We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophia Pascual and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sophia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I see taking risks a little differently than before. Jim Rohn once said, “Casualness leads to casualties”. Not taking a risk is more detrimental. After all, we’re never getting out of this life alive. I never want to reach the end of my life thinking I could’ve done this, or should’ve done that…” I’ve been in LA for 3 years now. I moved here from the East Coast. There, I had my immediate family and work was picking up to the point where I was starting to save more money working as a singer and as a personal trainer. Most people think that moving to LA was a risk. NO. Staying in the East Coast would’ve been a bigger risk- a risk that I couldn’t afford. Security has never been the issue for me. And maybe I’m too stubborn. But going into the unknown has always excited me, no matter where God took me. Now that I’m here in LA, I couldn’t have been more sure that this is where I’m supposed to be at this moment of my life. I have built genuine connections and have developed a better relationship with myself. With taking risks comes accountability. Learning to hold myself accountable for my actions has helped me grow and maintain my inner peace. For example, if I decide to leave a relationship, I’m not counting on another potential partner to help me heal. I dig as deep as I can, and own up to my mistakes. It’s hard, but the work is so much worth it. I encourage people reading to look at risks a little differently. The next time you take ‘a leap of faith’, think about what you would regret more- going for it, or not going for it. Go ahead, and take that leap, knowing that you got nothing to lose, but everything to gain.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I like to produce my own beats. I have a few collaborations with artists and producers, but one thing I take pride in is being able to produce my music. I love the whole process and I’d like to be able to dedicate more time doing it. I’ve always sung since I was a kid. My dad is a pastor so church was a huge part of my upbringing. Though pursuing music in my culture and family wasn’t always encouraged, I’ve learned to find ways to pursue it. It took a lot of learning to believe in myself and finding the discipline to be able to do it, while finding other side hustles to “fund my dreams”. I’ve come a long way as a female artist. To be honest, part of the reason why I lacked the confidence to put my music out there is because I would always compare myself to other artists, which I think is normal. However, I had to learn to build myself up and not rely on other people or relationships for validation. My story is that of an immigrant who had to make sense of two completely different upbringing. When I create music, I think of blending influences from my childhood to what I listen to now. It’s mostly a mix of Rnb, Sould, Jazz, Afrobeat, Hiphop, pop, and Gospel. I’m learning to show different sides of me and my womanhood. My intention is to speak from my truth unapologetically.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First off, I would take them to the gym. We are working out or dancing. Since it’s still the pandemic, we would go on a hike-Griffith park or a quieter hiking trail. We would check out some outdoor events, like a dance circle or art show. As far as food, it has to be good. Manuela in the Arts District is really good and it’s the perfect spot to share food tapas style. Then we would go to the beach and maybe shoot some videos or just meditate. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to shoutout the homie Jyima Ofori-Atta, owner of the The Jyim. He’s been one of my closest friends since I’ve moved to LA. He hired me as a trainer at his fitness studio at The Jyim. Not only has the Jyim been a home away from home, but it’s become a hub of fitness and wellness for me and for our clients. His friendship and selflessness inspires me to continue living my truth with integrity. He’s someone who understands what it’s like to have everything be taken away and have to build from the ground up. He’s one of the happiest person I know and I’ll always be grateful for his friendship and contribution to my growth. Many people know him to be a great personal trainer, but not many know that he’s a dope rapper as well. I would love to collab with him and release a track or a project in the near future.

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