Story Of A Writer, And A Fighter!: Asim Altokhais at TEDxRiyadh
Asim Altokhais, an author and screenwriter, who holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and a diploma from the Vancouver Film School. Specialized in screenwriting for movies and series and published 3 books till now.
“TEDxRiyadh presents “Achievement & Positive Disruption”, a full-day event where great people with great ideas come together to share big ideas that benefit the local society. More than 22 speakers from different disciplines and different backgrounds will speak in TEDxRiyadh just to be part of the process of making the society better.” The writer Asim Altokhais was one of the speakers in TEDxRiyadh 2013 to speak about his achievements and the difficulties that he overcame to accomplish his goal and become a professional screenwriter and scenarist.
He was called to Abu Dhabi Festival in 2013 to participate by his short movie in which he earned the reward to have his movie produced with Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation. In 2013, he also published his third book “Alienation”. He mentioned that it was not easy to have it published as he approached around 50 American publication houses, and most of them declined his request. However, after a month, one of the American publication houses was interested in publishing his book, and within 6 months, it was published.
The screenwriter Asim Altokhais graduated from Vancouver Film School in 2011 with honor, but convincing his parents was one of the obstacles he faced. After 6 months, his parents were convinced about his unique career, but his father declared that he would not help him financially.
Moreover, Asim is keen on cars from a young age, and he had the dream to write about them. Hence, he was persistent to go to Riyadh Newspaper everyday for a year to persuade them about his idea, and finally he was accepted to work for unpaid 6 months.
After that, he left the newspaper looking for a bigger dream which is publishing two books, and he overcame the financial obstacle by selling his car. He finally could publish his book and novel (Master of Darkness).
His parents and friends did not believe in his action, and thought that he won’t succeed. However, Asim proved the opposite as he could sell 2000 copies of his novel and he is currently writing 3 parts of it, so people who were against him, they are now encouraging him to continue.
TEDxRiyadh 2013 is one of the most inspirational events in the Kingdom!
TEDxRiyadh presents “Achievement & Positive Disruption”, a full-day event where great people with great ideas come together to share big ideas that benefit the local society. More than 22 speakers from different disciplines and different backgrounds will speak in TEDxRiyadh just to be part of the process of making the society better.
TEDxRiyadh is organized by more than 26 passionate people, and with the help of more than 130 volunteer!
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations).