Meet This Girl Sophia Eckerle
On her background
I am a California native - I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I went to the University of Southern California and recently graduated with a degree in film studies and music industry. I loved being at a school where I could combine so many of my interests into my academic study. I always knew I wanted to parlay my passion for studying film and history into my future career, so I worked through school to put myself in a position where I could land a job at a studio, which has always been my long-term goal!
On what she’s up to now
This is my second year working at Warner Bros. Studios. I began work at Warner Bros. as an Executive Assistant in the Marketing department, and recently moved up to the Trainee program in the Post-Production department. In my new role, I work closely with various executives in managing film budgets and productions, as well as dealing with all day to day aspects of the editorial process. I love that the administrative skills I learned in my first job set me on a path of advancement within the studio.
On the most exciting aspect of her job
I am thrilled every day to work at a studio that has produced such incredible and storied content in its history. I feel the power of that each day when I step onto the Warner Bros. lot. I am grateful to benefit from the expertise of those I work with who are older than me and help guide and teach me every single day.
My coworkers care deeply about film and this world and that is obvious in their work. Their passion, untinged by cynicism, allows for a creative and dynamic environment that is electrifying.
On the most difficult aspect of her job
I think the trickiest thing about my job is how technical it can be - it's overwhelming to realize just how many pieces need to be put together to make a film! I am learning new skills from scratch, and they are skills that are going to launch me forward in my career. Each day I learn a bit more about how future projects are chosen, the different ways to build budgets, and the many technological developments that are changing the way that films are made. Each challenge is an opportunity to learn something new, and that’s what excites me the most.
On the biggest challenge she has encountered so far
I think in any company with a long-established corporate structure, adjusting to a new job without much background knowledge of the company minutiae can be daunting. It takes time to feel comfortable in a new environment, and even more time to build a career. I have to constantly remind myself that nothing happens overnight! With a dedication, drive, and heaps of hard work, each step you take moves you closer towards the career you've been dreaming of.
On a rule she tries to live by
I live by the rule that "the more you learn, the less you know.” I have found this to be both important and true in all regards so far in my life. Furthermore, living by this rule inspires me to always listen carefully because I know there is always something I can learn something from every person I encounter.
On what inspires her
Passionate people inspire me. I am lucky to be surrounded by people who care deeply about the many nuances of their lives, which is something I had never been exposed to before. Watching my friends and coworkers demonstrate their passion is inspiring, because even if it is something I am not familiar with, their excitement is infectious.
On how she recharges
With such a busy schedule, I know it's important to give myself time to withdraw into myself and recharge. I make sure to spend this time outdoors. I find that exploring something new in nature is the best way for me to feel peaceful. I also enjoy reading a good book. I like both fiction and non-fiction works.
On a woman that inspires her
I wholeheartedly look up to my mom. She taught me that empathy and kindness are two of the most valuable things in the world. As I get older, I have begun to see how her gentle nature shaped who I am today. She is insanely tough and can withstand anything. I can only hope to be as strong as her one day.
On where she sees herself in five years
In five years, I hope to have built a career that I am proud. I want to build strong relationships with colleagues that will carry me through the rest of my working life. I also hope to be challenged and intellectually stimulated every day.
On something she would still like to learn
I would love to learn a second language. I took classes in high school, but I have not been able to devote as much time to that pursuit as I would like now that I am no longer in school. I think that re-committing myself to learning another language on my own would be incredibly rewarding.
On an accomplishment she is proud of
I recently ran a half-marathon! I am proud of myself for setting a goal and following through.
On a recent lesson she’s learned
Holding on to unnecessary stress is a good way to mentally overexert yourself. That's what I would tell anyone who is working on something that is really pushing them. Things can be both extremely difficult and enjoyable. Allow yourself to have fun and enjoy the journey!
On the best piece of advice she ever received
The best advice I ever received was to fail, and then fail again. Since failure is inevitably always on the table in every endeavor worth taking, it is also worth evaluating. Each misstep is an opportunity to move forward with more precision and a renewed understanding of what it is you are trying to accomplish.
On the worst piece of advice she ever received
I think the worst advice I ever received was “block out the world and only focus on your work.” I find that so much inspiration and support can be received from those around me that the insular nature of this advice could be a hindrance.
On the biggest challenge women face today
Women, now and always, have had to live with the reality that their contributions to society might not be recognized as equal to those of their male counterparts. They are narrowed by unfair definitions to their womanhood - too little, not enough, too much of this, etc. It is singularly painful to see women, women who inspire to do whatever it is that they choose to do, detracted in this way. The most important thing we can do for womenkind is lift one another up and wholly recognizing each woman’s innate spirit and power by saying "I see you and I accept you for all that you are".
Her advice to a girl on her way
I would tell a fellow girl on her way up to meet as many people as she possibly can. Take every meeting, introduce yourself to new people, and put yourself forward. When you do, I promise you the world will open up in remarkable ways.