Sara Alavi is a commercial model, actress, and singer/songwriter. Sara has been featured in advertisements for Fortune 500 brands such as Samsung, Exxon Mobil, and Mercedes Benz. Alavi has also performed in front of former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush during Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway at Jones Hall.
Before becoming the artist she is today, Ms. Alavi started with musical theatre, while also writing songs, published with BMI and in assorted journals. Modeling and acting came naturally as such activities were related to performing on stage and in alignment with publicity efforts. When she gained traction in show business, she eventually entered television, commercial work, and film. You may catch Alavi on the big screen in the opening scene of film Narco Sub premiering this Fall 2020, alongside Saving Private Ryan actor Tom Sizemore, with sister and actress Lisa Alavi. Sara will also be the titled lead actress in the film The I Ching Lawyer filming late in Fall 2020, and joining the cast of Mr. Blue to begin filming in 2021. Additional Sara Alavi film projects have not yet been announced to the public.
Not only does Sara involve herself in mainstream media, but she also offers her acting expertise in advocacies close to her heart. Black Lives Matter: Listen to Our Voices is a short documentary quarantine style file that was produced by Ms. Alavi alongside L.A. producers Mark Gonzales, Mike Jones, and Michelle Bennet.
There are also non-profit organizations in which she volunteers her efforts, such as UNICEF and Peace Worldwide Organization (PWO). She started supporting the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in 2009. To raise awareness for UNICEF, Sara would send letters to all seated patrons at each of her performance events. Ms. Alavi continually engages with children by participating in UNICEF events such as Trick or Treat for UNICEF and the Tap Water Project, as well as performing at schools for Step It Up Kids pep rallies empowering children to fundraise for their school’s needs.
With PWO, she partnered with her father Dr. Mehdi Alavi to help him materialize his vision of a more peaceful world. Key projects implemented under PWO include the construction of a water well in Kenya to ease tensions between tribes, the provision of orphanage assistance in Africa and the Middle East, and collaborative efforts with other non-profit organizations for education and child protection.
As a global peace ambassador for PWO since 2011, Sara promotes freedom and peace for all humanity. Her song entitled Dream of Peace from her debut album Game of Perception is PWO’s theme song and tribute to the peace-driven organization.
Alavi also created the theme song entitled Diamond in the Rough for the organization Girls Above Society, founded by her long time friend Lauren Galley. This song calls for female empowerment from all walks of life, emphasizing societal youth and empowering young girls.
Amassing over more than 150,000 followers on Instagram, she also uses her strong online presence to support other causes. Recently, Sara began promoting the use of masks to stop the spread of Coronavirus. She has teamed up with Sussman and Han Co. in producing inexpensive masks for individuals at home and standalone urgent care facilities. Coupled with this act of generosity, she advocates the importance of wearing masks when unable to socially distance amid the health and economic impact of COVID-19.
Wearing a mask in public, according to Ms. Alavi, is Love Made Visible. Her mother, Dr. Mary Alavi MD, empowers this slogan as a loving consideration for all. They believe that wearing masks is not only among the first steps in the prevention of the spread and protection of all individuals from the invisible enemy, but also a crucial key to resuming economic recovery. To know more about her Love Made Visible project and other Coronavirus-related information, visit her website or follow her on Instagram.
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