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#AskAMogul:Hi,I'mSarahHassan.I'manaward-winningAfricanactress&televisionpersonality.Askmeanything!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVE7/20@5pmET.

Sarah Hassan
Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
almost 2 years Los Angeles, CA, United States Conversation

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Hi, I’m Sarah Hassan. I am an award-winning African actress and TV presenter. I loved acting from a small age and started professionally acting after high school. I feel blessed to have held major roles in over seven TV series, five of which aired on Pay TV across multiple African countries. I have been in six films, one of which was a British film that premiered on Channel 4 in the UK. I’ve hosted six TV shows, two of which were aired in over six African countries, two countrywide commercials and MC’D live events for different notable brands in the African Market.

My first TV series, “Tahidi high” saw me scoop the Best Actress Award twice in a row at the CHAT Awards (2010 and 2011) in Kenya. Later, I won the Best Actress Award 2014 thanks to my role in the short film ‘Now That You’re here’, which was part of the 48 Hour Film Project. In October, the next year, my co-host and I, won the Best TV Hosts Award 2015 at the prestigious Kalasha Awards in Kenya for Discovery +254, an entertainment magazine talk show close to my heart that focused on inspiring young people to stay in school, develop their talents and reach their full potential. Not long after that, In December, I won the coveted East African Journalist of The Year Award 2015 in Tanzania for my work on Mashariki Mix and Maisha Max, two amazing lifestyle shows that showcased the beauty of East Africa to the world.

In January 2016, I moved to Los Angeles to attend New York Film Academy. I wanted to learn and understand more about the craft I love doing, as well as grow as an actress and a human being. Leaving my home and comfort zone was hard but I believe just as Brian Tracy said “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”

Aside from that, I am a geek at heart and I hold a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science.

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Thursday, July 20th at 5pm ET.

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  • Chebet Mutai
    almost 2 years ago Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya

    Hey Sarah! We miss you in a kenya but happy that you are representing us to the world! Keep shinning ✨

    Hey Sarah! We miss you in a kenya but happy that you are representing us to the world! Keep shinning ✨

  • Sarah Hassan
    Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
    almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

    Thank you for all your questions!! :-) It's been a pleasure!

    Thank you for all your questions!! :-) It's been a pleasure!

  • tishita
    almost 2 years ago

    what do you miss the most about kenya?

    what do you miss the most about kenya?

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hey @Tishita What i miss most about Kenya is my family, friends, the food and the night life :-)

      Hey @Tishita What i miss most about Kenya is my family, friends, the food and the night life :-)

  • Sarah Hassan
    Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
    almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

    Hello, thanks for taking the time to ask your questions, here we go!! :-)

    Hello, thanks for taking the time to ask your questions, here we go!! :-)

  • Cindylovesyou
    almost 2 years ago

    Hi Sarah! I have to questions: 1.) Have you ever considered singing? 2.) Did you enjoy film projects more or tv projects? Thanks!

    Hi Sarah! I have to questions: 1.) Have you ever considered singing? 2.) Did you enjoy film projects more or tv projects? Thanks!

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi @Cindylovesyou 1) I did consider singing when i was young, but it has always been contained in the house haha. 2) I actually do enjoy both but seeing as i have done more TV projects, i would lean towards TV projects more. 

      Hi @Cindylovesyou 1) I did consider singing when i was young, but it has always been contained in the house haha. 2) I actually do enjoy both but seeing as i have done more TV projects, i would lean towards TV projects more. 

  • heyjessgirl
    almost 2 years ago

    When you're not rehearsing and working, what do you enjoy doing in your downtime?

    When you're not rehearsing and working, what do you enjoy doing in your downtime?

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi @heyjessgirl  I love watching TV but i do enjoy the outdoors-hiking and i love exploring different restaurants as i am a foodie as well. :-)

      Hi @heyjessgirl  I love watching TV but i do enjoy the outdoors-hiking and i love exploring different restaurants as i am a foodie as well. :-)

  • Michelle Wen
    Michelle Wen President of Mogul at Cornell
    almost 2 years ago Ithaca, NY, United States

    Hi Sarah, how often do you travel for shooting shows?

    Hi Sarah, how often do you travel for shooting shows?

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi Michelle, in my previous role as a host for (Mashariki Mix and Maisha Max) two East African Lifestyle shows, i used to travel at least once a month. Currently, I am not travelling as much as I am still finding my feet in the US industry. 

