I’ve always believed in living out your dream as if it were a reality, in order to eventually achieve it…So I was naturally delighted to find out that my strategy was mentioned in the book I’m reading: How to get from where you are to where you want to be….Yes, I’ve been reading the same book for weeks…I actually don’t get the chance or free time to read much. Since I spend most of my free time working on “trying to get from where I am to where I want to be”!
Keeping in line of following the book’s advise, and wanting to get my hair trimmed at a salon that happened to be located in the area I am targeting for employment, my plan for yesterday involved spending part of my day (well, most of it, since I didn’t leave the house till around 2) at Dubai Media City.
My first stop was at an uber cool hair salon located in stylish office buildings, that made me feel like I was in London! The salon was on two floors (the top one for ladies), and had large windows with a lovely view of the surrounding garden and modern buildings. The walls had a brick theme, which added to the London feel of the neighborhood.
After my nostalgic hair appointment, I headed to a new Sushi place that I had read about on my secret sources web site, and decided to try their shrimp California rolls. The food was not bad, but the place had a relaxing vibe to it, and made me want to just sit there for the rest of my day, except that it was empty and I knew that I couldn’t afford to waste my valuable time hanging around at a secluded joint in the heart of Dubai Media City.
So, I got up and was considering finding a local Starbucks to try to network with the media crowd. But the place was a bit of a walk and I had to meet my friend who happens to work at the city’s biggest publishing company soon. After asking for directions, I was happy to know that I was just a block away from Dubai’s renowned publishing house.
After a lovely tour at the multistory office with my high-school friend, we sat at the roof terrace and had a chat that was a symbol of what our lives had come to at this stage: we were both going through a lot of challenging times and had no moral support or someone who understands to talk to. Therefore, the conversation we had was a combination of isolated rants on different topics coming from each one of us, which didn’t necessarily follow any rational sequence. The one hour we spent talking flew by so fast and neither of us had a chance to express a mere 10 % of what was going on in her world!
Yes, the dilemma that comes with being single in a city like Dubai. As we said our good-byes, I promised my friend to visit her again soon and continue my stories of trials and tribulations. I guess she doesn’t have an option but to listen, or be stressing about work, as she confessed she was!
Today though, I attended my first proper event in the effort of putting my new strategy into effect: attending events and networking!
It was a fashion and art event in association with one of the biggest publishing company’s fashion titles. My illustrator friend had invited me as a guest, and I couldn’t help but jump at the occasion of being at a magazine-related event. The event involved the shortlisted illustrators drawing a fashion-related sketch of a model and hand bag. Listening to the guest speaker David Downton, who happens to be a visiting teacher at London College of Fashion took me on a trip down memory lane back to the days when I was taking my Fashion Media and Communication course at the same college’s London campus.
My London days will always be memorable to me…but now I am in Dubai, and I must focus on staying in the present moment. With all its great challenges, fears, and endless hardships.
As the event came to an end, I came to know from the presenter that she is an editor at an interior design title from the city’s biggest publishing house. Unfortunately, not having any business cards left in my purse meant that I didn’t have a good way to approach her or present myself. I also had already tried to approach the company’s HR department and individuals many times for the past two years and more, but with no luck.
But when I told my new friend from the event, she offered to give the editor the card that I had given her, and we both went looking for that potential contact, who we later found out had made a quick disappearance from the location. I assured my friend that it’s fine, I am attending another event tomorrow. This time though, I will make sure to carry a stack of business cards in my clutch bag!
I find it strange the way Dubai has become an International city that resembles New York and London, where it is highly challenging to get into the publishing industry or any other industry for that matter.
Mainly because I grew up in the Gulf region, and to me, it was always a laid-back, easy-going place….where we didn’t need to work super hard to get anything in life. Or maybe that was just living in Saudi!
Oh well, it is time for me to sign off now…and go fill my clutch bag with my newly created business cards….