The craft of witchery
So, it appears that COVID is over, and things are getting back to normal, whatever that means. For me life has changed, and somethings have remained the same. I am still happily married, and I can honestly say we are closer than we’ve ever been. I think that the people who are married and make it through transition wind up with a stronger and closer relationship. I also no longer take being married for granted. I really do love my wife; I just wish I would have known then what I know now.
On the work front I have started a new profession, but I can’t say what it is yet but it’s exciting and new. The movie stuff has ground to a halt during COVID. We had a little spirt at the end of this past year. I can be seen on “Mayfair Witches” on AMC, season one episode six. The show has been renewed for a second season. I am excited and have a possibility of coming back. I can also be seen on “Your Honor” on Showtime.
Ann Rice’s Immortal World is happening and should have all LGBT people excited about the series because we are part of that universe. If you read Ann Rice’s books from the 1970s forward you will see us throughout them. Ann got upset when Hollywood used Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire. If you watched the new series based on Lestat, you will notice he is gay, which is how he was originally portrayed by Rice.
The exciting part of being on “The Mayfair Witches” is there are several other transgender people on the show. And the biggest thing about it is we just happen to be transgender. Our characters are not gender specific which I find to be a very big deal.
When I audition for “Mayfair,” I was selected to play the part of the Ghost Tour Guide. We were scheduled to shoot on May 26th, after everything was locked, I was to be in Jamacia on the May 30th through June 8th. A couple of weeks before the shoot date I was informed that production was pushed to June 2nd. My heart sank because I would be out the country and had to turn down the part. They recast Victoria Patenaude, which was a good choice. I thought I was just out. Then I got a couple of more auditions for the series which was nice. Then my agent contacted me that I was being offered the role of Beth Mayfair if I wanted it. That is always exciting, especially since I had not auditioned for it. The Your Honor role, which is small, was also cast without an audition. This means two different casting directors like me enough and were willing to give me roles without auditions.
The filming of “The Mayfair Witch” was very special for me. First, I was able to film with my daughter, who was on the crew. Working with family on a big show was special and I was proud of her. The second reason I was excited there were other cast members who were transgender during this shoot. Jen Richards has a major part in the series, and it was nice to work with her. I am happy for her and hope we make everyone proud. We are making inroads in the film industry and just hope it continues. But not all film people who are LGB like the T but that is a different discussion for another article.
So welcome back and I hope I can keep up with my writing given my new profession. As always Love, Peace, and Light – Sophie.
Sophie Marie White, married with three kids, is a native of South Louisiana. She draws from her varied experiences as a writer, filmmaker, producer, Director of Photography, Chiropractor, EMT, firefighter, race car driver, and boxing promoter to inspire her acting and writing. She has been active in the film industry for the past 18 plus years.
Sophie began acting a little over a year ago. Since then she has been cast in several feature films, including Hummingbird and We All Think We Are Special. Sophie was also cast in several TV series including Tell Me Your Secrets and top of show, guest-starring role, on Chicago Med. In her first year and a half of acting, she has been cast in 3 television series, 14 movies, and 1 play.
She is also a syndicated writer, who writes on transgender issues in and outside the film industry. Her screenplays have won the ISA New Orleans Writers Award 2017 and have placed at Table Read My Screenplay (New Orleans, London, and Sundance), Final Draft Fellowship, ISA Fast-track Fellowship, and New York International Fright Fest.
Films she has produced from her screenplays have won or placed at numerous film festivals including AMFM, London Independent Awards, Imagination Lunchbox, and New Zealand Film Awards, just to name a few. She has even watched one of her produced films in the White House.
Sophie is a transgender female, and with her family, she’s making her way through the complicated transition process. She brings a unique voice that is extremely under-represented in the film and television industry. Her desire to share her journey will hopefully show others that there is hope, and they are not alone. Sophie tries to live up to her motto of love, light, and peace.