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The Drive Behind The Man
When Ziad (Zee) Saliba, from Lebanon, released ‘Canticles Of The Sheep,’ a dark tome on aspects of human nature through difficult and unusual circumstances, and the oft frailty of human spirit, it was not well received. Set in the sinister backdrop of the boroughs of New York City, the darkness and sadness of the story left many readers asking ‘why?’ According to Zee, Canticles Of The Sheep is not a novel for the masses, but instead a novel that serves a dual purpose. First, the story was meant to help the minority of people who could relate to the horrific stories of the three main characters create a strong and lasting connection to Zee. The second and probably more important reason for writing ‘Canticles Of The Sheep’ was that it was something that he needed to do for himself… to explore his talents and help him progress as a writer.
And what a talent he is?
Zee’s unique writing style, influenced in part by other ‘dark’ novelists such as Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen King has given him a unique, but rabid following.
He is not a household name yet, but in Zee’s own words, he is just getting started. He was born to be an artist.
Zee studied under famed playwright Tim McNeil for a few months at the Stella Adler Academy. Later, he attended The New York Film Academy and majored in Screenwriting. The real training, however, came outside all that.
Growing as a writer and artist daily, Zee credits every day experiences and focusing on his work for this. His move to Los Angeles last year was the final piece in the puzzle for Zee. That, he says, cemented his direction in life. In Zee’s own words “If you wanna be a clown you gotta join the circus, right? I willingly chose this medium, and whatever faults or seedy notions LA projects, it's still the place to be. It's this community of struggling artists and liberals and expressionists that I've shamelessly fallen in love with.”
The Hollywood personality Zee would most like to work with is Gary Oldman. This seems right in line with the rest of Ziad's dark and mysterious character. Mr. Oldman himself has been at the center of many dark and unique projects throughout his career in Hollywood. Zee and Gary Oldman would seemingly be a perfect complement to each other.
Asked what he has coming up in the future, Zee mentions for the near term, a dark whimsical romance entitled "Clementine" and developing a cool comedy called "The Dreamboat and other Twisted Fairy Tales."
Longer term, Zee plans to keep growing and honing his craft. He is definitely one to watch.
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