      Hi Michelle, in my previous role as a host for (Mashariki Mix and Maisha Max) two East African Lifestyle shows, i used to travel at least once a month. Currently, I am not travelling as much as I am still finding my feet in the US industry. 

  • Eshang567
    almost 2 years ago

    Who's your inspiration? Are you working on some American projects?

    Who's your inspiration? Are you working on some American projects?

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      I'm currently doing the audition rounds :-) 

      I'm currently doing the audition rounds :-) 

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      My inspiration is Meryl Streep because she is amazing and just keeps going!!

      My inspiration is Meryl Streep because she is amazing and just keeps going!!

  • Emma Simpson
    almost 2 years ago

    Which moment was the most pivotal in your life? Having won so many awards, which one is your best memory?

    Which moment was the most pivotal in your life? Having won so many awards, which one is your best memory?

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi Emma, oh my, all the awards i've won have amazing memories and stories behind them and it would be so difficult to pick one. They all tie for best memory haha. But the most pivotal moment in my life would be when i won my first award. 

      Hi Emma, oh my, all the awards i've won have amazing memories and stories behind them and it would be so difficult to pick one. They all tie for best memory haha. But the most pivotal moment in my life would be when i won my first award. 

  • Madison Sigfield
    almost 2 years ago

    What was one of the challenges you faced as a woman in the industry? And overall socially? I'd be very interested to know the social dynamics in Africa, even though it's comprised of multiple diverse countries.

    What was one of the challenges you faced as a woman in the industry? And overall socially? I'd be very interested to know the social dynamics in Africa, even though it's comprised of multiple diverse countries.

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi Madison, one of the challenges is that sometimes securing a role is not driven by talent or merit, it's driven by the networks/relationships between people which is the case all over the world. 

      Hi Madison, one of the challenges is that sometimes securing a role is not driven by talent or merit, it's driven by the networks/relationships between people which is the case all over the world. 

  • Lily Jiang
    almost 2 years ago

    Is there another dream job you've always wanted to do aside from acting?

    Is there another dream job you've always wanted to do aside from acting?

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi Lily, I am fortunate enough to be living my dream - being an actor and TV Presenter - if there is anything else i would do, it would be producing which still lies in the field of film.

      Hi Lily, I am fortunate enough to be living my dream - being an actor and TV Presenter - if there is anything else i would do, it would be producing which still lies in the field of film.

  • Julie S.
    almost 2 years ago

    Where are your 3 top favorite spots in East Africa? I'm looking to travel there in the fall and would love some suggestions. Thanks!

    Where are your 3 top favorite spots in East Africa? I'm looking to travel there in the fall and would love some suggestions. Thanks!

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hey Julie: 1) Zanzibar - Fantastic beaches and a great historical Town center. 

      2) Nairobi - If you're a fan of a buzzing night life. 
      3) One of the major game parks such as the Mara in Kenya or Serengeti in Tanzania if you fancy game spotting and amazing scenery.

      Hey Julie: 1) Zanzibar - Fantastic beaches and a great historical Town center. 

      2) Nairobi - If you're a fan of a buzzing night life. 
      3) One of the major game parks such as the Mara in Kenya or Serengeti in Tanzania if you fancy game spotting and amazing scenery.

  • June Jensen
    almost 2 years ago

    That's so amazing!!! When you were getting your degree, were you acting also? How were you able to make that work-life balance?

    That's so amazing!!! When you were getting your degree, were you acting also? How were you able to make that work-life balance?

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hey June, yes, I was acting at the same time i was getting my degree. I had to learn how to manage my time in order to be able to get time to read as well as learn my lines. I was also fortunate enough to work with amazing people who gave me the flexibility to be able to do both at the same time.  

      Hey June, yes, I was acting at the same time i was getting my degree. I had to learn how to manage my time in order to be able to get time to read as well as learn my lines. I was also fortunate enough to work with amazing people who gave me the flexibility to be able to do both at the same time.  

  • Eva Gutierrez
    almost 2 years ago

    Welcome to Mogul Sarah! There's always a negative notion of the entertainment industry and the way it operates. Have you had experience with this?

    Welcome to Mogul Sarah! There's always a negative notion of the entertainment industry and the way it operates. Have you had experience with this?

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi Eva, thank you, fortunately, I have not had any experience with that. 

      Hi Eva, thank you, fortunately, I have not had any experience with that. 

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    almost 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Thank you so much for being here! What is your favorite place in the world you've visited or lived? 

