We had the good fortune of connecting with Huda Fahmy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Huda, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Staying positive is what’s helped me succeed. It takes a concentrated effort on my part to moving forward despite setbacks and poor performance. Do it enough times, it becomes habit.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is mainly comic strip/graphic novel illustrations. My art is an extension of my voice and I use it to talk about my life as a visibly Muslim American woman. What I am most proud about my art is its ability to transcend religion and culture to reach a large audience made of every kind of person. I started my journey doodling stick figures and now I’m a twice published author working on my third book. It took a lot of hard work and consistency. At times, it was difficult to balance my life as a new mother, but with my husband’s support we made it work. I learned to balance work with family, but I also learned that investing in my mental health was necessary if I wanted to move forward with anything. I want the world to know that authentic representation matters. Pass the mic and let us tell our stories.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I moved to Texas 9 years ago and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. When friends come to visit, I love taking them to Kemah Boardwalk and Pier 21 in Galveston. The sea water, the food, the breeze, the dolphin sightings! It can’t be beat. Hermann Park is also a must see! I love riding the train and paddle boats.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my husband, my family, and my agent without whom my art would probably never gotten past just doodling in the margins.