We had the good fortune of connecting with Assaad Yacoub and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Assaad, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor to my success is staying true to myself with my work. Everything I do is something I believe in 100 percent that makes everyone from my camera team to my cast to believe in the project and give me their all. Another factor that played into my success was trusting people you work with not micro managing everything and allow everyone who is working on the project to feel like their voice and creative input is being heard at the end of the day filmmaking is a collaborative art form.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a film and music video director that gives me a lot of freedom to express myself creatively. I’m most proud of my feature film “CHERRY POP” I directed the movie when I was 25 and sold it to NETFLIX. It was not an easy process getting here there are many hours of networking and hustling to get people to beleive in me and my work but I never take no for an answer and my persevered to get what I needed to make my movie happen.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
As an immigrant I always miss food from home so I always take people to PI on sunset its a Lebanese restaurant in West Hollywood, it’s also a great place to connect with other Lebanese people in town. Then I would take them to the bars in who like The Abbey to see a drag show and get connected with the LGBT community of West Hollywood.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are many people I would like to contribute my success to, Bob The Drag Queen is the first name that comes to mind I’ve known Bob for 11 years now and she has supported me took chances on me and pushed me to be the best and I will always be thankful for that. OUTFEST is an organisation that has also impacted me greatly they took a chance on me by screening my first feature “Cherry Pop” and helped get me distribution which landed me a NETFLIX deal. Everyone at OUTFEST have become like family to me. I would also like to contribute my success to my producing partner Alex Lampsos without him by my side producing 90 percent of my work I would definitely not be here today. Lastly I would like to thank my father for his constant support throughout my time in America and always reassuring me when I doubt myself.