“Dedication will lead to success.”
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hello, my name is Huda Oftada. I am 33 years old and a mother of two boys.
Tell us about your education.
I have a bachelor degree in business administration from GUST. After graduating, I enrolled in many courses including art history, how to criticize a good painting and the art of drawing.
Tell us about your career journey.
I discovered that I have a passion for art so I am employed in teaching children and adults at Bayt Lothan. In addition, I continue to host workshops and events relating to art history. I have also visited shelters and volunteered in non-profit organizations through giving art classes. To reach my ultimate sense of fulfillment, I serve my mission of spreading art as a career. I am also head of public relations at HZMB.
How do you manage your time? Describe your average day.
My days are usually busy days starting by taking my children to school every morning. I then head to work where I indulge in meeting very interesting people specialized in architecture, design and art. One of the most influential people that transformed my passion into a profession is Mr. Hamed Al-Zubaid, an exceptional experienced architect at HZMB. The remaining hours of my day revolve around spending quality time with my family.
What is your biggest strength?
Dedication and hard work.
Do you have any weaknesses?
I get distracted sometimes.
Have you made any mistakes that have made you stronger?
Allowing negative influences to stop me from following my passion.
What have been the biggest challenges you have faced during your career?
The lack of appreciative target audiences in the region.
How do you stay motivated during challenging time?
By believing in my dream, reviewing my accomplishments and envisioning my future plans.
What do you do to relax?
Painting, working out and listening to music.
What has been your proudest moment so far?
My contribution to women’s rights through the speech that I gave at the National Assembly of Kuwait, two months before announcing the decree that granted Kuwaiti women the right of election.
What is your biggest fear?
Losing my family.
Do you have a favourite quote?
“And that man shall have nothing but what he strives for. And that his striving shall soon be seen.”
AN-NAJEM -juz27, The Holy Quran.
Name one item you can’t do without.
Best advice you have ever taken?
Work hard with good intentions. Also, dedication will lead to success.
Share 3 books on your night stand.
The Yathrib Community.
Divan of hafith Shirazi.
The story of art.
In your opinion, what are the three keys to success?
Hard work, motivation and dedication.
What is next for you?
Having an academy for art.
What advice would you give to young women starting out their career?
Don’t let anything drag you down. Time management and hard work are the key to success. Nothing can stop you but you.
How does it feel to be CP Woman of Substance?
Humbled and honored.
Your message for the team at CP Magazine:
Keep up the great work!