Our third (incredibly, super-talented) Ones to Watch for May is Sophia Del Pizzo...

Can you introduce yourself and your creative work/interests?

Hello! I’m Sophia Del Pizzo, I’m an actor mainly in TV and Film but also a bit of live comedy, stand up, improv fringe theatre etc.

I’m also a writer currently working on a one woman show and also a full length play as I’m currently a member of the Soho Theatre Youth Company.

I see a LOT of theatre and comedy, 2/3 shows a week sometimes.

Reading this back I’m realising why I haven’t been on holiday for 3 years. But the variety keeps things interesting!

What are you currently working on?

So I recently premiered my one woman show, 'Assmonkey: In Conversation' at the Rosemary Branch Theatre which went really well, I had great feedback and it was incredibly fun.

I’m now hoping to take it to the Vaults and Edinburgh next year but I’m also considering a short run before then.

I’m extremely excited to be headlining the comedy showcase at the awesome Brainchild festival which is a hub of theatre, arts and music, check it out if you’ve never heard of it and get yourself a ticket!

I’ve got a film premiering at the BFI London Film festival this year so I can’t wait to share that with everyone.

I’m also hoping to be leading workshops with Little Inventors for children and encouraging them to invent and create, so I’m really excited about that.

As a member of the Soho Theatre young company, we’ve been writing a full length play and meet up with the staff 1/2 times a month for guidance and mentoring.

I just got the feedback for my first draft which was incredibly insightful, the whole team there is incredibly exciting but it’s up to us to truly put the work in.

So much work in fact I’ve downloaded a bunch of apps to block websites that I procrastinate on, let me tell you they’re a god send! Productivity tip for y’all there.

Generally I divide my time to trying to improve my show, the play and also writing comedy, I like to be always loaded with material, it’s good to be prepared right?

Also I have a little role in a great new sci-fi show for TV which is very exciting but I can’t tell you any more about that or I might get fired.

What are your future creative ambitions?

Taking the beast that is 'Assmonkey' in Edinburgh and Vaults next year for sure. I have started writing a TV comedy, I know how hard it is for writers to get their shows made, often it is just down to pure luck, but the dream would be for that to get made, and for me to be in it of course.

What advice would you give people aspiring to work in a similar creative field?

Keep working, find a job that gives you the money you need but also enough time to work on your passion.

I learnt how to design on Photoshop and Illustrator, pretty much self-taught, just to support my acting and writing and now I can do that as and when freelance work comes in which has been paramount to me having the time and money to work on my own stuff.

There’s so much rejection, I can’t even pretend to say that it gets easier because it’ll never be easy. If you’re an actor or writer or both, do your thing, your casting, your pitch, whatever then move on and don’t look back.

It’s often not personal and there is no point guessing why something didn’t go your way because there are thousands of reasons why.

I’m slowly learning that and it helps!

Do you need some Photoshop or Illustrator work done, or just curious abou the Sci-fi TV show she's due to appear in? Either way, you can find out more about Sophia by following her on Hiive.


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