Hi! I’m Suzan Battah
I’m a passionate Creative Strategist and Award Winning Screenwriter and Film Director. I love creating inspiring, thought provoking and entertaining films. Part of my work includes teaching creative workshops, writing great novels and producing quality audiobooks for creatives. I’m also a very vocal mental health advocate, love animals, dancing like no one is watching, helping creatives achieve their dreams and offering support and a voice to great causes.
A Little About My Journey Here...
Born in Sydney, Australia I always knew I wanted to be a writer. Yet no one ever taught me how to do it, so I just picked up a pen one day and started telling a story. I started creating. I was obsessed with the literary works and read so many novels and nonfiction to expand my mind.
The more I read, the more I wanted to learn.
For my 18th birthday, I begged my parents to give me a computer. I was over the moon when they did. They also enrolled me in the Australian College of Journalism to complete a Diploma in Professional Romance Writing (yes this course existed in 1998).
I loved the course and my tutor was amazing, inspiring more and more that my passion as a writer was worth the struggles. Though depression and anxiety was a constant in my life, I always found my way back to my art.
The Depression & Anxiety Warrior
The rocky road through young adulthood was filled with anxiety, high levels of stress and isolation. It took a long time to understand the reasons for what I was feeling and it also took a long time to manage it well enough. I’ve found, for me, exercise and art have played a major part in dealing with the challenges of depression and anxiety.
I’m proud to say that I’ve managed to achieve things I never thought I would – through belief, self-care, spiritual enlightenment and support of family and friends I’ve overcome the many obstacles that blocked me so long ago. You can learn more about my personal journey over at Charismatic Lifestyle.
It wasn’t until 2011 that I found a new direction. I discovered a whole new style of writing – screenwriting – and I have’t looked back. I completed a screenplay of my novel BaSatai: Outside In and started entering into Screenplay competitions for feedback. Well not only did I receive feedback, I won.
A nomination at the St Tropez International Film Festival and other wins, nominations and encouragement in the entertainment field has been the foundation for where I am now.
I took the chance to fly half way around the world – based on a nomination – to network and mingle with like minded creative artists. I flew half way around the world with the full intention of winning. Even if I left without an award, I had decided I had already won by taking the opportunity.
I decided that despite the anxiety of possibly winning, having the opportunity to speak would cause me great anxiety, I decided at that point, I would do it anyway, why? Because I am Suzan Battah. That’s it.
I won! I won! I was on my own and several people from my table followed me up to the stage to take pictures for me. in that moment, I was overwhelmed with joy.
Here is the moment in 2013! I actually said a long winded speech but it was missed in the recording unfortunately due to the excitement of everyone walking up to the stage with me. Never fear, I will make sure to win again.
The Creative Artist Strategist
My experience is that I’ve managed to overcome a debilitating condition to achieve dreams, goals and in a creative world, I have determined I belong.
So I quickly got into screenwriting workshops, scoured the internet for resources to continue to learn and grow. I also studied a certificate in scriptwriting online and achieved High Distinctions which encouraged me further but also validated that my skills were there and I just needed to persist with my passion.
Fear is a major issue when it comes to moving forward. Stamping down on it is the hardest, hardest intention to set but it is not impossible to get rid of fear.
I achieved it. So can you.
Now, I’m dedicated and passionate about working with talented Creative Artists (Directors, Screenwriters, Playwrites, Filmmakers, Artists, Singers, Actors, Performers, Dancers and other Creatives) to achieve their dreams and unleash your talent.