Isabella Soto - California Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Alicia Soto Photography by Holly Ireland Photography Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Isabella Soto is a smart, charismatic, very hardworking girl. She not only believes in herself but believes in others too. She has been dancing competitively for 4 years now and modeling for almost a year. She has a strong passion for both dance and modeling. These are outlets for her, a way for her to release whatever she is feeling at that moment. She sets goals for herself and works hard to achieve them, no matter what it takes. She is a good student and maintains excellent grades even with a hectic dance and modeling schedule. I am very proud of the strong and independent woman she is becoming.
Tell us about your life being a dancer. It started out as a hobby when I was 7. I took one Jazz class and fell in love. The following year I added Hip Hop and then my 3rd year decided I wanted to try out for the competition team and made it. Since then I have never looked back. It is a huge passion of mine. I love getting on stage and performing. I have been dancing for 6 years now and have competed 4 of those. I train in Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Pointe, ACRO and Contemporary. Contemporary being my favorite.
What is it like being a model? It's very rewarding and a lot of fun. I have met so many beautiful and talented models/dancers from modeling. It does require hard work and dedication. Some photo shoots are early morning and can last hours, some are shorter. It just depends on what the goal of the photographer is. Photographers also love for you to come prepared, meaning ready to start shooting by having your dance poses in mind prior. If you were not a dancer or a model, what would you be doing? A photographer
When you create goals for yourself, what are some ways you achieve them? I write them down to start. Having them visible on paper helps me to stay focused. I then figure out what it takes to reach that goal. After I have all this written down, I start working towards it and I don’t stop until I have succeeded.
What is the hardest thing you’ve every accomplished, and how did you do it? The hardest thing I ever accomplished was my first dance Solo. I have been on stage many times before, but it was with my teammates. Having to get on stage by self was terrifying but with the love, support and encouragement of my mom, teacher, sweet friend and teammate, I was able to walk out with confidence and perform.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? The best advice I give is the same advice my mom gave me and that is always believe in yourself and stay true to who you are. Work hard, be honest, be kind and never give up on your dreams.
How do you keep yourself organized with everything you have on your plate? Another trait I have learned from my mom is our daily schedule that we stick to like glue. We have learned straying from it is not a good thing. Our schedule is a little more relaxed during my off season from competition,
In school, what is your favorite subject and why? Language Arts because I love reading, writing and grammar.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future? I see myself continuing to model and acting What is your favorite activity or pastime that wasn’t in your nomination? Going to the trampoline park
3 Things on your bucket list – Go to Australia, Meet Misty Copeland, and skydiving
Who do you find inspiring? Misty Copeland because despite the struggles she faced when she was young, she pushed through, worked hard and never gave up on her dreams.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? I would say my hard work, dedication, support of others and being kind.
Isabella will be featured in Issue 25 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!