Sophie Meissner (16) has been around sets and filmmaking ever since she can remember — her mother (Filmmaker Heidi Philipsen) went to film school when she was nine-months-old.
As a child, Sophie loved both theater and film. She performed 37 professional theater performances as “The Balloon Girl” in the Equity Theater Capital Rep in Albany, New York, when she was just nine-years-old, and auditioned and got roles in music videos (“Sacriledge” by the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs), web series (“eScape”), industrials (“Simple Three Video”) and films, (“Her Telling Heart,” “Thirsty,” “Cold in July,” “Asher,” Growing Up Smith” and, most recently “Darcy”).
But it wasn’t her family moved abroad to Hamburg, Germany, where Sophie felt out of place and struggled to find her voice in a foreign language (German) at a foreign school (a German high school) — that she found her creative voice… in Chemistry Class (of all things).
When she brought her first short script home, her mother read it and said, “Sophie – you have a talent! Let’s turn this into a film.”
And KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, SWEET PEA was born.
Sophie is grateful to Women in Film &Television Germany in Hamburg for their support and all of the film professionals who came on board to mentor her along the way. And she dedicates this film to all those teens who, like her, have known what it feels like to not fit in, question your place in this world, and wonder how to stay grounded when the everything is constantly changing and new.
Keep you head up, Sweet Peas – it DOES get better!