We had the good fortune of connecting with Sophia Montealegre and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sophia, what principle do you value most?
When I was younger, my mother would always repeat two quotes that really shaped my work ethic: “I don’t care what you do in life, as long as you give it 100% effort” and my brothers’ favorite “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” I truly believe that with the right attitude, passion, and their hardest effort anyone is capable of achieving their goals and dreams. Perseverance is the key to anyone’s success, no matter how exceptional a born talent is.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Growing up, I always faced a deep internal struggle with anxiety and depression. Art was my coping method, even before I understood what anxiety and depression were. It was an outlet that made life feel manageable for me. Even after I got help, art still fueled my passion and “purpose.” Having an artistic father, I was very fortunate to have inherited his talent and love for painting. I don’t think anything in life is easy, but I think we’re faced with the question: is the challenge worth it? When it comes to the dreams we yearn after the most, I think the answer should always be yes. I pour my heart and soul into my art and I hope one day I can inspire others close to me to do the same with their passions. The main takeaway for me was to get back up again, even when feeling absolutely discouraged and burnt out: to persevere.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In Miami I would say Wynwood of course, that’s the hotspot for going out at any time of the day or night. If you’re more of a daytime person like me I would definitely recommend renting a bike in Bayside and scoping out the sites/local bars and eateries. My friend introduced me to a cute vegan bar/farm called “Aguacate” a hidden gem in Miami worth checking out for sure.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I grew up in a blended family and I have so many people who have contributed to my dreams, so I’m very fortunate. I have three brothers, Chris, Liam and Sebastian and a wonderful sister, Nicole. All younger than me, they’re truly my foundation and my sanity. I have my two soul sisters, Ariana and Myranda. They’re my rock. I have wonderful parents, Elizabeth and Ryan who are probably more excited about my dreams than me – along with my father whom I inherited my love of art from, Noel. Lastly I have my aunt who has been like a second mother to me, Maria Augusta, along with my grandmothers “Yaya” and “Nini” who have always supported me unconditionally. It’s a lot, but like I said I’m very blessed and grateful in that department.

Website: https://sophpaintsart.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sophpaintsart/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sophpaintsart

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