Episode 283 THE NEXT LEVEL: ZAINAB ALSALIH discusses ABI MATESUN, Emmy-Winning Cinematographer, Filmmaker, Photographer & Speaker

“Success is not about the destination, but rather the journey.” Listen as Andy and his guest, Zainab Alsalih, Founder and Managing Director of Carousel Events, a bespoke event design and wedding planning company based in Dubai, discuss the way Abi sees and photographs a wedding, his need to find the love-story with his clients and the importance of good visuals plus much more on this episode of The Next Level. 

Abi is the Founder and CEO of Malekfoto Films and Malekfoto Weddings. Abi is a two-time Emmy-winning cinematographer, filmmaker, photographer, public speaker, and two time Telly Award winner. His wedding visuals have attracted over 60 million viewers around the world.

Zainab shares how attuned to his couple’s love story that Abi always is, the way he is involved through the whole process, and why knowing how the planners are designing the decor and lighting, for the event, helps give him the best visuals. They also speak about his use of storyboarding when preparing to shoot an event.

Listen, as Zainab and Andy speak about Abi’s definition of success and how he believes that it’s not just about the wedding day itself but also about the journey to the event that’s important.  Abi is very dedicated to telling each couple’s love story through photographs and film. He thinks of each event like a cinematographer, with the couples as the stars and the guests as the supporting cast. 

Don’t forget to listen to Andy’s new podcast, The Music Makers. It’s a podcast about behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most influential music industry pros around including artists, recording engineers, record producers, songwriters, managers, record industry executives, and more. You can find The Music Makers podcast by searching for it in your cell phone’s podcast app or by going to www.themusicmakers.com

 

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Show Highlights:

[01:06] Welcome to the show, Zainab!

[02:04] Zainab discusses how Abi views a wedding when he is filming.

[03:14] Zainab shares that Abi is quite attuned to the love story between his couples.

[04:25] She likes how Abi gets to know his couples, how it will be designed, decorated, and the lighting, so he knows how he will portray the event.

[06:07] Abi likes to storyboard a wedding, which is something neither Andy nor Abi has seen before.

[09:51] Visuals are extremely important in today’s world, when people go to social media to find you.

[10:43] Zainab discusses Abi’s definition of success.

[11:42] “It’s really not about the wedding day itself as much as the journey to that day.”

[12:46] Thank you so much for being on the show!

 

Find Abi:

Malekfoto Weddings

Malekfoto Films

@malekfotoweddings

Instagram | Facebook

Inner Conflict Documentary

 

This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Zainab Al Salih, Founder and Managing Director of Carousel Events

Zainab Al Salih

Carousel Wedding Planner and Event Design

@carousel_weddings_events

Instagram | Pinterest

 

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Episode 282 ABI MATESUN: Emmy-Winning Cinematographer, Filmmaker, Photographer & Speaker

“Everything you see in life that has impacted the world in any form or way started as a dream.” Listen as Andy and his guest Abi Matesun discuss what Abi means by this statement, why he left Nigeria, how he started in photography and the transition into film, and much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Abi is the Founder and CEO of Malekfoto Films and Malekfoto Weddings. Abi is a two time Emmy-winning cinematographer, filmmaker, photographer, public speaker, and two time Telly Award winner. Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Abi studied Management and Information Systems at the University of Texas.  

“Catching all the moments between the moments.” Listen as Abi tells the story of how he films weddings, and his process when he meets with the couple for the first time. He and his team then do a storyboard so they can make life easier for the wedding planner. He says they want to be like a special forces team. Their footprint is very small, but their impact is unforgettable.

Abi speaks about the story behind his documentary Inner Conflict, the love story Fire and Ice, that he filmed in Iceland, and how important the music is to his work. Abi also speaks about how he handles the business and artistic side of his business and how the pandemic is affecting him both personally and professionally. 

“Success is doing better tomorrow than you did today.” Abi is so insightful and passionate about his life and his work, and the way he views his art is so different from anyone else you will ever meet. Take the time to listen to the brilliance of Abi Matesun.

We are all experiencing quite a bit of stress and other issues during this pandemic. Andy has put together a list of the top ten tips for dealing with stress, which he has compiled from interviews with icons of the wedding and event industry. If you would like a copy, go to www.theweddingbiz.com/toptips.

