We had the good fortune of connecting with Sara Alavi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sara, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
Oh, how I love this question! Succeeding in what one loves, is inevitable. Yet, the world has a way of teaching us if we are truly passionate about our skills and interests by crossing us with trials and tribulations on our path to success. I never heard a successful person say they didn’t have struggles. So success isn’t a matter of “if” but rather a matter of “when” you will achieve your goals, as long as you don’t allow adversity to win and you stick to your mission and purpose. So, if your heart is in it, you WILL succeed, but only you know the answer to your dreams, and your heart and mind’s true desires. Those who never give up are the ones to succeed, with persistence and patience, it is inevitable. If it is truly your dream, you will never give up and you will conquer your dreams one day – whether near or far in future.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I would enjoy for all to know that my path has not been an easy path. I went through a lot of trials and tribulations, many personal and others career based. I received a million “no” remarks to each one “yes” remark. But, the “no” remarks were never dissuading of my craft and path. At a younger age, I lost my voice and had severe vocal fatigue and pre-nodules. I was unable to speak when my dream was to continue to use my voice as a singer., performer and actress. I was 12 years old. That was a beautiful great awakening for me. I attended therapy a couple hours a week, as my mother drove a couple hours to the medical center every Friday to help me heal my vocal cords. As a young 12 year old, dramatic as ever, I thought my “dreams were over” and “singing was over”. Oh, how I learned. I learned to fight for my voice and my dreams. I learned how much I truly loved it and what it meant to me, and I worked endlessly to strengthen my dreams, and heal my voice. If that very initial trial didn’t occur, I would not have met my singing specialist, who was a “voice mama”, nurturing and exactly what I needed to aid me to healing. I am still connected with her to this very day, as she is forever indented in my heart. Those early years introduced me to TRUE passion and perseverance, as well as the tools and teachers I required for a long lasting career in the arts sector. From challenges come miracles and beyond! I encountered many tough times along the years, but all of them led me to higher ground and real success. It’s fascinating how the universe has a way of testing us within our craft to see what we truly desire and want in life, with our ultimate dreams. Challenges are inevitable, but you grow and find your strengths in those hardships to become the best version of yourself in your craft, and ultimately succeed beyond your wildest expectations. That is exactly what has happened with me. And since then, I have decided to be a “voice for the voiceless” in both the arts and humanitarian efforts, as it has served my deepest heart’s desires and dreams, in allowing me to be authentically me in this industry and wherever I am.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
During COVID-19, I have been so strict and attentive to all the guidelines within the city. I find myself quarantining until I am on an acting set and/or music set. This allows safety for me and my best friends A.K.A. family. Now, in the perfect world with zero virus transmission, I LOVE to go dancing and to a nice restaurant. I also love festivals and excuses to be a kid. We adults should always live our childlike spirit and never lose sight of that. So if my best friends were visiting now, I would wear a mask, and search all the cool festivals in town going on, and visit them, before hitting up the town for a nice restaurant and some dancing.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The most influential beings in m y life have been my amazing parents. They BOTH came from very limited means, and from poverty, yet believed in their dreams and each another enough to fulfill their desires individually and together. Their devotion to their passions in life and their ability to stay positive in raising four children through it all, gave me a strength I would never know otherwise. They taught me that I could achieve anything and everything with a “no excuse” mentality, a passion for my dreams and consistent belief in myself. They showed me throughout their lives that anything is attainable with dedication, hard work, and perseverance. They are living proof that all things are possible.