Interview with Daania Sharifi - Founder of Cliché Teen Journal
Interviewer: Hey! What’s your name? Where are you from? Daania: Hello! My name is Daania Sharifi and I am from the United States. Interviewer: How old are you? And which city so you stay in? Daania: I am currently a teen in the Eastern part of America. I don’t live in a city, but more of a suburban area. Although, I do hope to move to the city in the future. Interviewer: When did you begin forming the idea for CLT? And when did it formally get created? Daania: To be quite honest, the whole creative process of creating the Cliché Teen Journal was all done without any planning. It was established January 30th 2019, the same day I came up with the idea of creating it. One day I woke up and was checking submissions I had sent to other journals when I realized, why not start a journal of my own? On that same day, I sat down, created a website, Instagram, Twitter, and much more for the Journal. I emailed a whole bunch of organizations and did a lot of research to ensure I could make the journal as successful as it could be. And that’s all there was to it, at least for the start-up of it. Interviewer: Oh my! That’s so amazing! It’s such an inspiration to teens all across the world to really take charge of their dreams and act on them! Daania: Thank you so much. I believe that teens all across the world can accomplish anything they want, as long as they focus on actually doing it. Interviewer: Why did you choose the name CTJ for your magazine? Daania: I honestly have no idea. As I said, there was no preparation for this. I was just sitting down and creating the site. As I was creating the site, I saw that it said [insert website name]. I knew I wanted it to be a teen journal of some kind. It was weird because Cliché Teen was the first idea that came to my mind, and it stuck because after the idea of naming the journal the Cliché Teen Journal, the mission statement came to me so easily. If we are called the Cliché Teen Journal, our purpose is to break the common “cliché teen” stereotype and replace it with a new one. I must admit though, I was having a difficult time deciding whether “Cliché Teens Journal” sounded better or the “Cliché Teen Journal”. But, I decided to name is Cliché Teen because each teen gets their own spotlight in our Journal at some point.
Interviewer: Nice! You seem to be an extremely spontaneous person
Daania: All of my friends would agree that I am very spontaneous. :) Interviewer: What are some things you like to do in your free time? I’m guessing you love writing and..? Daania: I love photography of course, that’s why I created my photography account (@dsharificaptures). I also am currently finalizing a 75k manuscript I have been writing with one of my closest friends, Samantha Meyers, for three years. It will be published in the following months. I also love theater and acting. A lot of my free time is taken up by theater rehearsals, school work, and the Cliché Teen Journal. However, I do try to snap a couple of shots and edit a couple of pages every now and then. Interviewer: Wow, quite a versatile person! What are some topics that you thing teenagers need to write about? As in, what are some issues that you think are important to be addressed through creative mediums like poetry and photography
Daania: I believe that teens don’t need to be constricted to just global and economic issues. A lot of kids and teens nowadays are growing up too fast that they are missing the most important parts of their childhood. Photography and poetry are a way to let out any emotions someone keeps to themselves in more ways than one. Sometimes, you write and create art for meaning, sometimes you just do it to express yourself. Interviewer: I think it’s so important for teens to learn to vent out their feelings and express themselves rather than being overly mature and bottling it all up. You totally said it right!What are some of your favourite novels/authors? Daania: One of my favorite is Heartless by Marissa Meyers. No doubt. I personally love this book because it completely changes your perspective of how you judge a person’s first impression. The story is about the Queen of Hearts, but before she became evil. It’s such a sad tragedy that makes you weep and understand that first impressions are never accurate. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. My favorite authors are Marissa Meyers, Lauren Oliver, Katie Alender, and many more. Can’t say I have much of a favorite. Interviewer: What are some pieces of advice you would give to budding writers?
Daania: Get motivation. Anyone can write, the only ones that are successful are the ones that are motivated enough to give a lot of effort. Also get inspiration. Inspiration can help you in the long run. You can’t be motivated if you are inspired to write in the long run.
Check out the magazine here: https://xn--clichteen-f4a.weebly.com/
Daania's Instagram: @dsharificaptures