Talented writers such as Faizal Eidoo are an integral part of creating a well-rounded team. Faizal was introduced to Sheridan’s Creative Writing and Publishing program while looking for a career that would give him the tools to explore his creativity without restraint. Now in his third year, he’s already helping artrepreneurs thrive in the theatre industry and is getting ready to make Canada’s publishing industry more inclusive.
Canlit & Inclusivity
Faizal desires to make the publishing industry more inclusive. As a person of colour, he hopes to not only bring his perspective to the field. It is his goal to inspire young people to bring their perspective to Canada’s literary community as well. The generation that follows him is just as important as his own emerging role in the industry.
“A poet is essentially just writing one poem their entire life, and each poem they create is imperfect, because if we write the perfect poem, we would stop writing”– Paul Vermeersch
For those beginning their own professional and personal journey, Faizal has one piece of advice: “Never stop reading and never stop writing.” He believes in constant learning and continuous reading to expand his worldview. With a passion for poetry, Faizal shares what inspires him to keep moving through creative slumps: “A poet is essentially just writing one poem their entire life, and each poem they create is imperfect, because if we write the perfect poem, we would stop writing”, words of wisdom spoken by Paul Vermeersch, Professor of Publishing.
Empowering the Creative Industries
Faizal’s mission is a response to his own professional development. As a young creative, he struggled to gain acceptance in his career choice due to the Barista Myth: there is a common understanding that any artistic field comes with no real guarantee of financial stability. Faizal is determined to disprove this misconception. He endeavors to showcase that the creative industries can be as profitable as any ‘traditional’ office job. Breaking down these barriers are essential to making the creative industries more inclusive. Hence, his interest in contributing to the like-minded Creative Humanities.
By improving his creative problem solving skills, his goal is to empower himself in order to tackle any and all challenges. He hopes that his big ideas, experiences, and his professionalism will help turn the wheels towards success for the Creative Humanities’ collaboration with the Toronto Fringe Festival. And he can’t wait to build upon those experiences to transform Canada’s publishing industry.