Today we’d like to introduce you to Sonya Styles.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’m a 15 year old actress, content creator and YouTuber. I’ve always loved being in front of the camera and was interested in the creative process. At the age of 12, I started my YouTube channel and Instagram. I started learning and researching about editing and the elements of content creating while practicing, recording and uploading videos.
Every day I tried to improve my videos and it became a part of my daily life. Sometime later, I got noticed and was invited to shoot for a commercial. I decided to widen my opportunities and started taking acting classes and signed up with self-submission sites, soon I started booking jobs. That was when I discovered the world of acting and it became my passion. But one day, I found myself in a situation where I couldn’t fit in regular school, social media and acting all together. Luckily my parents seeing my serious determination and always supporting me, came to an agreement to transfer me to an online school. Till this day, I’m still my growing my social media and doing everything in my power to succeed in the entertainment industry.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I wish I could say it was a smooth road and everything came easily, but as always, there are complications. When I decided I wanted to try out different content, it was like I was starting all over and building everything block by block and gaining a new audience. Meanwhile, I had high hopes for acting especially after being invited to work on multiple projects, but I was soon to face the truth of rejection. There were moments where I was waiting for that phone to ring and it never did, which of course was demotivating at times especially when I wanted something so bad and couldn’t do anything about it but keep going and hoping for the best. I always tell myself that this is the path I chose and it’s a long journey, and that is a part of being an artist.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
For now, I’m an actress and a content creator on social media. Later on, I want to pursue filmmaking while still working in front of the cameras. Since I love creating but also performing, I picture this as my ideal future.
Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
Of course my parents and family deserve credit and without them, it would be nearly impossible to have these opportunities and be able to do what I do today. My close friends also supported me on this journey and I’m really grateful to have them by my side. I would also give credit to the artists that inspire me, and all the actors and creative people I admire who bring life and positivity into the world.
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/sonya_styless?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCahZRBLCd7OfsjnCfPNsQTA
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