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Rising Stars: Meet Mohamed Sahid

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mohamed Sahid.

Hi Mohamed, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My journey has been a constant learning experience – I am a first-generation American artist, designer, and writer born to Somali immigrants. Living in California – I always had an affinity and need for stimuli as a child – both visually and sonically. Somalia is known as a nation of poets and we are a people with a strong oral tradition. Great stories and storytelling have always been my preferred way of learning. I think a combination of those things led to my interest in the arts and creating products.

I began by experimenting around with design programs I downloaded as a kid – that led me down a rabbit hole of actually educating myself on what was going on around me – not only locally but also on a global scale. Working in entertainment early in my career allowed me to create worlds that would be viewed/consumed by a large group of people – whether just viewing a work, listening, or wearing merchandise. Those early experiences have informed our approach towards current and future projects, as well as incorporating a sense of community in everything we do.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
There have definitely been plenty of learning moments and experiences; however, all in all, the road has been smooth. As someone who loves to focus on the smallest details, zooming out and focusing on the big picture is something, I’m learning to be better at.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a creative entrepreneur working mainly within the design and spatial disciplines. I specialize in working with artists and brands to help them tell an authentic story – whether that be through product, a visual experience, or just general strategy. I am most proud of forging genuine relationships and a circle of collaborators whom I admire and also respect. My approach to work, and life in general, is highly collaborative and samples a bit of everything. Every interaction/conversation, etc., is an opportunity to include a new perspective in whatever you are doing, creative or not – I think that’s one small thing that sets me apart.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love San Diego. Growing up in Point Loma, it was very peaceful and inflow. I admire the spirit and general attitude of the people here. I dislike how disconnected and separated the city is by design. It’s difficult for creatives and just youth, in general, to connect when they are 20-30 mins away from any given part of the city.

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Photograph by Tariq Johnson

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