Interview with USPDF Gold Medalist Sophia Minx

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Destynnie

Hey everyone! We are here today with Sophia Minx, and she just won gold in USPDF New York – so we’re going to ask her a little bit about what it was like.

So, what made you apply?

Sophia

Well, just wanting to grow and wanting to challenge myself and do something different.

Like, a lot of people feel like that plateau at times, and I feel like I was feeling that, but like I had gotten better but I wanted to do something with it.

So, I knew about the competition and this just felt like the year to do it, and I had competed one time before at Pole Sport Organization in the Northeast competition in 2017. It was nice having some familiarity with the competition aspect so I think having done that before doing something like USPDF was a really good idea.

Destynnie

Yeah, that way, kind of the experience and “alright it’s time to do this, do this.”

Sophia

Yeah.

Destynnie

Was it similar to PSO?

Sophia

It was similar. So, I didn’t have as much preparation time as I thought I did with PSO ‘cause you can sort of apply any time for the PSO, so you can give yourself more or less time depending on whether you decide to do it, but for the USPDF, they have deadlines for submissions and then songs and everything – and then those deadlines only really gave us a little under four months this time.

So it’s, you know, around late December that you find out, and then the competition is around early April. So, whether or not you’ve been planning – it’s different for everyone – but I had an idea. [laughs]

Destynnie

You kind of knew what you were going for. [laughs] How did you choose your level? What level did you compete in?

Sophia

I think USPDF made it really easy to sort of allocate yourself in a level.

The way that they broke it down was more or less move-based, so I saw myself leaning toward amateur – but then when I saw some of the required moves, I realized that out of a few of them, there was one I couldn’t do which is the No-Hand Jade Split. I’m man enough – woman enough – to admit it, that I couldn’t do it.

[both laugh]

Knowing myself, I just didn’t want to spend all that time focusing to get one move when I just want to have a good time with  it, I wanted to have fun, and I don’t want to stress myself out, so you know, in making that decision for myself it was easy. I said, you know, Novice, Sexy – obviously – Level Two.

So, they have Level One and Two, and I felt that I was at level two, sort of edging that line of amateur, but still not really being quite there yet.

Destynnie

Mm-hmm.

Sophia

It was pretty easy, once they gave the guidelines that they gave, it was pretty straight-forward to me, like that’s it.

Destynnie

Yeah, and then that’s pretty clear, giving you straight-forward: “Here, if you can do this move, then you should go in this category.”

Sophia

Exactly, it was really helpful. They had a lot of great information just overall as a competitor, like, props to them, they made the process fairly easy.

Destynnie

That’s awesome. What was the application process like? Once you decided what level, where did you go from there?

Sophia

So, they give you the guidelines sort of that they’re looking for for the submission video, which mine I think was 2 minutes 12 seconds, so if I’m recalling it, it had to be maybe between 2:10, or 2:30 – or 2:20.

It was really not a lot of time, so you know, you want to plan something but there’s not a lot of time to plan and you also just kind of want to exhibit. You don’t really know what they’re looking for at that point, so you just kind of roll the dice and try a couple of things – and so that’s what I did.

I just kind of freestyled to a couple of songs that really inspire me and make me move. I did that, and then you submit the video, you have to upload it on YouTube, and then you send them the link, I think – or they look it up for you – I can’t remember, but you have to send something about your video so they can find it, and then within a few weeks, they give you the response. I got mine on Christmas Day, which was amazing! Best gift in the world!

Destynnie

[laughs] Best Christmas gift!

Sophia

But, I mean, honestly, being accepted was just an honor, and, to have even gotten that, I was just on cloud nine. I was living in it, and then the high came down and I realized I had a competition coming up, so I was like alright, balls to the walls! [laughs]

Destynnie

Yeah, it’s not a ton of time. [laughs]

Sophia

Not a ton of time to revel in that one success, but still, it just felt so great, it was really cool – and they give you feedback too, which is awesome. So, that sort of follows up on how, you know, they’re really helpful and trying to get you as best prepared for the competition as possible.

They give you sort of review of your submission video and having that, I feel like it was really, really helpful because you have insight into what the judges were thinking and a little bit more of what they’re looking for overall as a competition.

It was just really nice, and to take the time to do that, I mean, for all the submission videos, must have been pretty wild. So, yeah, props to that.

Destynnie

Yeah, that’s incredible, even taking the time for the submission videos like you said.

Sophia

Oh, yeah.

Destynnie

That gives you such a better idea of what they want.

Sophia

It was really nice.

Destynnie

So, did you have to choose your song before you submitted it, or was it after the submission video?

Sophia

It was after the submission video. So, this was a common question too, a lot of girls were wondering if your submission video had to be the song you were going to use in the competition – no. Give me whatever song you want – but they do comment on the song that you choose. They had feedback on the song that I chose, and I’m assuming for a lot of the other people.

Even supplemental, as I was mentioning, they had sort of an article outlining the general songs that they are looking for which was really helpful, again, sort of depending on what time of sexy you’re going for, or what type of theme you’re going for, you know: “this is sort of what we imagine when you’re doing a slow and sensual routine, and this is more of the badass, like debauchery, like ungh type of routine. This is the sort of music that we imagine going with that.”

Destynnie

So still submit something that is kind of in the style that you want to go for.

Sophia

Totally. It was nice having that.

