day has really opened my mind. I am extremely grateful for his mentorship and friendship. I could never thank my parents enough for believing in me and supporting my move from across the country to work in my field. They have always been my biggest cheerleaders.

Image Credits
@domstills – credit for the image of Sahnah Dhrif (first photo)

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