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Meet Sharareh Shahbazi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sharareh Shahbazi.

Sharareh, could you briefly walk us through your story – how did you start and how you got to where you are today.
I was born in Tehran, in a family with great passion for books, prime theater and good music (art as a whole). I was always mesmerized with books my parents read, albeit I didn’t always grasp their whole context like parts of “The Blind Owl” by Sadegh Hedayat that my mom was reading, and I insisted to read it at the age of 8! I was blessed to be raised with literature, good plays and premium books.

As a young girl impacted by a devastating war, economic hardship, and social restrictions, I started turning all those pressures to the point of creativity in my artistic life. It was during high school that I started shortening European long plays like “King Arthur”, “Sweden National Hero” – to name a few – for short plays in my high school. I was directing, casting, costume and stage designing all by myself and felt like “Francis Ford Coppola”! This led me to enroll in “Cinema Training Center” where I received trainings in acting while getting my B.A in French Language & Literature besides my B.S in IT from Tehran University.

Has it been a smooth road?
Being a female artist where I was born was not a smooth road (more like a serpentine one) but I loved the challenge. I strongly believed that one can find her/his true self beyond their comfort zone. Even after I moved to the US in 2002 and settled in Los Angeles, I faced challenges in acting which still prevail, but that’s the bittersweet part of Hollywood!

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’ve been doing Voice-Over Acting for the past ten years and I can easily (and proudly) confess that I am in love with this line of work. For instance, I am the Persian version of “Olivia Benson” (Mariska Hargitay) in Law and Order SVU, and “Tess Nazario” (Drea de Matteo) in Shades of Blue; to name a few.

I am also running my own Web/E-Commerce Development business called “SharShahbazi”, after I graduated from the “Art Institute of California-NOHO” with honor BA degree in Web Design & Interactive Media.

As an actress, I am constantly involved with various theatricals and movies. My recent theatrical play” The Butterfly” (Shapark in Persian”) was the first big Persian Broadway/Musical production with live music by the Grammy Award Winner Hamid Saeidi. 

I am known for the role of “Meira” in “Masks” short movie, directed by talented “Mahaliyah Ayla O” won three awards of Outstanding Drama Award, Audience Award, and Critic’s Award from NBC Universal. 

Currently, “The Silver Carnation” movie is an ongoing project about an outstanding poet/showman who was assassinated and will be premiering at Paramount Studios upon Completion. 

I will also be appearing in “Little Prince” play which was completed in May2020, with numerous online rehearsals with the presence of the Covid19 Pandemic situation. A very new and unique challenge in my acting career that I feel blessed to be a part of.

“What sets me apart from others”?
hmm, —–> Have the courage to be kind to the unkind 🙂

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
It’s a bit difficult to answer this question considering the current situation with this new Pandemic guest of ours! But let’s hope for more diversity over the next decade in the industry. If anyone knows the answer, it’s history. The coronavirus might be a new disease, but the film and TV industry has seen it all before. 

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