    Thank you so much for being here! What is your favorite place in the world you've visited or lived? 

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi Bethany, Thank you for having me. My favorite place in the world that i have visited would have to be Cape Town! Breathtaking scenery, fantastic food and you get to see penguins in Africa :-)

      Hi Bethany, Thank you for having me. My favorite place in the world that i have visited would have to be Cape Town! Breathtaking scenery, fantastic food and you get to see penguins in Africa :-)

  • Gabby B.
    almost 2 years ago

    You're amazing! Breaking away from your comfort zone and studying acting in America. Have you always been into acting? Your debut was listed when you were 19 but have you always had that passion? And what led you to pursue it at a later age? Thank you in advance!

    You're amazing! Breaking away from your comfort zone and studying acting in America. Have you always been into acting? Your debut was listed when you were 19 but have you always had that passion? And what led you to pursue it at a later age? Thank you in advance!

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hey Gabby, Thank you. Yes, i've always been acting, i have been a professional actor/TV Presenter for over 10 years now, and it's been a passion of mine since i was young. 

      Hey Gabby, Thank you. Yes, i've always been acting, i have been a professional actor/TV Presenter for over 10 years now, and it's been a passion of mine since i was young. 

  • Chelsea Brown
    almost 2 years ago

    What is your dream project?

    What is your dream project?

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi Chelsea, wow, my dream project would be working on projects that fairly represent societal diversity such as This Is Us, Orange Is The New Black, Grey's Anatomy just to name a few. 

      Hi Chelsea, wow, my dream project would be working on projects that fairly represent societal diversity such as This Is Us, Orange Is The New Black, Grey's Anatomy just to name a few. 

  • namisha
    namisha Inquisitive, Avid Reader, Food Lover, Amateur Chef, Digital Sensei
    almost 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    what made you study a bachelors in actuarial science? its so different from acting

    what made you study a bachelors in actuarial science? its so different from acting

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      From a young age, I've always been a numbers girl! In High school, aside from drama, I loved Math, Physics and Chemistry. In Kenya, it's an expectation to go to University and pursue a "traditional" degree, and I was fortunate enough to be able to pursue both of my passions at the same time. 

      From a young age, I've always been a numbers girl! In High school, aside from drama, I loved Math, Physics and Chemistry. In Kenya, it's an expectation to go to University and pursue a "traditional" degree, and I was fortunate enough to be able to pursue both of my passions at the same time. 

  • lizbethkariuki
    lizbethkariuki Filmmaker
    almost 2 years ago Kenya

    Hi Sarah, I remember reading you went to study at New York Film Academy, and I am hoping to join next year. Any advice on the application process?

    Hi Sarah, I remember reading you went to study at New York Film Academy, and I am hoping to join next year. Any advice on the application process?

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi Lizbeth, In Order to have a strong application, try and put together a portfolio that showcases your ability to act, this can include short films/ monologues. All the best.

      Hi Lizbeth, In Order to have a strong application, try and put together a portfolio that showcases your ability to act, this can include short films/ monologues. All the best.

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    almost 2 years ago Kenya

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  • Sasha Blemming
    almost 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    What is your favorite part about living and working in Africa!?


    What is your favorite part about living and working in Africa!?


    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi Sasha, My favourite part about living and working in Africa is that there is a wealth of talent and cultural diversity which is amazing.

      Hi Sasha, My favourite part about living and working in Africa is that there is a wealth of talent and cultural diversity which is amazing.

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      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

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    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi Sasha, My favourite part about living and working in Africa is that there is a wealth of talent and cultural diversity which is amazing.

      Hi Sasha, My favourite part about living and working in Africa is that there is a wealth of talent and cultural diversity which is amazing.

  • Malavika Vivek
    Malavika Vivek Executive Director and Co-Founder, Girls Make Apps
    almost 2 years ago Edison, NJ, United States

    What can we do to push for more women of color in leading roles?

    What can we do to push for more women of color in leading roles?

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi Malavika, Personally, what i can do is to continue to work hard and to find opportunities to showcase my talent. 

      Hi Malavika, Personally, what i can do is to continue to work hard and to find opportunities to showcase my talent. 

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    almost 2 years ago

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  • @trishmueni
    almost 2 years ago

    Hi! @sarah Hassan what inspired you to become a TV presenter and actress

    Hi! @sarah Hassan what inspired you to become a TV presenter and actress

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi @trishmueni i have always been a performer from a very young age and as i grew up, in drama clubs, and watching amazing actors and presenters, my passion and appreciation of the art continue to grow. 

