Sophia Reid-Gantzert’s Confidence Tips

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In this BIT: Teen actress and ballerina Sophia Reid-Gantzert shares her confidence tips and advice on how to deal with change.

Sophia Reid-Gantzert is a 13-year-old award-winning actress and ballerina. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, but along with her family currently lives in France. Sophia Reid-Gantzert’s acting work includes the show Murder & Mayhem, 8-Bit Christmas alongside Neil Patrick Harris, and the TV series The Babysitters Club. Sophia has also received two Joey Awards. Despite all her accomplishments and fame, Sophia still experiences many of the same emotions and feelings that most teenagers do – especially when it comes to confidence. In this interview, she shares her advice on comparing yourself to others, not feeling good enough, and how she has become more confident.

SBOH: You are a very young and accomplished actress and ballerina. So many teens and tweens look up to you and may think that all of your successes come easily and without struggles. Statistics show that 7 out of 10 girls believe that they are not good enough; they question their performance at school, doubt their friendships, and more. Do you ever doubt your abilities, compare yourself to others, or feel like you’re not good enough? If yes how do you move past these feelings?

Sophia Reid-Gantzert: Acting is competitive and you have to deal with a lot of rejection, so it’s very hard not to doubt yourself or your abilities when you don’t get hired for a role. I try to tell myself that it’s nothing personal against me and that there’s always a reason for something not happening/happening. 

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SBOH: What are your top 3 tips for teens to feel more confident about themselves?

1. Everyone is beautiful in their own way so don’t listen to the beauty standards that social media and tv shows have created.

2. Be yourself and the right people will come around. You don’t want to surround yourself with people that make you feel bad about yourself. 

3. Wear clothes that make YOU feel happy and confident!  Don’t worry about the fashion trends.  

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SBOH: Do you have any family activities that you enjoy doing together?

My family and I love having movie nights! Even if we don’t do it as often as we used to, it’s still something I really look forward to. 

SBOH: Many teens and tweens experience major life changes, such as moving schools, homes, or dealing with parental divorce. How was your experience with major life changes, such as moving from Canada to England, and now living in France?

I think the hardest thing for me was having to make new friends every time we moved and not being able to see the existing friends that I had. Making friends is really hard, especially as you get older. When we moved to France I was going to the school near where I lived. Kids would try talking to me but I was more of a “I just wanna read my book”  kind of person and it was really hard to break out of that mindset and start socializing with people 

SBOH: What are your aspirations for the future? Is there anything new coming up that you could like to share with us?

My goals for the future is just to stay positive and keep acting!  I feel like teens are so pressured by teachers and parents to have their future all planned out. I try to live in the moment, even though it’s really hard not to stress about things like that sometimes. As for upcoming projects I just finished filming two! Popular Theory and Career Opportunities in Murder and Mayhem (hulu)! So keep your eyes peeled for those!!! 

SBOH: What gives you a small bit of happiness everyday?

Opening my curtains when I wake up. It sounds weird but whether it’s a rainy day or a sunny one I love seeing the sky and trees before I start my day. I think we all take the sky and nature for granted. I mean it’s hard not to, especially with social media and other things being so entertaining. I won’t lie, I struggle with being addicted to my phone sometimes, but it’s something I’m trying to work on! 

Sophia Reid-Gantzert in "Scaredy Cats".

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SBOH: Do you have words you live by or an inspirational quote?

“Everything happens for a reason” . It’s simple, but meaningful. It’s something I tell myself at least once a day. Whether it’s something that you wanted to happen that didn’t or the other way around, I think it’s something everyone needs to remind themselves. 

SBOH: What food gives you a small bit of happiness?

There is a lot of food that brings me happiness. I think pasta is by far my favorite though. I always get excited when I find out we are having pasta for dinner. 

*This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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