Ahmed received a grant to finance his studies at Regional School of Actors of Cannes and Marseille.
What is your artistic background ?
I have no idea when my artistic journey began, I have no idea when the idea of becoming an actor came to me. All I know is that it took me 25 years to come to terms with the idea. I started with theatre in a public school in Montpellier called the Maritime Company. I trained for three years and had the courage to decide that it was much more than an idea. It became a reality: I wanted to become an actor. I then decided to take the competitive exams to enter a national school, to train and prepare myself for the realities of the profession. I was lucky enough to be accepted at the ERACM (Regional School of Actors of Cannes and Marseille). What a joy, what pride and what a relief to be taken in among such wonderful and talented actors! I try to make the most of every moment there.
How do you see your profession today ?
My outlook is in the process of being developed, I am currently trying to nourish myself, to work on myself and with others, to see shows, to observe the work of the actors on set and on the screen while remaining myself and enriching my fragile artistic cocoon.
How do you see yourself in five years ? In 10 years ?
This question is funny because if you had told me, five years ago, that I would be in France living my dream, I would have laughed and called you crazy. I don't know how I see myself five years from now, but I hope I'll be on a theatre stage, interpreting a text and sharing a real moment with an audience which doesn't speak my language but who still identify with me.
This interview was conducted in 2019
Photo credit: Amandine Besacier