Azita Ghanizada joins us from LaLa land. In December of 2019, she gave her first TEDxTalk at TedxNashville’s “Bold & Brilliant Women” conference. Doesn't have shame about where she's from... doesn't have shame to stand up for a culture that has some dark sides, a religion that has faced a lot of dark sides. Ghanizada began her on-air camera career being featured in several National Commercials. Having learned English watching TV, Azita had long dreamed of becoming an actress but her strict cultural upbringing prevented her from ever speaking her truth. 1:00 AM PDT She has been able to create massive change in the industry using light-hearted anecdotal humor and a soft engagement approach, which is extremely effective when trying to explain to others why a different approach is very much needed. ", 55:24 ~ "The only time things were ok was when we were watching TV. When Azita speaks about her work and the work that still needs to be done in this area, I am so engaged. It gave our family something to come around. And so the seed, to me, has always been how do I repay into the consciousness what was gifted to me? She is an extremely passionate and articulate woman, with the ability to explain her mission and inspire those around her all at the same time. That's when everybody connected. In this talk, Azita examines how the images that we see over and over again on TV has shaped the Islamophobic culture we now live in. Azita is a true joy as both a participant and as a discussion leader around the fight for visibility: as a woman, as a diverse woman and as someone who answered a much needed call to action for Middle Eastern North African performers. A few of her notable television guest-starring roles include How I Met Your Mother, Entourage, Veronica Mars, The Mentalist, Psych, Castle, Up All Night, 9-1-1. In 2017, she successfully lobbied SAG-AFTRA to include Middle Eastern North African (MENA) as its own diverse casting category. And I knew that that was the seed of what I wanted to recreate to give to others, because it was my survival mechanism. ", - Director, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Hollywood Bureau, "As a leadership and inclusion strategist with over fifteen years in the arts and entertainment industries, I have had the privilege of facilitating and appearing on scores of panels for film festivals, and industry organizations, as well as city, state and federal agencies. Azita Ghanizada, Actress: Complete Unknown. Nobody was arguing. Nobody was talking about politics. On Dharma, Neuroplasticity, and Mentor-Angels. on Azita Ghanizada is an American actress in the United States who has appeared in a number of television series. Her insights, her humor and her ability to engage any room is a testament to her strength as an advocate and storyteller. - KF, 14:44 ~ "Let's all get conscious enough so that you know we can take whatever shit happened to us in our childhood with our shitty parents or our amazing parents but our shitty teachers or our amazing teachers but our shitty friends or whatever trauma we had as kids, so we can really take that and use it as grist for our mill - as a way of maturing and advancing and expanding, rather than [letting it be] terrifying and paralyzing." I felt comfortable in churches I felt comfortable in temples I felt comfortable in mosques I felt comfortable anywhere. Her family ﬂed to the US when she was just a baby, seeking asylum to escape war torn Afghanistan. Azita will take the audience on a journey of grit, courage, resiliency, and share how she somehow changed the business for the generations that will follow her. Her career in television began in the mid-2000s with bit roles on episodes of shows such as The Closer, Numb3rs, Bones and Veronica Mars.
As a storyteller, there is a flow and a rhythm that makes it easy for her to captivate her audience small or large.
Everybody was just happy. As a baby, she and her family fled Afghanistan to the United States and gained asylum thanks to her father's work with the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
Contents[show] Synopsis Eric Murphy asks Sloan McQuewick to accompany him to The Great Gatsby premiere as friends, Turtle brings Jamie-Lynn Sigler to the premiere, and Johnny 'Drama' Chase gets a date to the premiere. Her work has raised awareness that led to the creation of a new demographic category in Hollywood – The first time this has happened in 37 years. A critical and cultural look at her own life compared to the true story of another Azita and the other women who did not flee Afghanistan, the juxtaposition of their vastly different fates, and how the grace of a nation allowing her family to seek asylum within its borders dramatically changed the course of her life.
Being raised in a conservative multicultural home, she was forbidden to pursue her dreams of becoming an ... Sun, Oct 18 Azita shares her personal stories about navigating stereotypes and how she is fighting to create a culture of positive MENA representation in Hollywood and beyond. And so my story is vulnerable and it's authentic. And so there are so many layers to what I think my dharma is and I hope that it's both. Before beginning her career in acting, she studied communications and English at Virginia Tech.
