The Heroine’s Journey of Marjan Samie

What is the best thing that I love about my work? 

Being an Artist allows me to have my own personality. I understand the meaning of “creation” better when I paint or do other works of art. Through it, I can act like a writer, director, critic, fighter or any other character. 

What is my idea of happiness? 

My idea is a picture of my family and myself walking in a forest and beautiful nature, while we are listening to the music of nature and inhaling the fresh air. A world free of any tensions and annoying news. 

What is my greatest fear? 

It is a horrible picture of the destruction of the world due to the political profiteering and power-seeking of politicians. War, to show the power at the cost of killing people and destroying the beauties of nature.  

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? 

To be honest, I am very sensitive and this sensitive spirit sometimes bothers me. 

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? 

It is very difficult to answer this question and name all artists. I admire all the artists who struggle with the hardships of life to make their voices heard around the world. Artists who try to serve people and world through their art. 

What is my greatest extravagance? 
Unfortunately, I sometimes make time for people who are not willing to accept anything other than their opinions. For people who are stubborn and narrow-minded. This is really annoying. 

On what occasion would I lie? 

I know lying is not good. Because a lie will be the basis for next lies. But, if I have to lie, I avoid answering as much as I can. I start with ambiguous answers to deflect the topic of discussion so that the person stops asking questions. 

If I do not succeed and the person continues to ask questions, I will lie to let the person to understand my lie.  

The subject matter and circumstances or occasion are no different to me. 

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? 

It is very difficult that your efforts to be in vain or to be rejected by some people for no reason. It is also very sad to be called as an artist or someone who only paints. It is not interesting to hear this sentence: “the painter does not do anything special.”. Unfortunately it sometimes happens and I dislike it. 

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? 
The starting point of my movement, the moment I decided to change my path forever. 

My happiest moment goes back to 10 years ago. When I was moving in a different direction from Art. My job could not satisfy me. So, I changed my mind and pursued “Art” and took a step in the direction I always wanted. 

If I could, what would I change about myself? 

Undoubtedly, I would change my sensitivity and taught myself never to spend time with someone who doesn’t care about others opinions. 

What is my greatest achievement in work? 

My First True Smile that I’ve dreamed of for years. It was my greatest achievement. 

Where would I most like to live? 

I like to live in forested and green nature. Where it is not crowded and has few cars. A society away from sad news and events. Somewhere away from any rumors. Where “personality” is valued, not financial position. Where the law does not despise me for being a woman. Where the law speaks of justice. Where man is not God and master. 

What is my most treasured possession? 

My most valuable treasure is a small community of my family and friends. Those who love me for who I am. 

What is my most marked characteristic? 

To be active. As I have heard from my family over the years, this related to my ideas and activities. I believe that nothing should be thrown away. So as much as possible I turn useless things into a practical tool. So, I always have something to do. 

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? 

The moment of sunrise. Every time the day starts and the birds are singing, I think life is beginning again. This moment helps me take deep breath to start my day with new ideas I would like to do. 

What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? 

Actually, I prefer to eat and drink at home while I am dressed comfortably. When I am out of the house, I am attracted to things around me and nature. At that moment I like to look at everything with curiosity just like a curious kid. This makes me not enjoy eating much. 

What books influenced my life and how? 

Undoubtedly historical books. Because in each of them lies the truths of many secrets of life. Mentioning the mistakes and the right ways of the past. They are like a beacon for me. 

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? 

If I have the chance to hear the last music of my life, it would be the music of nature with my Mother’s voice. A music without interfering with the sound of cars, planes and etc. 

With respect to all the composers and singers of the world, for me there is no music as beautiful as the music of nature and no sound as beautiful as the voice of my Mother. 

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? 

I always imagine heroes and heroines those who bring justice to the world with courage. Justice that calls for unity. 

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? 

There are no heroes in my life. Only Heroines and they are my Mother and my grandmother. who tried to make their children satisfy and happy. They did not to let us experience the hardships they experienced in their life. 

Unfortunately, I lost my grandmother but her soul is still with me. 

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? 

Malèna directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. 

What role play stories in my life and work?  

Every story is like a road. It does not matter if the story is told by someone or read somewhere. They show us different paths and different journeys of life. They all let me to improve my character and personality. They help me to implement my decisions better. 

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ to me? 

This gives me a feeling of power. The power that helps me to move forward in a better life. 

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? 

Undoubtedly, my family. Each of my loved ones supports me in some way. 

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2021? 

I would love to work for UNICEF. I also would like to work with Nasrin Sotoudeh. She is a human rights lawyer in Iran. 

Which people in my profession who can make a real difference in my creative career would I love to meet in 2021?  

In my profession I would like to meet great art dealers and introduce my artworks to them. 

What project, in 2021, am I looking forward to work on? 

I am preparing a family illustration book that may take 20 years to be done. A book that refers to two families. I hope that the first page will be done in 2021. 

Where can you see me or my work in 2021?  
This year I am trying to finish the first page of the book I am working on. And it will not be possible for me to show it until the book is completed. But my other art activities can be seen on my website. 

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 

It makes me feel young. Full of hope like an 18-year-old girl, and full of joy and excitement just like a 7-year-old child! 

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?  

I think lawyers and human rights defenders. Those who fight against sexual slavery. 

How can you contact me? 

I thank you for reading my story.  

It is possible to contact me via E-mail, Instagram and Facebook. 







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