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Today we’d like to introduce you to Sophie Grimm.

Sophie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in a performing family. My mom and dad had a “showband” that was on the road for 20 years and had four kids. All of my family has influenced me throughout my life, but in 2006 I made my way to Chicago for my own artistic journey, starting at Roosevelt’s Chicago College of Performing Arts’ Theatre Conservatory. I took a year’s leave from school when my family went on the road for a 39-city tour but returned to school to graduate in 2011. Ever since I’ve set up camp at Chicago and call it home as an actress, vocalist and resident.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I believe in the healing, life-giving power as well as the importance of the performing arts and try to shoot for that every time I perform. As an actor, I want to bring consciousness to whatever my character’s reality is for an audience helping them practice empathy while in a safe space where they get to observe but don’t have to judge – it’s make-believe after all! And as a musician, I hope my voice and art create joy, calm and memorable moments. I wish to create an atmosphere where we don’t think about anything else, to “make time stand still” as they say. I am a subscriber to the concept that time is made up and we only have whatever moment we are in or the memories of what has been, so why not make the most of it!

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
As someone who has been a performer on stage and in studio since birth, I have noticed that people so much of the time believe that artists can’t do it and are surprised whenever anyone “makes it big” but the truth in my case anyway is that these professionals are just that, professionals making a lifelong career. We are just different in appearances from doctors or lawyers but work as many hours and just as hard for just as long with a keen sense of time and money management, along with self-care in response to the world of auditioning and taking on characters who usually have had trauma, as well as the day-to-day of being a working actor and musician.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I keep my website (www.sophiegrimm.com) and Facebook Page (Sophie Grimm) updated for the most part but you can always email sophie@sophiegrimm.com to get on the newsletter or to inquire about upcoming bookings or availability. Commissioning art is also work I partake in as an organizer and performer if writers, coaches, or performing artists are needed for education or entertainment purposes.

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Colleen Raye & Vasily Deris

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