Interview with Hammy Hassan (@hammy_in_dubai)
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Bring a freelance model and full-time Guest relations executive; I have struggled a little bit with time; I’m working a 10hours shift and have one day off, and this day is the only chance I have for modelling; I have loved modelling since I was young, I started modelling for my mom’s collection, and I’m so proud to be part of Miss Univers UAE, I was among the participants who managed to get top 50
Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
As guest relations executive, there’s always something interesting. You deal with all kinds of people, rude guests and polite ones. You might encounter a very rude guest but stay calm, luckily I have all the patience in this world, so I manage this position quite well; on the other hand, being a model, sometimes you get a good contract for a shoot or a runway whereby it’s overpaid, and those are the days you live for, There was a time I had a show in Soho Garden, UAE, a lady started shouting in the middle of my runway show, that’s Hammy_in_dubai I know her, And I was laughing in the middle of the show and realized “damn hammy” stop:) it was so funny
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?
As a guest relations executive, the tip is always to smile, be friendly with the guest and always remember their faces. If you could place their names as well, they would highly appreciate it,
In modelling, it’s all about connections. You need to be everywhere and anywhere at all times, don’t be an introvert! Go out and meet people!
None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a person you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
When I came to Dubai in 2018, I was pretty introverted and wanted to go back to Kenya just after joining my former company as a waitress; this was not what I’m used to; however, my Manager Andreja Nikic and His assistant Peter Hany did not lose hope in me, They encouraged me all the for four years till I became the HEAD OF HOSTESS and I was running the reception desk with minimal managerial assistance.
Modelling a very famous model named Channel Ayan, who will soon be Dubai’s Number one housewife, encouraged me to stop being an introvert; thanks to her, I was able to participate in a few shows that paid relatively healthy here in the UAE.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
Yes, my aim to come to Dubai was to help as many orphans as I could back in Kenya, When I came to Dubai, I sent my sister money monthly, and she would go to the orphanage and gift them with clothes and food. This made them happy a lot.
My goal is always to put a smile on other people’s faces, and this makes me happy.
Do you have a favourite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
No regrets in life, just lessons learned happened to be my favourite quote
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Please reach me on Instagram at Hammy_in_dubai
Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?
I want to share a short story about myself. I want to do this to show people that life will always throw curveballs but what truly matters is you fight through it! Things will get better sooner or later. You are worth it for the children out there who don’t think they aren’t worth it because of bullies or family issues! Every life matters, and it might not seem like it, but you are destined for something great! I have had a rough life and have thought multiple times that it would never get better. As I get older, I realize that my struggle makes me who I am. I am a stronger person because I went through and still go through. I will only get stronger from the struggles and curveballs, and even though sometimes it’s not easy to ignore