Where are they now? with Amerah Saleh

Freelance, spoken word poet, workshop facilitator, and Founder of Creative Superheros talks to Voice about how her career, and how Arts Award aided her development

Where are they now? with Amerah Saleh

What are you up to in your creative work at the moment?

I am a freelance spoken word poet, workshop facilitator, project coordinator and outspoken human rights supporter. I have been on the creative scene for five years and recently founded an interdisciplinary group of flash-mobbers called Creative Superheroes. I aim to inspire and enthuse the younger generation whilst also making the older generation look at the current state of our society and addressing what needs to change. I am a lover of words and wild creativity- with a passion for all things young people, collaboration and a strong belief that creativity rekindles our souls with life.

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What are the highlights of your arts career to date?

I have a few; I have received commissions from Sampad, mac birmingham, Eastern Electronic Festival, TedxBrum, Beatfreeks, Library of Birmingham, REP Theatre and Watford Palace.

My proudest moment is Creative Superheroes because I have helped develop and support young artists in Birmingham, receive paid work and commissions around the West Midlands and beyond. Another would probably be being invited to an audience with Prince William for my work with young people through her innovative workshop programmes.

What do you hope to be doing in five years time?

Probably exactly what I do now but on a larger scale, travelling all around the world to inspire and create work with every human I can come to contact with. I am off to Poland and Amsterdam in the next month and hope to make international connections ready to replicate and make magic.

Which level(s) of Arts Award did you do, and how did you use it to develop your creativity or skills?

I done a gold arts award then went on to become an arts advisor. For me, if I didn't do my arts award I honestly wouldn't be self-employed and on the scene. The journey of my arts award helped me nourish a passion I had kept very timid for a long time. Spending time focusing on an art form I love and challenging myself made me feel confident enough to implement that in my day-to-day life.

What advice would you give to young people doing Arts Award who want to follow in your footsteps?

  • Challenge yourself because you'll know about you and patience.
  • Believe everything people teach you & when you have talks introduce yourself after- make connections
  • Its quality of work not quantity. Don't see 10 shows and under review them, see 3 shows you want to see and over review them.
  • Find your voice, it doesn't matter how you present your arts award, film, blog, website or book. Find your own way to how the best of you.
  • Enjoy it! Its so much fun, talk to the people you're doing arts award group- they can help you; now or in a year.

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