Khanversations was initially launched in 2009 as a humor blog by multi-hyphenate content creator and journalist Samia Khan, who started blogging as a way to connect with her friends and share stories about her celebrity encounters while working at TV Guide in Los Angeles.

Since then, she has refocused the site to encompass all that her personal brand represents: whether scripted or unscripted, editorial or creative, Samia loves the art of conversation and connection, and aims to create content that uses humor and authenticity to address issues that generate a social conversation. Her most recent work, an essay published in Teen Vogue, created quite a debate online.

Mental health is a topic that Samia is especially passionate about. An issue that is considered taboo in South Asian culture, she hopes that as a mental health advocate she is able to destigmatize this important subject by creatively reflecting on her and her family’s own experiences. In July 2019 she was featured by The Mighty, a mental health outlet followed by more than 1 million people, as she shared her perspective on life with anxiety.

In 2013, Samia launched her first scripted series, #Instacurity, with co-creator Justin Gordon. The series used satire to address what they deemed to be an “epidemic”: society’s excessive concern with one’s social media presence, influence and/or likeability. National and international news outlets, most notably TIMEMashable, and Good Morning America, featured the project.

Samia took a few years off to work in traditional journalism roles (continuing to use her conversational skill set) before returning to the creative world. In 2018, she wrote and developed a TV pilot for Khanflicted, a semi-autobiographical comedy series that explores the inner conflict that comes with having dual identities and the crippling anxiety that comes with making any sort of life decision. The series kicks off with the protagonist’s decision to move to Arizona (and work at FOX News.) A webseries prequel that explores her life in LA before making this “big decision” (and the anxiety that comes with life choices) is currently in the works, and is slated for a Summer 2019 release.

Aside from scripted content, Samia also enjoys narrative nonfiction, and is working on a collection of essays for her upcoming book, Not Muslim Enough: Thoughts of a Conf Khanflicted Pakistani-American Millennial. Expected release date: To Be Announced.

 

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