my name is Leila Antakly and I created this platform in 2008 mainly because I am a very curious person and I wanted to ask interesting creative people what fuels their imagination. so i started interviewing Friends in different fields- mostly music, art, fashion and photography. I never wanted to call it a blog, (i’m not a fan of the term) but i’m proud its grown into a resource of creative content slowly but organically.
I am half Syrian half Colombian, but consider New York City home. I studied Visual Media, Film and Communications at american university, and italian studies at georgetown. At 16 I got my first job as Director’s assistant for an hbo James Dean biopic in L.A..
After graduating I moved to NYC and worked as Editor’s Assistant at Vogue Italia. i produced some iconic shoots and covers with the world's leading photographers, models, stylists and designers. I had the opportunity to work with L’Uomo Vogue and was part of the 30th anniversary which has been a career highlight. Later I partnered up with a Visual artist and we produced several documentaries. at the chelsea hotel, in NY, LAs Vegas, and Death valley California. Later I was associate producer on a National lampoon Comedy starring Paris Hilton, Sofia Vergara, Eugenio Derbez, and Simon Rex - (it probably has the WORST RATINGS ON ROTTEN TOMATOES,). We had four hurricanes during production.-but still a unique learning experience to say the least.
after a very brief stint in finance, I decided to go for my Master's in Fashion, Design and Experience at Bocconi University in Milan. most recently I ran model agency, Wilhelmina Dubai for five years. what i am most proud of though, so far is having the opportunity to volunteer in cambodia working with children, teaching english and film and raising awareness to this wonderful non profit called Azizas Place,
I’m always on the look out for interesting and inspiring talent to interview, so if you are a creative and would like to be featured, pls send me an email with your portfolio and pls follow us on ig,