Ayser Salman was born in Iraq back before it became a curiosity and moved to the U.S. as a toddler. She spent much of her childhood in the 1970s trying to fit in among her blond-haired, blue-eyed counterparts and telling everyone to call her ‘Lisa’ because it was “just easier that way.” After shunning her parents’ dream of her becoming a doctor in favor of journalism school, she worked as a news producer in Kentucky and later came to L.A. to produce & edit promos and original content for Miramax Films, Disney, Universal Pictures and FX.
Her book, The Wrong End of the Table, a comic memoir about growing up Iraqi Muslim in Kentucky, was published March 5, 2019 by Skyhorse Publishing and is currently being developed as a TV series. Ayser has had sitcom pilots optioned by Fox, Humanitas Prize, and one was a finalist in last year’s Austin Film Festival. She also regularly publishes online articles and essays inspired by her ‘spirited' Iraqi family and their immigrant shenanigans and seems to never run out of ideas – much to her mother’s chagrin.