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Life and Work with Sof Puchley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sof Puchley.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sof. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started my journey at a very young age. My parents put me in singing classes and I just fell in love. Performing made me the happiest kid, and I never wanted to stop. I started doing community theatre and taking acting classes. It was my sophomore year of high school that I decided that I wanted to be a professional actor. I was not getting the training or creative freedom at my all girls catholic school, so my junior year I switched to Idyllwild Arts Academy. Going to an arts boarding school definitely solidified that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. My senior year I auditioned for sixteen of the best drama schools in the US and England, and I was thrilled to be accepted into The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. I had the most amazing three years living in England and attending one of the best conservatories in the country. Going to LIPA shaped me as an artist, I grew more in those three years than I have in my entire life. In 2018, I graduated with my BA(HONS) Acting degree and got a kiss on the cheek from non-other than Sir Paul McCartney (the founder of our school). I moved back to LA that October, and have been hustling ever since. I am still very new to the industry, and I can not wait to see where my journey will take me.

Has it been a smooth road?
My journey has not been an easy one. I am continually humbled. I have faced countless amounts of rejection in this industry. My entire life I have always had to work extremely hard for everything I have achieved. I have had to prove that I belong in the room. I dealt with a lot of bullying throughout middle school and high school. I was always made to feel bad for being who I am. I am so grateful that when I got to University, I was surrounded by the most wonderful nurturing and creative souls. They truly healed my heart and I would not be the person or artist I am today without them. The best advice I can give other women who are just starting their journeys is to be a cheerleader for other women. I truly believe in the power of sisterhood. Find a community of like-minded women who will support you and build you up. That has truly been my saving grace in an industry that constantly reminds women we are not enough. My second piece of advice is always be kind. There are so many people that are going to try to tear you down in this business. Don’t become hardened and bitter. Kill em with kindness.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
As a classically trained actor, I have had a very well rounded training experience. I have studied improv, physical theatre, clowning, musical theatre, acting for the camera, etc. My first Equity acting job was understudying Bianca in Taming of the Shrew at OPFT in Chicago. I love the classics, and training in England gave me an even deeper love for them. Since moving back to LA in October, I have booked multiple non-union commercials, the lead in “This is not a drill” with SkyPiliot Theatre, three indie films, and became a Disney entertainment Cast Member. I am known for either playing very quirky comedic characters or dark and vulnerable roles. I am most proud of the opportunities I have created for myself. Being an actor in Los Angeles means you are in one of the most competitive industries in the world. You can’t sit back and wait for opportunities to fall into your lap. You have to go out there and make them or create them! I believe that is what sets me apart from others. My unique training experience, my worldly background, and my unrelenting passion for my craft.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
One of my favourite podcasts right now is called Sluts and Scholars. It is a sex-positive podcast run by two amazing women. It really encourages the exploration of female sexuality-and breaks the stigma that women are not as sexual as men. As an artist, it is so important for me to be in tune with my body, mind, and soul. Sluts and Scholars help me with that. I also love reading or watching anything with Brené Brown, she is such an inspiring woman and her book “Daring Greatly” has truly helped me embrace my venerability which has ultimately helped me become a better human being and actor.

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Evan Brightfeild, Kim Hardy, AB Photography

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