We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophia Louisa Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sophia Louisa, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think the biggest risk anyone can take is getting to truly know who they are. It’s scarier than you’d think. I’ve known (and have loved) people who are afraid to look inside of themselves — to dive into their hurt and pain and allow it to heal.
It seems “we” forget we only have this moment of now to truly live life. Some people don’t even realize what that means.
The biggest risk I’ve taken is to be honest with myself, to truly know who I am and to love myself for it. I know whatever I choose to do, I do it with love, passion, and integrity.
For me, the creative arts — whether through dance, painting, photography, writing, acting, producing, directing, even hosting my podcast — has been part of my process of finding that balance of self and of being part of the whole.
It seems it is easier for people to believe what other people want them to believe.
I believe when you truly know yourself, you are successful. So few people venture out on that journey. It can start as simply as asking yourself, “what if?”
Looking back on my life, I see there are so many things I could have done differently. But everything I have experienced has made me who I am today. And some of these same experiences have made and will continue to make for great story (whether visually or on paper).
Life is meant to be lived. Quite possibly the greatest risk you’ll ever take is living your own life the way you want to live it.
It may not be easy, but definitely worth it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
What I am most proud of is that I am constantly evolving as an artist. I allow myself to stay in that creative flow, which is sometimes a challenge.
I’ve been told by others that “you have to find one thing and stick with it.” Yet, as a writer, the more you are exposed to, the more material you’re able to draw from.
The ultimate question is, “what makes you happy?”
Why should happiness be part of the equation?
Because it’s that joy that gets you out of bed. It’s that energy that keeps you pumped up and good to go. Need to spend hours on set? Or pull an all nighter writing? Or whatever creation you have set your mind on — it’s that passion within you that drives it.
There will always be people who will want to suck the joy out of you. They will want you to be miserable because they are miserable. They will want to put you down because they are wounded. As crazy as this may sound, send them love. They need it. I think they are put in front of us to affirm what we really want.
The ongoing pandemic has shifted a lot of things for a lot of people. Life as we have known it will never be the same. As a creative, that’s an opportunity to create a newness for happenings. Choose to stay in the creative flow.
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?
Pre-pandemic that would have been such an easy question to answer! Especially here in Los Angeles where there are so many special places in every direction.
The whole fear factor really whacked that out though. You know, if this were a reality t.v. show, it’d probably be high in the rankings.
But exploring is definitely not out of the question.
Los Angeles has amazing architecture. A simple “let yourself get lost” drive can be a lot of fun, especially with so many beautiful homes and buildings to look at.
Great restaurants are not hard to find.
The Santa Monica hills are greats for hiking.
The beaches are always worth visiting.
Even a drive out to the desert.
Always something worth doing.
But if it’s with an amazing friend, it doesn’t matter where we go. Just hanging out and talking makes the visit worth it.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Would love to dedicate this shout out to my mom, who passed away three years ago this month. For years I had a love/hate relationship with her. She was a Mexican woman in a small border town who was bi-polar during a time when people didn’t talk about mental illness. Because of her, I learned how to be independent, and discovered that compassion, kindness and forgiveness are vital parts of the journey.