Being a Young Art Writer - Idriss Assoumanou

I never saw myself as a writer; coming to England from a different country I never had the advantage in language. Writing, to me, was always going to be a weakness. But as I sit here, ironically writing this while eating my bowl of granola, I look back at my first year at Voice and think of how excited I felt after writing my first how to guide.

Being a Young Art Writer - Idriss Assoumanou

As a creative, you process so many ideas and theories through your head that you sometimes forget to write them down, but writing gave me an opportunity to express those ideas in my own way. It became a good practice and the more I wrote the better I got in my English.

Being here for 15 year you'd think I would have grasped the literature but that isn't the case. Being a young art writer means that I can be creative with what I say and how I say it - there is no restriction on my thoughts, apart from being PC of course! My experiences may differ to everyone else; I enjoy the travelling and researching part of being a writer. Seeing different things is important for a young person like me, to gain experience and learn in different surroundings. The opportunities provided by writing gave me different perspectives on things, and how they are seen or even valued.

Being a young writer I'm conscious of my own words and their implications. We're always hoping our views are valued and accepted, and that we gain respect from the readers and our peers. By writing, we situate ourselves in a position of uncertainty and anxiety, waiting on judgement from the silent readers who decide on whether it deserves the thumbs up or thumbs down, and whether to leave a comment below.

I don't think I'm being overdramatic when I say that the value of a young writer words matters just as much as passing a maths exam. Confidence and experience are valuable in this sector. For those who aspire to be the next Shakespeare or Stephen King - to be more realistic – gaining respect in that sense means a lot.

As a Voice reporter I've gained that respect and confidence in writing and expressing my views. As I said, I never saw myself as a writer, but writing for Voice was an amazing opportunity I'm grateful to have had. I still have much to learn, but if you've read my work in the pass you'll see I've slightly improved. As they say, practice makes perfect!

Photo by Shaun Gordon


Idriss Assoumanou

Idriss Assoumanou Contributor

Idriss is a Film Maker and photographer based in Birmingham. He has directed and produced many films over the years and has mentored a lot of people on their first journey into film making. He likes to write articles based on art and creativity, like his industry 'how to…' guides, where he explains and shares his experiences in film making and other areas. He also films and edits professional showreel scenes for actors to add to their portofio.

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  • Bhavesh Jadva

    On 5 September 2016, 14:09 Bhavesh Jadva Voice Team commented:

    Yassss Idriss! What a nice way to describe the work of an arts writer. Perfect blog post.

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