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Adam Saleh- From The Kid That No One Cared About To One Of YouTube's Biggest Stars

Adam Saleh was Born and Raised in New York City. Today, he is one of the biggest YouTube stars around, and a role model for many. He is known for his uplifting and inspirational videos. I had a chance to interview Adam and find out a little more about what inspired him to do what he does.

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He grew up in a post 9/11 world where he and his family were subject to hardships. Being called names at school, no one wanting to be his friend and even his mom getting abuse from people in the street were just a few of the challenges this young kid faced. He used these challenges to fuel his mission, which was to make people smile and to show the world that Muslims are not what the media portray them as.

Since a Young age, Adam was always curious and very creative. He loved making people smile and would do anything to get a smile out of someone. He combined his creativity with his ability to make people smile- he started making videos around the age of 12, showing them to his family and friends. He would get nothing but smiles and laughter and he really enjoyed the process. Realising that he had a knack for it and also passion to make the world a better place. He wanted to take this to a bigger audience. He discovered YouTube!

Adam started creating comedy skits with heart and a message. He started sharing his videos with friends and family and in no time he was all over the internet. He had created a following, which we would see grow over the next few years. As he grew more popular, he never lost sight of the reason he started all of this in the first place, which was to brighten peoples days and to get people to smile, while learning something in the process. Over the years he has touched upon topics and made videos about things that are close to his heart, while making people smile. From social experiements to silly pranks, I'm sure he's made us all laugh and think at some point.

He is a true testament to the statement, 'Do something that you are passionate and put in hard work- you'll be able to acheive anything'. He shows us exactly that. From a kid who used to be called names and subject to racism in school for being a Muslim to becoming one of the biggest and most inspirational internet stars today. He still gets stick from people, but he says "My Adoomy gang (his fans) keep me up & positive. The positive tweets and messages I get, keep me going, so I thank them". Advice he gives to young people who are going through tough times "Go speak to someone, your school, parents. I didn't speak to anyone , I was too afraid, but don't be afraid. I didn't take anything to heart, I dismissed it and moved on. Just take the positives from the negatives and move on. But first and foremost, make sure you tell someone and get help."

Adam pictured with fellow Youtuber Lily Singh AKA Superwoman.

Along with fame, comes responsibility and he was really tested. Adam has stayed humble and true to his cause. A few months back he was offered $100,000 by a reputable producer and studio, to play a Muslim terrorist in a movie. An offer, which he declined. He wasn't willing to play a 'Muslim terrorist', because terrorists come from all backgrounds and can be of any colour. He questioned why the terrorist had to be Muslim? "It's 2016, I was saddend by the fact that someone offered me that role. I wouldn't do that for any amount of money"

Lastly, we ended the interview with the 10 questions from 'Inside the Actors Studio', which were originally written by Bernard Pivot.

1. What is your favorite word?

"Go Turkey"

2. What is your least favorite word?

"Hate"

3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?

"Positivity"

4. What turns you off?

"Negativity"

5. What is your favorite curse word?

"Butthead"

6. What sound or noise do you love?

"Azaan & The Quran"

7. What sound or noise do you hate?

"The sound of my Mom waking me up"

8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

"Singing"

9. What profession would you not like to do?

"Astronaut- Its scary going to space"

10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

"I would like for him to tell me that he forgives me for everything and he welcomes me to Jannah"

Adam is a source of inspiration for a lot of young people out there. He continues to make people smile through his videos and tours that he does. You can check out his content by searching Adam Saleh on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter! He has upcoming tours to Australia, Malaysia, and then he'll be in the UK in February. Keep an eye out on his social media for dates.

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