Zakia Abdullah – The Scariest Decision Of My Life Was The Best One I Ever Made

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Today on Tech Sisters Stories we’re excited to have Zakia Abdullah.

Zakia is an award-winning character artist who creates characters and concepts for the game industry. She draws inspiration from her culture, experiences, and curiosity in order to make impactful work. She’s committed to improving ethnic diversity in the games industry and recently served as a judge for BAFTA’s Young Game Designer Awards.

We’re so excited to welcome Zakia as our latest Tech Sister!

Listen to Zakia’s story

Key Lessons from this Episode

  • Imposter syndrome prevented Zakia from being able to accept her calling as an artist for 25 years (10:15)
  • Do your own research and look beyond the first thing you hear. Get advice from people with lived experience and empathy (13:50)
  • Why sharing knowledge and inspiring others is a huge part of what Zakia does (18:00)
  • Zakia’s experiences as a Muslim woman of colour working in the video game industry (23:10)
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Zakia. Jazakallahu Khair! You can see Zakia’s art portfolio on ArtStation and follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter.

If you liked this story, be sure to check our other Tech Sisters Stories and get to know the amazing talent we have in our community.

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