Tuesday, April 8, 2008
WE GIRL - QUEEN SOPHIA
Often called The Caribbean Queen, Sophia who is from the beautiful island of Jamaica is the second youngest of seven children. Her family unit has been a vital part of her existence, serving as the foundation of her perseverance through life’s many challenges.Sophia resided in Queens, NY for approximately ten years. During her time in NY City, she cultivated her craft as an entertainer. She attended numerous Theater Arts programs and pounded the pavement of NYC experiencing all that she could get her hands on. Sophia immediately became known for her versatility.
It all started when she accompanied her cousin to an audition for Parent Magazine when she was eleven years old. Sophia tells the story…
“I didn’t even know what an audition was at that age. I just wanted to hang out with my cousin. I remember standing in the hallway trying to peek through the crack of the door to see what was going on. The photographer saw me and came out and said hello. Long story short, I ended up booking the print job for Parents Magazine. I was so excited about knowing that I was going to be in a magazine, but I didn’t want to rub it in my cousin’ face and so I down played it. I didn’t realize that this was the start of my career, but after doing this shoot, I fell in love with being in front of the camera and couldn’t wait for the next shoot.”
Before Sophia was even a teenager she had already booked roles on Young & The Restless, As the World Turns, Ghost Writer. She said one of her most memorable experiences growing up was working with Lauren Hill and Aretha Franklin. The shoot was for a music video entitled “A Rose is still A Rose.”
Devoted to her aspirations, at the age of seventeen Sophia relocated to Los Angeles. She enrolled in acting school and landed roles on ER, Malcolm & Eddie, Moesha, Felicity and City Guys, just to name a few. Three years later she moved to Atlanta. When asked why she left she smiled and said, “The Hollywood scene was not my cup of tea, if you know what I mean. I have morals and integrity. When I realized that was being compromised it was not a very difficult decision for me to make. I knew that I would be blessed because of my decision regardless of where I decided to move. I wanted to test new waters and I love it here.”
Since her transition, Sophia has been featured on Good Day Atlanta three times. She represented Maybelline Cosmetics, Mac Cosmetics and FUBU. She has also filmed several commercials including Verizon Wireless, Continental Hotels, WBLS, and Greenville Technical Institute. Some of her print campaign jobs include, Oprah Magazine, Essence Magazine, Instyle Magazine, Coors Light, Russell Athletics and many more. She said one of her most interesting shoots was for a cartoon on the Cartoon Network called ‘Frisky Dingo’. “They had to shoot me doing about fifty different facial expressions. Then they transformed my face to make it look animated, creating the character, “Mercy Moreno.”
Despite Sophia’s busy schedule she is also a business woman. She is the owner of a successful Trucking Company in Georgia called Yashar Trucking. She laughs saying, “No, I don’t drive the trucks!” She is involved in a number of different investments and is also owns a Travel Agency. I asked Sophia what she does with the little free time she does have. “Well, I love music, especially reggae of course. I even studied Audio Engineering in school for a while. But no one told me math was involved and I really dislike math and so the rest is history!!! I also love baseball. I enjoy travelling to different games and leagues. I am definitely still on the grind and you will be seeing a lot more of me, but I am also enjoying life with the amazing family that I have been blessed with.
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