 

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Show Highlights:

Show Highlights:

[02:39] Welcome to the show, Abi!

[04:14] Abi discusses the educational system in Nigeria and why he went to school for Quantity Surveying.

[05:40] Abi shares how he ended up moving to the United States.

[07:38] What was your impression of the United States when you arrived?

[09:30] Abi speaks about the photography company he started while in college.

[11:17] Abi discusses the transition from photography to cinematography.

[13:50] He shares a wedding for his friend that became the catalyst for Malekfoto Weddings.

[16:00] Abi explains the story behind how he shoots weddings.

[16:54] Listen as Abi speaks about his process when he first meets with a couple.

[18:32] Abi shares a story about one of his favorite weddings.

[20:46] Do you storyboard with your team for a wedding?

[22:47] Abi discusses his documentary, Inner Conflict.

[24:06] Listen as Abi shares the story behind his film, Fire and Ice.

[25:59] How much thought do you give to the music in your films?

[28:19] Abi speaks about how he views the difference between business and art.

[30:24] Abi shares what his topics are at his speaking engagements.

[31:38] How is the pandemic affecting you personally and professionally?

[33:51] Abi gives some advice for professional cinematographers or filmmakers that want to get to another level.

[35:18] Abi shares what success means for him.

[37:23] Thank you for being on the show!

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Abi:

Malekfoto Weddings

Malekfoto Films

@malekfotoweddings

Instagram | Facebook

Inner Conflict Documentary

Alicia & Dan Vimeo

Danique & Henry Vimeo

Halima & Habeeb Vimeo

 

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Episode 281 THE NEXT LEVEL: CARRIE GOLDBERG discusses ZAMEER KASSAM, Designing Fine Jewelry and Telling Love Stories

“Designing jewelry is all about family and connecting emotionally.” Listen as Andy and his guest Carrie Goldberg, the Travel and Weddings Director at Harpers Bazaar, discuss Zameer’s refugee family upbringing, his ability to create an experience when he designs jewelry, how he comes up with ideas for engagement rings and much more on this episode of The Next Level. 

Zameer is the Founder and CEO of Zameer Kassam Fine Jewelry. In 2018, Zameer designed the Times Up ring worn by Ashley Judd at the Oscars and, later that year, the cast of Crazy Rich Asians wore Zameer’s designs at the global premiere in Singapore. Last year, he was commissioned to celebrate the groundbreaking movie, Black Panther, by designing the Wakanda Forever ring worn by its lead actress Lupita Nyong’o throughout the awards season.

Zameer’s passion and enthusiasm for what he does are apparent in the time he puts into his designs. Carrie talks about Zameer’s entrepreneurial spirit, how he can design an engagement ring that is so special between the two people in the relationship, and the jewelry he has designed for celebrities. 

The demand for Zameer’s designs has increased since the beginning of the pandemic. His way of telling a story, with a beautiful piece of jewelry, draws people to him and is what makes his designs the perfect way to capture memories that last a lifetime. Zameer’s approach to design is unique, and the way he tells stories with those designs are one of a kind…you won’t want to miss his story.

Don’t forget to listen to Andy’s new podcast, The Music Makers. It’s a podcast about behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most influential music industry pros around including artists, recording engineers, record producers, songwriters, managers, record industry executives, and more. You can find The Music Makers podcast by searching for it in your cell phone’s podcast app or by going to www.themusicmakers.com

 

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Show Highlights:

Show Highlights:

  • [01:10] Welcome back to the show, Carrie!
  • [02:03] Carrie believes that the fact that Zameer tried to sell Mickey Mouse watches to his classmates at age 11 or 12 showed an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • [04:12] Carrie speaks about Zameer’s ability to make jewelry an experience.
  • [06:03] Carrie discusses how Zameer takes the idea of an engagement ring and makes it special between the two people in the relationship.
  • [08:24] They discuss the jewelry Zameer has designed for celebrities.
  • [09:27] Carrie speaks about Zameer’s passion and enthusiasm for what he does.
  • [10:28] Carrie talks about the jewelry she has worn that Zameer designed.
  • [12:52] They talk about how Zameer’s business hasn’t slowed down during the pandemic.
  • [14:17] Carrie, thank you for being on the show!

