We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophia Mayer Pliner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sophia, why did you pursue a creative career?
Since I was a little baby girl, my parents were told I was pretty, cute and big cheeked. Strangers on the street stopped to tell my parents what a pretty baby. My parents also said I was very expressive with my eyes, a happy alert, calm loved baby. So we decided to give it a try and after my first photo-shoot, I auditioned and booked with over 500 kids casting for Carters clothing. I like pretending, dressing up and acting. Its fun, adventurous, and I have good creativity and imagination. It all makes acting fun! I have since had over 100 gigs in Theatrical, Commercial, Industrial, Print and I am agency represented.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started as an infant, booked Carters, Pampers, Plum Organics, Disney Pixar. I was in a Progressive Car Insurance Commercial called “Rid Yourself” with the rate suckers, was the #1 aired commercial that year. I have also been in some pharmaceutical commercials, some T.V Shows, parts in movies, PSA’s, Music Videos and infomercials. I especially like student films and always like working AFI, USC Film and Loyola Marymount University. Worked over a 100 gigs so far! It was not easy, it took lots of dedication & perseverance. I overcame the challenges by to learning how to deal with rejection, learning the point is to don’t take anything personal, when one door closes another opens! Just keep moving, be prepared! Like my father says “Luck is when preparation meets opportunity”! I want the world to know that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams, and you can change it! Our greatest assets I am told are Ourselves and Our Time. So I take good care of myself, eat healthy, sleep good, not to much junk food or processed foods and sunscreen!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Getty Center – Take a tram winding up the mountain to see some really priceless artwork, I like Vincent Van Gogh’s Irisis, he’d Dutch like my Oma Tina. Also cool kids stuff and you can see the ocean and city on clear days breath taking views. Lake Shrine – This is a meditation garden that is so pretty and peaceful, you do not have to do anything and you feel good. Flowers, water , temple, shrines. It’s nestled in the Pacific Palisades right off Sunset Blvd. So relaxing and pretty all the flowers. Griffith Observatory – I love the windy road up into the mountain to get up to the observatory, really getting away from the city. There is amazing hiking but I love the planet show! It is so cool to learn about our solar system on such visual presentation. Sony Pictures Studio Tour / Paramount Studio Tour / Universal Studios Tour. I have worked at all these amazing studios and the tours and things you learn about film are super interesting. Manhattan Beach Pier / Redondo Beach Pier / Hermosa Beach Pier / RAT Beach Torrance – Born and raised in South Bay, I like to visit all the piers. Each one is different. Grab a delicious ice cream from Manhattan Beach Creamery and walk out to the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier to the aquarium! Hermosa Beach, grab a pizza from Paisano’s and walk around the plazza out to the pier, really local surf vibe here. Redondo Pier has some old original pier sections that’s cool to see the shops, board walk and in the summer concerts! Natural History Museum – Dinosaurs that’s all I need to say! Zuma Beach /Paradise Cove – Great famous beach Zuma in Malibu and also Paradise Cove it’s a pretty cove and you can get food right there on the beach from the Paradise Cove Beach Café, its pricy but worth it, it’s paradise and tables chairs right on the beach.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
If it was not for my mom Ana Cristina Mayer and dad Erik-Jan Pliner, I would not be here and have all these opportunities. My mom runs everything, she’s great behind the scenes. She puts everything together and it’s a full time job in its own, the work, driving, outfits, photo’s, emails, auditions, They have been very supportive, positive and very encouraging on pursuing my dreams. Thank you to Mavrick Artists Agency, Elite Kids Talent and my Brazilian, Dutch and German family, Ruth De Souza photography, Magic Bean Photography and all the other child actors I have worked with. I like to study with the Palos Verdes Performing Arts Conservatory. I like to thank Tara Rice for all she does for the Miss West Coast Pageant, was so fun to learn everything and compete.
Ruth de Souza Photographer