She was raised in Northern Virginia and is the middle child of two sisters. In 2018, MAAC presented the first-ever study of Middle Eastern and North African performers on TV highlighting the lack of representation for MENA on PrimeTime TV, titled Terrorists & Tyrants. I offer this as my full and enthusiastic recommendation of Azita as she continues to empower people of all backgrounds, all identities and all abilities. They settled in Virginia and while Azita always aspired to be an actress, she was forbidden to do so until finishing school. Every time I meet up with Azita and learn more about her work in the entertainment industry, I increasingly admire her determination. Refusing to play into Hollywood tropes for actors of Middle Eastern and South Asian decent on a regular basis, Azita’s path soon revealed that in order to see real movement and true unbiased representation for her community, she would have to disrupt Hollywood from the inside. Her family fled to the U.S. when she was just a baby, seeking asylum to escape war-torn Afghanistan. Her personal journey is a fascinating one. She quickly began appearing on several hit TV shows, and alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest talents. She has had one of the most impactful roles in Hollywood, taking on the tired trope of the oppressed Muslim woman. After the cancellation of Alphas, Azita went on to film the feature, Complete Unknown, opposite Michael Shannon and Rachel Weisz. Highly focused and eloquent, Azita is able to remain connected to her audience and inspire through her stories. They feel that and they understand it and because I come as a storyteller and as an educator.”, 1:04:24 ~ "When I'm upset or unsettled or scared, I have to be close to water or trees. Contact APB Speakers for bio, videos, topics, and to inquire about speaking fees and availability. - KF, 5:39 ~ “if we can really be our most authentic self then we're not worrying about if other people like us.” - KF, 21:47 ~ "I chose at a very early age not to be religious, but to find the truth in what was real for me.
Azita actively speaks on representation and inclusion issues in the media, on social media, in business environments and on industry panels. She recently recurred on HBO’s Ballers and is can currently be seen on the upcoming season of Good Trouble.
And then I get this stand and rise in that and that people accept that. From refusing to accept the limited thinking that girls in the arts were shameful, to not shying away from her identity in a post 9/11 Hollywood. I’ve had the pleasure of both watching her engage in a small conference room amongst industry leaders and alongside her to a full theater of her peers. 8:00 PM PDT She and her family fled Afghanistan to the United States and gained asylum in Virginia to escape the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. So, after receiving her B.A. A new podcast about acting, life, and how the two inform each other. Amongst Friends Season 6, Episode 2 Air date July 19, 2009 Written by Ally Musika Directed by Mark Mylod "Amongst Friends" is the second episode of Season 6 of Entourage. As an actor, Azita is best known for her work alongside David Strathairn, Malik Yoba and Mahershali Ali as a primary cast member of the American Syfy Channel series Alphas. And so I knew that there was a guiding force for me all along. From July to October of 2008, Azita played the role of Doctor Saira Batra on the soap opera spin-off series General Hospital: Night Shift. She was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, her family fled her native country to the US and were granted asylum to remain. "Azita’s ability to call attention to things that have so long been overlooked in our industry is phenomenal. And what I experienced and the way that I've experienced it, I'm able to convey and that affects people.
She recently recurred on HBO’s Ballers and is can currently be seen on the upcoming season of Good Trouble. The first time in 37 years a new diversity category has been introduced into the TV/Theatrical contracts in Hollywood. APB is a Global Speaker, Celebrity & Entertainment Agency, Boston | Chicago | San Diego | LondonParis | Istanbul | Rotterdam | Moscow, Afghan American Actress, Political Refugee & Activist, Azita, a political asylum seeker, arrived in Hollywood with an incredible story of cultural backlash. I felt comfortable in any house of God. She appeared in fourteen out of twenty-five aired episodes of the series.
A society filled with fear and divisiveness, driven by negative media imagery of a people unknown. And with that acceptance, that it helps heal pieces of the consciousness that I am not even aware of.". Actor and educator Azita Ghanizada is known for her lead role on the SYFY series, Alphas, and you’ve also seen her in Entourage, How I Met Your Mother, Veronica Mars, The Mentalist, Psych, Castle, and Up All Night to name just a few. Choose an adventure below and discover your next favorite movie or TV show. Read Less ^.
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