If you have not heard yet of actress, model, and artist Lisa Alavi, take note and remember her name and face well. She embodies both that natural beauty and girl next door charm with a highly ambiguous look and versatility in her skill sets to match it. She is a true artist at communicating both vulnerability and strength through the screen, seamlessly creating a meaningful, genuine connection with her audience. Alongside acting, Alavi has appeared in print campaigns for Fortune 500 companies such as Volkswagen, has appeared as a model multiple times on the NBC affiliate KPRC for morning show segments, and has partnered with various other brands in campaigns, such as Image Skincare, HelloFresh, Sereshki Collection, Protein World, Coola Suncare, Headbands of Hope, and many more. She is an artist and sells art on Society6. Lisa Alavi is also an Ambassador for Peace Worldwide Organization.
Lisa is half Persian and half American-European descent and was born and raised in Texas. Early on, her mixed upbringing granted her a great appreciation for different walks of life, cultures, and backgrounds.
At 13, she was scouted by an established Manager in California. Signing would have required her to move out to the West Coast. Being a minor and how that would impact the family, it wasn’t the right timing. Alavi focused on education. She attended the University of Houston on an academic scholarship, majoring in Supply Chain Management, with a focus in Procurement & Sourcing, and minoring in French.
Brands and individuals started reaching out on Instagram, inquiring about modeling for their online stores, campaigns, or general portfolios. This gateway into modeling organically led her back to her passion of acting in film.
This last year, we’ve seen her lay the woodwork. She says, “I’m a big believer in manifesting things into action. See it, believe it, action it, envision it, and pursue it as if it already is. Our mindset holds power, both at the conscious and subconscious level.” She was cast in a series pitch for Loren Margolese, Marc Isaacs, & Jade Robert’s Marshal Dead as the lead Nadua. She learned instinct archery for the role by husband and wife team, Gilbert Gomez (Apache) and Rebecca Stacey (Cherokee). In Spring 2020, she played in a scene across Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan) and her sister, actress Sara Alavi in the Deepwater Motion Pictures & Welling Films upcoming film Narco Sub, set for worldwide distribution. She is also set to be in Johnny Ray Gibb’s Mr. Blue, filming dates yet to be determined.
We asked her what she feels it takes to succeed in this industry. She shared some of her personal philosophies, starting with “you have to know what is in alignment with you. Be a Yes Woman but a No Ma’am, a Yes Man but a No Sir. You have to eagerly say yes to things that drive, honor, align with you, but say no to the things that don’t serve your gut.” She also said that “you have to have a non-negotiable, positive belief system in yourself”. Something she read at a young age that always stuck with her is, “You have the choice to become your biggest fan or your biggest critic. Choose wisely.” She encourages everyone to have an “I am, I can, I will” attitude. She also said to “find the JOY in the JOurneY, like a book we don’t benefit from reading the last page, but we must be grateful for each page that takes us there.” These sound like some great tips and a wise approach for anyone pursuing their dreams.
Lisa Alavi is also a talented artist, featuring her artwork on Society6. It is a mix of paint, sketch, & marbling. She says art is most rewarding when “I can clear my mind like a canvas, create that space, put on some music, and just be”. Her work can be purchased as traditional canvas or home decor, accessories, and tech.