Ahlam Eyada once described herself as ‘serious’. Now claiming to be ‘more fun’ she has joined the CP team as Executive Editor. With a background in politics, a passion for cross-fit and a desire to be Oprah Winfrey, it certainly promises to be interesting!
1. Please introduce yourself to our readers:
I am a Kuwaiti working in the media field, currently a presenter on Kuwait TV and now the Executive Editor for CP Magazine.
2. Tell us about your education:
I completed my Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the Kuwait University as my major and also studied Public Administration as minor.
3. How did you get interested in TV? Tell us about your journey to becoming a TV presenter.
Back in 2005, I trained at AlWatan TV as a news anchor because at that time I had studied, and was in love with, politics. I was a very serious person at that time. I watched only news on the TV and wanted to be a news anchor. However, I was afraid of getting famous at an early age (I was only 17 at that time). After 10 years I once again wanted to work in TV, but in something non-political. A local TV channel approached me and seeing my social media profile thought I could be a good TV host.
4. Have you had any formal training in acting, presenting, public-speaking etc? Do you think it is important?
Yes, I received some training while I was working at AlWatan TV and took several lessons on etiquettes. I believe there is always room for improvement and learning so if you have the opportunity to learn, it is definitely important to improve yourself.
5. Tell us about the first program you presented:
The first show I hosted was a morning show. It was for four hours from 9am to 1pm. It was daily from Sundays to Thursdays for AlMajlis TV. I was on air with them for almost a month but my training with them lasted for almost four months.
6. What were some of the challenges you had to face and how did you overcome them?
I had many challenges. The channel I was working with was of a very serious nature as it was a political channel for the National Assembly. They wanted me to be very serious and didn’t want the host to be humorous at all. We had many restrictions regarding personality. The clothes were not sponsored so it was difficult to find clothes for a daily show. I was a quicker learner than my colleagues and picked it up very fast. All of us working on this channel were young with not much prior experience. I wasn’t at all camera-shy and felt very comfortable. The experience told me that this was what I wanted to be.
7. Who has been your inspiration?
To be honest, I cannot name one specific person. Maybe I just wanted to take my own path and make my own mark.
8. Who do you admire and would like to meet?
I would like the Honor of meeting the Crown Prince of Kuwait.
9. What are some of your other hobbies?
I have many hobbies, such as travelling, fashion, shopping and sports. I used to read a lot about politics, news, religion and history when I was a more serious person but then switched to having more fun!
10. How do you spend your leisure time?
Mostly online shopping and organizing my room, clothes and accessories.
11. What made you so interested in gym and fitness?
My love for sports was not a coincidence; I was always a sports person from a very early age. When I was in kindergarten, my mother introduced me to yoga and I did yoga and gymnastics until I was a teenager. Since then, whilst I no longer do gymnastics, I have always been working out and exercising, even if it was just walking. Recently I discovered cross-fit and I’m loving it! It’s not just exercising; you are moving almost every muscle of your body. It’s great, especially for the women in our culture as we do not move a lot. I feel 1 hour of cross-fit is better than 3 hours of working on yourself just randomly.
12. How often do you go to the gym?
I go five to six times a week. I go very early in the morning and it has inspired lots of people and some of my friends too because, when they wake up in the morning and check my Snapchat and see me in the gym, they get motivated. In fact, some of my friends have joined cross-fit with me.
13. What are you reading at the moment?
At the moment I am reading Mind Set by Carol S. Dweck.
14. What are your plans and dreams for the future?
I would like to do something special during Ramadan and in the near future. I really would like to have my own show on the TV where I get to choose everything. I want to do a talk show but one that is meaningful and pushes boundaries, just like Oprah Winfrey. If you were to ask me who I wish to be like, I would say Oprah Winfrey.
15. What according to you are your 3 keys to success?
I personally think there are no specific keys to success that can apply to everyone. It’s different for each person. For example, I could say education and good looks are the keys but you might see a successful person who doesn’t have good looks or is well educated. In general, I believe anyone can be successful but they have to see what makes them special and explore it further.
16. Your favourite quote?
“What goes around comes around” I love this quote because I thoroughly believe in Karma.On that note, I always say that I believe in four things in life: love, peace, Karma, and music. When I say love, I don’t just mean loving your significant other but loving life in general; loving everything; loving your life, your family and spreading love. When you give love you get love in return. I am very optimistic and try to love everything around me.I also believe that music has a healing power. So people who don’t enjoy music are wasting their time.
17. What type of music do you listen to?
I don’t fix to any specific genre or type of music. I listen to everything. Life is like a salad; you have to mix it up. Every day is different and the music I choose depends on my mood. I love everything – pop, hip-hop, classic, etc.
18. Your message for us at CP magazine:
I would like to thank you for this opportunity and thank you for selecting me as one of your new Executive Editors for the magazine. This is just the beginning for us and I think together we can do great things and have a positive impact on society.