Sophia Somerville, Social Media Coordinator

Photo by Jacob Sutherland

Photo by Jacob Sutherland

Sophia Somerville is the answer to our internet dreams! As Social Media Coordinator, she has an eye for amazing and is witty as hell. We love how she internets, not to mention the love she brings to our Slack group. 

What do you do?

I am a writer, yoga teacher, & Make Nice’s social media co-ordinator (I know, how’d I get so lucky?) I also work full time in admin at a small Creative Agency in Sydney.

Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?

I try on different words alot, as little mantras. Lately I’ve been ruminating on the word ‘pleasure,’ because I want to make it more of an integral part of my work and life. To make the process of making things and day-to-day living more pleasurable.

What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?

Moving to Melbourne in 2011 for three years on a whim to study a BA in Creative Writing, have an adventure and generally escape my life in Sydney.

Completing my 200-hour yoga teacher training at Sukha Mukha Yoga in 2014.

Working at Pana Chocolate as a Sydney Manager last year. It was my first experience in a leadership position and in an all-female workplace, and I fricken loved it - the women I worked with there continue to be some of my biggest inspirations and dearest friends. It also opened up my interest in small business, and crystallised my desire to create a business of my own one day. (The chocolate itself was also fairly life-changing).

What projects do you have in the pipeline?

I’m going to be teaching restorative yoga classes soon. Restorative is my secret yoga love, it’s something I always return to as a balm for anxiety. It’s pretty great. I’m excited to share it with more people.

What is your dream project?

To create an all- female co-working space in Sydney, a la The Wing.

What places are important to you?

It depends on what I am working on as to what space I want to work in. My life of late has been quite nomadic, so I’ve become good at finding my own nooks in cafes and bars (The cafe at AGNSW & Arcadia are current favourites for writing) or other people’s homes. My boyfriend’s backyard is all astroturf, with this majestic tree growing in the middle of it, and it is weirdly perfect for practice-teaching my yoga classes. In general I like spaces that are light, quiet and have wifi - but every now and then I like a rowdy room to be invisible in.

Difficult People

Difficult People

What’s something surprising about you, that we might not know?

I fell over on the d-floor at a party last month and knocked out my front tooth.

Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?

I do. I mean, for one I work at Make Nice - a community that has opened up an incredible network of women, who are so open to sharing their experiences, and who answer and  all kinds of questions. I feel this wonderful, snowballing sense of support and real sisterhood amongst the women I know, meet and work with. All my friends are working on totally different things, whether it be comedy, design, writing, studying, painting,  yoga teaching--and I love that we all have similar questions in the end, and are able to help each other out. And that’s what the Make Nice community is - a giant, global version of that!

Can you share a creative experience that you have found defining?

Live performance does it for me every time. I once saw a Bell Shakespeare production of As You Like It three times - as a twelve year old, by myself, because for some reason I just HAD to. It was directed by Lindy Davies. It was like this magnetic thing I had with that particular production. I was also very moved by Joanna Newsom’s performance at The Opera House last January. It inspired me in a way I can’t really describe.

How can we find our more about your work?

Website - sophiasomerville.com

Insta - @sophiasomerville

Twitter - @SophiaSomervill

Who would you most like to answer these questions next?  

Yvette Coppersmith! She is an incredible artist and dear friend who I met in Melbourne. She did a portrait of me and my step-sister’s dog, and we’ve been close ever since.  

Portrait of Sophia with Lulu by Yvette Coppersmith

Portrait of Sophia with Lulu by Yvette Coppersmith

Photo by Elize Strydom

Photo by Elize Strydom

 

What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?

It’s not exactly advice, but I have always felt a strong urgency to follow what interests me. When I was five, I became very sad one day in the car watching this older man whose job it was to collect people’s parking ticket payments as you left the shopping centre car park (remember when an actual human being did that?) I remember turning to my Mum, very concerned, and asking ‘can I please have an interesting life?’ and she told me of course I could. If I’ve ever been unhappy in a job or relationship or whatever, I have always returned to this moment, and it has helped me give myself the best advice on where to go next.

What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?

Watching Difficult People, a series written by one of my favourite comedians, Julie Klausner. It stars Klausner along with Billy Eichner as struggling comics and friends in New York. It’s the best.

Listening to Lizzo. Her music is amazing to dance/strut/saunter to.

Jenny Slate’s instagram is a constant source of cosiness & inspiration.

Lizzo

Lizzo

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