Spotlight: Vida Ghaffari
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Guest: Vida Ghaffari @VidaGhaffari
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Vida Ghaffari is an actress, known for Strangers in a Book (2015), Seeking Valentina (2015) and Cross My Heart (2012).http://www.imdb.com/name/
Vida Ghaffari has been active on the Tinsel town scene as an actress, journalist, and voiceover artist. This talented character actress has recently shot a supporting role in Savage Cinema’s campy horror flick,”Pond Scum,” directed by legendary indie Aussie filmmaker Mark Savage. Vida plays the role of a pious woman betrayed by her abusive husband. Savage was so struck by her acting talent, that he will also cast her in a major supporting role in his upcoming thriller called “Circus of Dread,” starring acting powerhouse Bill Oberst Jr. She has also shined in a fun character role in the indie horror film “Natural Born Filmmakers” alongside renowned European actor Domiziano Arcangeli. Vida just wrapped two short films, “Seeking Valentina” and Strangers In A Book,” which will both be screening at the FANtastic Film Festival and the Action on Film Festival this fall. Vida has received numerous nominations for her acting work in both films from FANtastic.
This versatile performer has also played an Iraqi wife in an episode of Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia” and has also shined in a fun character role in the indie horror film “Natural Born Filmmaker” alongside Arcangeli again. This comedic powerhouse also landed a co-starring role in much buzzed about FOX sitcom, “The Mindy Project.” She has also acted in many plays at established Hollywood venues such as the Zephyr Theatre and Theatre/Theater. She also has a very strong background in comedy as an improviser, stand-up, and sketch comic and studied longform improv at UCB.
With her rich, smart, and sassy signature voice, Vida works steadily as a voiceover artist. Vida recently voiced two characters in an animated film called “Lovesick Fool” created by Emmy-nominated director Dominic Polcino (“The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” and “King of the Hill”). Acclaimed actors Fred Willard, Lisa Kudrow, and Janeane Garofalo also voiced roles in this film. “Lovesick Fool” is quickly becoming a film festival darling having screened at countless prestigious film festivals across the country.
A multi-talented performer, Vida also freelances as an online and broadcast entertainment correspondent. Her ebullient and charismatic personality has led her to report from many Hollywood red carpet film premieres and galas. With her quick-witted humor and her vivacious temperament, Vida has been coveted by various media outlets as an on-air host and as an associate producer for ATV, GEM TV, and PNG TV. Vida’s astute yet entertaining stories have also contributed to her success as a print journalist; her congenial interpersonal skills and her resourcefulness as an investigative reporter have led her to cover annual local events from Skid Row to Beverly Hills for the Hollywood Times. She currently writes about fashion and beauty for www.soveryvida.com, her self-titled blog. A Washington, DC native, Vida has received research and writing grants from the Woodrow Wilson Center and the National Journalism Center among others. She was honored to recently be awarded a Media Appreciation Award and Commendations from the City of Los Angeles and the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.