In Episode 244, Trev and AJ chat about how far to go with ‘physicality’ in auditions, as well as share their thoughts on how to advertise a freelance agent relationship, what it means (or doesn’t mean) to be a ‘late bloomer’ in the industry, and why it’s always smart to pay a commission – even on work they didn’t book for you. Then Trev sits down for the third and final part of his chat with actress and filmmaker Sophia Savage to round out their conversation on her creative journey and process.
“I am very much Type-A and do a lot of homework in pre-production. But the reason I do that is so I can get on set and throw it away.”
In the third and final part of my chat with Sophia, we talk magic.
Not “magic” in a word, per se, but the magic that’s possible in art making. The unexpected opportunities that come sniffing around when the right people come together, throw all their homework out the window, and play.
As Sophia puts it:
“When you cast your film well, when you choose the right location, and you give your actors what they really need and none of what they don’t, the improv is the most magical part.”
From essentially shooting two versions of her film Empyrean over the course of a week – one scripted, one improvised – to taking over in the editing room and lopping a full 11 minutes off the initial cut, Sophia works by way of both meticulous preparation and attention to detail, and via the free-flowing call of instinct.
In the end, the film she released was a film that part of her feared people wouldn’t ‘get’ – even if the central theme is decidedly universal. But opting for silence over dialogue, for metaphor over exposition, for the uncertain magic of improvisation over months of laborious script-writing, the work she creates is work that resonates with the only person that matters.
This third and final part of our chat rounds out a full conversation about fear, about doing the work, and about trust and instinct. About catharsis, about the purpose of art, and about dancing with life’s plot twists.
And above all, it’s a conversation about the economy of the soul. Because at the end of the day, the only thing that makes a lasting difference is you – you and the work you make to hang your hat on… until the next thing.
Hope you dig it.
P.S. The full, unedited interview with Sophia is now available for download, exclusively inside the Membership.
Connect with Sophia:
- SavageSophia.com (Writer/Director/Actor)
- SophiaSavage.net (Model)
- Empyrean (Short Film)
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