      Hi @trishmueni i have always been a performer from a very young age and as i grew up, in drama clubs, and watching amazing actors and presenters, my passion and appreciation of the art continue to grow. 

  • mka
    mka
    almost 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi @Sarah Hassan ! It's so wonderful to see such an accomplished actress such as yourself on Mogul! :) When you attended the NY Film Academy, what was one of your biggest lessons professionally and personally? 

    Hi @Sarah Hassan ! It's so wonderful to see such an accomplished actress such as yourself on Mogul! :) When you attended the NY Film Academy, what was one of your biggest lessons professionally and personally? 

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi @ahc328 thank you. My biggest lesson from NYFA professionally and personally would be there is always room for growth. I walked in as an established actress and i managed to sharpen my skills, expand my abilities and even learn new techniques.

      Hi @ahc328 thank you. My biggest lesson from NYFA professionally and personally would be there is always room for growth. I walked in as an established actress and i managed to sharpen my skills, expand my abilities and even learn new techniques.

  • Lauren D.
    Lauren D. Creative production student, certified dog enthusiast and Jedi knight.
    almost 2 years ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Sarah! Do you find their is a difference in auditioning in the varying countries? And how did you find the courage to leave your comfort zone and move across the world?

    Hi Sarah! Do you find their is a difference in auditioning in the varying countries? And how did you find the courage to leave your comfort zone and move across the world?

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi Lauren, The main difference would be the cultural difference so it does take a bit of adjusting but they are all intense and for me, regardless of which country I am auditioning in or which project I am auditioning for, I always have to give my best. Moving across the world was a decision I did NOT made lightly, I felt like I was comfortable in what I was doing and I wanted to grow both as an actor/TV Presenter as well as a human being.

      Hi Lauren, The main difference would be the cultural difference so it does take a bit of adjusting but they are all intense and for me, regardless of which country I am auditioning in or which project I am auditioning for, I always have to give my best. Moving across the world was a decision I did NOT made lightly, I felt like I was comfortable in what I was doing and I wanted to grow both as an actor/TV Presenter as well as a human being.

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  • ryansupack
    almost 2 years ago

    Yaaay! Hi Sarah, I'm Ryan, I've done exactly what you've asked me.

    So to my question: you've been acting and also been a TV Personality for quite sometime, what/who really inspired you to be an actor?
    2nd question: which is your favorite TV Show?
    Thanks!

    Yaaay! Hi Sarah, I'm Ryan, I've done exactly what you've asked me.

    So to my question: you've been acting and also been a TV Personality for quite sometime, what/who really inspired you to be an actor?
    2nd question: which is your favorite TV Show?
    Thanks!

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hi Ryan, Thank you so much. I was always very animated from a young age, and would never pass up an opportunity to perform regardless of the crowd(family, friends etc), acting is something that has always been a part of me. 

      Currently my favorite TV show is This Is Us. 

      Hi Ryan, Thank you so much. I was always very animated from a young age, and would never pass up an opportunity to perform regardless of the crowd(family, friends etc), acting is something that has always been a part of me. 

      Currently my favorite TV show is This Is Us. 

      • ryansupack
        almost 2 years ago

        Thank  you, always a pleasure learning fun things about you.

        Thank  you, always a pleasure learning fun things about you.

  • Kelly Hudson
    almost 2 years ago

    This is so cool! What's your favorite role?

    This is so cool! What's your favorite role?

    • Sarah Hassan
      Sarah Hassan Actor & TV Personality
      almost 2 years ago Los Angeles, CA, United States

      Hey Kelly, Thank you. I wouldn’t necessarily say I have a favorite role, All the roles I played had certain aspects that I gravitated towards, one example is: In "How To Find A Husband" i played an emotionally abused wife and i got an insight on how tough it is to be in that position.  

      Hey Kelly, Thank you. I wouldn’t necessarily say I have a favorite role, All the roles I played had certain aspects that I gravitated towards, one example is: In "How To Find A Husband" i played an emotionally abused wife and i got an insight on how tough it is to be in that position.  


Sarah Hassan
Actor & TV Personality

Sarah Hassan is one of Africa’s most established actors and TV personalities. She started acting at the age of 5. She has held major roles in seven TV series, five of which have been aired on Pay TV across multiple African countries. She has been in six films, one of which was a British film that [...]

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