 

Find Zameer

Zameer Kassam

@ZameerKassam

Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook

 

This Week’s Guest Co-Host, Carrie Goldberg, Travel and Wedding Director at Harper’s Bazaar

Carrie Goldberg

Email 

@carrielauren

Instagram | Twitter

@harperbazaarus

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Harper’s Bazaar

 

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Episode 280 ZAMEER KASSAM: Designing Fine Jewelry And Telling Love Stories

Zameer Kassam is known for Infusing storytelling with personal history when designing jewelry. Listen as Andy and Zameer discuss the rings he designed for Hasan Minhaj, Ashley Judd, and Lupita Nyong’o. Zameer also talks about his background working in his immigrant family’s jewelry business, why talking to people about their love stories was his favorite part, the passion that led him to design jewelry plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Zameer is the Founder and CEO of Zameer Kassam Fine Jewelry. Zameer continues to be a member of the Rock 100, the 100 fastest growing startups founded by alums of the Harvard Business School. And, in 2015, De Beers group entered a strategic partnership with Zameer Kassam offering exclusive access to their most rare and precious diamonds. 

Zameer is a storyteller, but instead of words, he uses jewelry to tell stories. Listening to the couple’s love stories and designing a ring that encompasses their lives gives him joy. Working with De Beers and using diamonds from the Botswana diamond mines gives him a way to do what he loves but still benefit the country they came from and that is something he feels very passionate about.

“I just brought back thoughtfulness and meaningfulness to something that should be thoughtful and meaningful.” As Zameer speaks about opening a design company, he hated that the jewelry industry was going into the generic mass consumption direction. He believes that when someone buys a ring for the person they love, it should be unique and not the same ring hundreds of others have been given from the same jewelry store.

Zameer shares his process of finding the sweet spot in diamonds where beauty and value are optimized, the thrill of working with celebrities to bring attention to their causes, and how the pandemic is affecting his business and the changes they made to keep production going. Zameer’s story and approach to business is very moving. You don’t want to miss the extraordinary conversation.

The Business of Being Creative is another great show on The Wedding Biz Network with host Sean Low. Sean has taken the creative business advice he shared with accomplished notables such as Preston Bailey, Vicente Wolf, Nate Berkus, Sylvia Weinstock, and many more. He is offering it to you on his new show, so tune in every Tuesday on The Wedding Biz Network.

 

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Show Highlights:

Show Highlights:

[02:47] Welcome to the show, Zameer!

[03:30] Zameer speaks about a ring he designed for Hasan Minhaj.

[05:36] He shares his life, growing up around his family’s jewelry business.

[08:27] Zameer discusses his first job at a consulting company.

[09:13] Listen, as Zameer speaks about his parents being refugees and how that shaped his life.

[12:18] Zameer speaks about telling people’s stories because everyone has a story.

[14:21] Was there a moment where you decided you wanted to follow your passion?

[16:28] Zameer talks about his internship with the De Beers group.

[17:17] He discusses spending his second year, the second semester in Botswana, in the diamond mines.

[19:09] Zameer speaks about opening his own fine jewelry company.

[21:36] He tells a story about a friend asking him to design a ring for the love of his life.

[24:50] “I just brought back thoughtfulness and meaningfulness to something that should be thoughtful and meaningful.”

[26:28] Listen as Zameer shares his process from the first meeting to the finished product.

[28:01] What are some major tradeoffs in the attributes of a diamond?

[30:48] Zameer shares another story of a couple that moved him.

[33:14] Zameer speaks about the high profile design he did for Ashley Judd that celebrated women directors in film.

[36:53] Zameer shares his perspective on the Botswana diamond industry.

[38:54] Are you working on a wedding show that will air on Netflix?

[40:27] Zameer speaks about how the pandemic is affecting his business.

[41:03] He describes all the changes they made to focus on getting the rings done.

[44:35] Zameer shares how everything has slowed down and people are focusing on the important things.

[45:32] Thank you so much for being on the show!

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Zameer

Zameer Kassam

@ZameerKassam

Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook

The New York Times

People Magazine

Vogue

CNBC

 

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