We had the good fortune of connecting with Nagham Wehbe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nagham, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
The idea behind the “Creators Connect” was to support creators in producing their projects through matching them with a team and providing guidance, education, and finance along the way. I have always enjoyed the process of collaborating with different groups of people on creative projects such as plays, videos, dance, and music concerts. There are so many talented people with great ideas that don’t know where or how to start. That is how Creators Connect came about: a platform designed to connect creators together to share ideas, evolve stories, and bring them to life. However, it grew to include anyone who has a message or a story to share, business or personal. Our mission is to bring those stories to life regardless of the format: book, stage, video, concert, or conference. We create and tell stories that serve, inspire, and make a difference.
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. Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about.
I am a media/audience researcher and strategist, coach, and storyteller. I received my master’s degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California and my bachelor’s degree in Radio, Television, and Film from California State University, Fullerton.
As a researcher, I utilize qualitative and quantitative data to provide audience insights and strategy recommendations. As a coach, I work with clients on creative goal-planning and execution. I also facilitate creative workshops and events (writing circles, panels, story-telling workshops).
As a storyteller, my recent production was the play “Confessions of an Arab Woman” adapted to the stage from award winning author Joumana Haddad’s memoir. The play won the Encore Producers’ Award and was extended by the Hollywood Fringe Festival. My second adaptation of Joumana Haddad’s new book, “The Seamstress’ Daughter,” is scheduled to open soon once theaters open again. I also direct cultural shows at various programs with organizations and educational institutions.
I advocate for diversity and representation in all aspects of my work. I am passionate about media, theater, arts, and culture. I believe in collaborations and that giving is the key ingredient of living.
How did you get to where you are today professionally?
By taking on opportunities, having a beginner’s mind, and always taking the time to reflect and learn from my experience no matter how small or big they are. Was it easy? Maybe not easy all the time but fun and worth every minute of hard work. There so much learnings and growth when you give your all to anything you take on.
What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way?
To be patient with myself and let go of perfection. To be kind no matter what role I am taking on and always do the best I can.
What do you want the world to know about you and “Creators Connect”?
I believe everyone has a story worth sharing, and that owning and telling our stories is another way to heal and help us see beyond our differences. I want Creators Connect to be known as a safe place that empowers people to share their stories.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Since there’s so much to see here in Los Angeles, I’d probably start with a place where you could see it all first. Griffith Observatory would probably be the first stop. From there, go down Hollywood Blvd and check out some of the stars on the Walk of Fame. Since that area is filled with small community theaters everywhere, check out a play or two. Then, continue west towards the Santa Monica promenade, catch some street performers, and make it to the beach just about time to see the sunset. Lastly, find an In-n-Out and try “Animal” style everything. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to my family, friends, teachers, and mentors… you know who you are. I am thankful to everyone who has been part of my journey, personally and professionally. Everyone played a role in my success so far. Most importantly, shout out to those who believe in me and support me.