We had the good fortune of connecting with Omaima Doghmi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Omaima, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
Ever since high school, I was always into videography and photography – I absolutely loved being both in front and behind the camera lens. Going through engineering school, I decided to set these creative hobbies aside as I focused on school and throughout this time, I became an avid consumer of YouTube. I also picked up a new hobby in the meantime: drone videography. I learned to fly drones and edit the captured footage. Upon graduation and moving to Arizona for a work opportunity, I realized I had some more free time to re-visit the creative hobbies I once loved. The idea to start a YouTube channel gradually formulated. After a lot of thinking and strategy sessions with myself, I realized I wanted to create content for folks back home in Morocco – this would mean I will have to make content in Moroccan-Arabic. I wanted to share my experiences, day-to-day routines, travels, and happy moments as a Moroccan girl who lived in America. Being born and raised in Chicago would make English my first language and Moroccan-Arabic my second language, and this created a challenge. I took it upon myself to begin to learn how to read and write Arabic at the age of 24 so I can communicate with my audience and focused on expanding my vocabulary. This helped tremendously since I was already pretty much fluent in speaking Moroccan-Arabic. Oh how much I love challenge! 2 months after launching my Youtube Channel and Instagram, I noticed I gained traction on Instagram and YoutTube and for me, that was enough to give me validation to keep going. On a daily basis, I receive a ton of messages and comments with encouraging and beautiful words – it is super refreshing! I am so happy I challenged myself to get out of my comfort zone, put myself out there, and try something new. I am really looking forward to creating some more vlogs and cannot wait to see where this journey will take me!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I studied Mechanical Engineering at Boston University – my road to becoming an engineer was definitely NOT easy. What I did not realize back then was that all of the sleepless nights, countless hours of studying, and challenging myself daily would soon shape my character into one that is not afraid of the unknown and one that loves a challenge. Today, I work in Tech as a Project Manager in Arizona. What I learned as I went through this journey is to keep going through the motions; even if you have just 1% in you, give that 1% because overtime it all adds up. Every piece of effort will lead to something in one shape or form. Stay focused on your goal and it is only a matter of time until you succeed.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love Arizona! I think it’s such a unique state that has much to offer, so let’s go: Day 1:
– Papago Hole in the Rock (quick hike, beautiful views)
– Lunch at the Henry (such a beautiful spot to grab a quick bite)
– English Rose Tea Room (amazing place for Hi Tea; you instantly get transported to the UK)
– Old Town Scottsdale shops (truly an amazing experience to visit local shops)
– Diego Pops (delicious tacos)
– Scottsdale Quarter (one of my favorite places for outdoor shopping and quick bites/coffee)
– Toca Madera (love the ambiance in the evenings here – house music is my favorite!)
– SEDONA (I absolutely love the Arabella Hotel in Sedona)
– Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village (really cool spot for visiting local business and doing some shopping)
– Mariposa (beautiful restaurant with stunning views!)
– GRAND CANYON (who wouldn’t want to visit a wonder of the world with some awesome, breathtaking views!)
– Camelback Mountain (really nice hike with breathtaking views)
– Berdenda’s Coffee (one of my favorite coffee spots)
– Maple & Ash (high energy restaurant with some delicious plates)
– Fly back home!
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?
My family is my NUMBER 1 supporter and I truly, truly would not achieve any of my success without them. I am actually writing this with some tears in my eyes – My Mom, Dad, Sister, and Brother continuously go above and beyond to help motivate, push, and challenge me in ways I could have never imagined. I am so grateful for them.
Sarah Doghmi Ryan Doghmi