Phoenix Flames – The Healer

(Written as part of The Daily Post: Daily Prompt – Can’t Stand Me: What do you find more unbearable: watching a video of yourself, or listening to a recording of your voice? Why?)


(Photograph of Naziyah Mahmood for Caledonia. Photographer: Linda MacPherson)

(For those wondering why my face looks orange (as I’ve been asked a few times!) it’s supposed to be because of the flames! Haha! I’m not an oompa loompa!)

Recently, a lovely friend, Amy Hoff, has produced her wonderful novel, Caledonia, into a full out online series which revolves around a criminal investigation group – Caledonia Interpol (consisting of a variety of mythical creatures from all over the world) who solve crimes in the faerie and human realms. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it!?

Through it, she wanted to show the diversity of the Scottish city of Glasgow, and it’s many faces and races; so she decided she also wanted to cast a strong Muslim female character too, and apparently got in touch with me!
(Not that I consider myself strong!)
The first season of the series is already released, but my two short scenes would only be for the second season (due to my time restrictions).

Mythical creatures from all over the globe, and all sorts of folklore, are used in order to beautifully portray the cultural diversities in the World.

Most of the main type of creature roles were already taken when I was asked to help out; vampires, selkies, angels, mermen, werewolves, gumiho, Robert Burns (though he isn’t very mythical!), and so she asked me what creature I wanted to be.

Taking into consideration that she wanted creatures from all continents and cultures, and that I have an Arabic lineage, I told her one of my favourite mythical creatures – The Phoenix.
Long story short, let’s just say that the Phoenix has somewhat become my ‘totem’, and has been a prominent part of my life for many years.

The character, whose background story is still being developed by the director, during her initial reveal became more and more like me in some ways, and as such means a lot to me.

Her name is Nour (which is the same as my middle name – Noor) and she is a Phoenix and healer.

The role is a small one, but is important to the story.
Unfortunately, although offered a longer role, I couldn’t be in more than I have as I don’t have much free time to help out nowadays. However, I might appear again, in short scenes, in the future if I get enough time to help out again.

Now, in regards to what is asked in the prompt (don’t worry, it’ll tie in!)
Personally, I’m never very fond of seeing myself in video or hearing my voice through it! Do you ever feel that you sound and look like a completely different person too?

‘I don’t look like that, do I?!’

Well, during the filming of my two short scenes in this series, I was actually feeling quite ill and had been rushing back and forth a lot (also, my mum had just come out of hospital and needed me there to take care of her).
I just hope the illness or fatigue won’t show in the actual clips, but then again, when am I not ill or tired!? Haha!
I just don’t want to bring down the rest of the cast and story with a performance that isn’t up to scratch.
It hasn’t been released yet, but I’ll only know when it’s out – eek!

As opposed to the first season which was much simpler in its design and filming, this upcoming second season will apparently be using more professional filming techniques and special effects!

Well, at least I didn’t fall over, for once, on set! Looking on the positive side!

Luckily it’s only two short scenes, so I won’t need to cringe for too long at my clip or my voice!

Naziyah Phoenix Close
(I’m not really a ‘selfie’ kind of person, but this was the ‘human’ me as I rushed off to the set! I am part human too… on some days!)


14 thoughts on “Phoenix Flames – The Healer

    • Haha, thank you!

      It isn’t anything major, just two small rushed scenes my friend asked me to help out with. I was doing everything last minute so it’s all in the air 🙂

      • Still feeling proud of you.. 😀 I have read a lot about the celebrities and they say .. emm i hand’t thought of becoming an actress.. it was just an accident that I became an actress.. I had to be a doctor.. 😉

      • Haha! I doubt I’ll be pursuing a career in acting after this (not enough time and too much to do!) Though I’m sure it would be a fun experience!

  1. LOVE Scotland!!!!!!!!!! and it’s history. Gonna buy a house on outskirts of Aberdeen soon enough…hey did you Caladenoia was a song by Albanaach ? Oh also mashallaha nice pic 😉

    • Scotland is amazing!!! The Highlands are just phenomenal!

      I take it you’re Scottish too?
      Sorry, I can’t see any blog or profile connected to your name, so I’m unsure 🙂

      Haha, cool! I didn’t know that!
      We have some amazing drumming bands throughout Scotland – I always get so caught up in it!
      There’s one local drumming group that play on the town center streets, who also have a bag-pipe player, and as soon as they start you’re just transported to the days of the Scottish clans and Highland peaks!

      Can’t help but bounce around to it when it starts! Haha!

      Oh, JazakAllah ^-^
      I take it you are also Muslim?

      • God Be Praised! By God’s Grace I’m a Believer from across the pond.
        I can’t wait to open my fast one day with a dish o haggis…

      • Well, my brother from another mother! I would like to wish you a wonderful and blessed month of fasting! 🙂

        May The Almighty always keep you happy and safe!

        P.S…. trust me, you would’t want to open it with haggis… Haha!!

  2. What a fun experience–though I think it’d find the experience itself might be more fun than watching it! ^.^ I enjoy watching some of my stage roles that I worked very hard on and enjoyed getting into the characters for, but I can’t stand seeing recordings of, say, news appearances or interviews made on the spot. At least if you’re a character you can see yourself as the character, but when it’s just you, that’s just you: recorded and exposed, vulnerable and awkward!

    • Haha, I understand what you mean!!!

      As much as I love the character (as she has a lot of my own likes and interests), I am already cringing of the thought of seeing myself in video!
      It was a quick, rough, last minute thing!

      The first season might not seem to be a full on Hollywood style professional filming to some, and resembles more of a final year uni student project I guess, but from what I’m told the second season is going to be all out and much more advanced in it’s techniques!! Heehe!

      I only really helped out because my friend, the director, offered me a spot, but I am by no means a professional actor. However, I understand how important it is for those who take acting very seriously, and as such applaud their work and determination 🙂

      It was indeed a fun experience though, and it was a privilege to have helped out 🙂

    • The episode won’t be up yet and I haven’t seen it yet (I think it’ll be up in the next few months at some point). I’m only in episodes 2 and 10 of the second season, but the entire story is so wonderful 🙂

      Will let you know when they’re up!

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