Destynnie

Well, in that case, once you got the application that you were accepted, how did you choose the song you wanted to compete to?

Sophia

Oh, right, the song itself, I totally skated over that. [laughs]

So, I played around with a couple of songs and the sort of final on it happened on a wine-filled night with my friend Johanna – shout out, shout out. [laughs] I was just having a hard time deciding on where I wanted to go with my routine, and we sort of latched onto the idea of, you know, what’s my flow?

So, I put on a song and – no, that’s not the flow, and that’s not the flow – so eventually we landed on, which was a top runner anyway, the Fifty Shades of Grey remix of Crazy in Love by Beyonce. So sexy – so freakin’ sexy! But then you have to submit the song to make sure that no one else has chosen it, so that was a whole other like, anxious-ridden couple of days.

Destynnie

Did you have a timeline? Like, you had four months until the competition, but when did you have to submit the song by, ‘cause that can be tough.

Sophia

So, the song, to get it approved, you had to do it fairly early but then you still had until April 1st to submit the song itself.

Destynnie

Oh!

Sophia

The competition was April 13th, so there was time. You had time if you wanted to change it, but again, the longer you waited, the less chance you had of really maybe getting the song you wanted, ‘cause, there’s you know, quite a few girls there, so you don’t know what they’re trying to do.

I was just so happy when I found out that I got the song because it was such a good one, I thought for sure someone had taken it, but it was meant to be! [laughs]

Destynnie

Yeah, you can’t go wrong with a song like that [laughs]

So, you had four months to prepare. How did you prepare yourself and your routine, like what was your preparation like?

Sophia

Well, so, I’m really lucky because I’m an instructor too, so I basically get to train every time I’m teaching, and I always use those opportunities.

So, like, do a couple extra just for me – but, you know, I’m lucky that it works double-time. I get to go as a pole dancer and I’m training as well but, for myself on the side. Yeah, try to do some conditioning and whatnot when I can. As for the routine itself, I mean, honestly, I kind of planned a lot of it in my mind, but I would take what I had thought of and get to the studio maybe an hour an a half earlier and just work it out.

Work it out and see what works, see what didn’t. Some things works, some things didn’t [laughs] so I just kind of adapt it.

So, you know, I like to listen to the song, I have it on repeat, and I just get to know it. First, my brain gets to know it, and then my body gets to know it, so I used those two together to sort of get used to the song, and then I piece it out in chunks of where I want to do things.

Then I try it out, which helps me realize moves that are more, you know, energy conserving, so sometimes I want to sort of break it up and make sure that I’m doing moves that can give me a break in-between the big moves, and then making sure that I have enough energy to get those big moves – the big power moments, you know?

Destynnie

So, you kind of map out your entire routine in your head, trial and error, what works, what doesn’t?

Sophia

Absolutely, and I mean, a lot of people have a lot of different ways of doing things, and mine may not be the most accurate or the most consistent, but you know, I find it works for me. I think that I can totally put together choreography for someone else, but it’s kind of tough for me to do it for myself, but I know how I work and so, you just kind of plan around it.

Also, there’s a lot of dancing through the song. So I use that as conditioning more than anything; I just kind of try to dance through the song at least several – at least four – times in one day, and that’s sort of training.

That may be only like a 15 or 20-minute workout, you know, but it still gets your body used to doing a solid three minutes flat.

Destynnie

Yeah. That’s what a lot of people have trouble with because it’s that length of time – because it’s easy to do a couple of moves here and there, but once you string together an entire, several-minute long choreo that you need to from start to finish, it can be tough.

Sophia

There are defeating days where you’re like, “damn, I couldn’t even get through the first minute and a half!” You know? But you just have to keep pushing through it. You’ll see, your stamina will get better, endurance will get better, and you know, it can be a process. You push through it because you want to do it.

Destynnie

Yeah.

Sophia

I changed my diet a little bit, not too much, but I tried to get a little bit more plant-based proteins and a little bit more vitamins, like vitamin C and E just to keep my health up because everyone was sick around me. I don’t know if vitamin C really works, but everyone got sick and I had already been sick a couple of times [laughs]

Destynnie

That extra protein will definitely help you keep your energy up at least.

Sophia

That’s what I needed. So I tried to go for that, and then I kind of – I stopped smoking cigarettes for about a month, or a month before the competition – so I think that contributed to preparing as well!

It’s not – I’m still doing the e-cig thing, I’m still doing the Juul, but it’s better than the cigarettes man, and I haven’t brought it back, and so it feels good. So I did a couple of different things, but like I said I’m already blessed because I get to teach all the time anyway.

Destynnie

Teaching just gives you an excuse to go and train [laughs]

Sophia

[laughs] Exactly, exactly.

Destynnie

So, you’ve taken four months to train and you’re finally at competition weekend.

Let’s start from the beginning. You said it was April 13th, so Friday. Friday?

Sophia

Yes, yep. So Friday the 12th we all had to be there in the morning at 10:30, and I thought I wasn’t competing until Saturday – but I guess any excuse to get there a little bit early, but not trying to stay there an extra night. So, we drove up on Friday morning, it was an easy drive, a little bit of traffic, but we got there right on time.

Destynnie

From?

Sophia

Providence, Rhode Island! We drove from Providence, it’s only about three and a half hours, it took us around four, but it was an easy trip, you know. I’ve lived in New York, my boyfriend’s from New York, so it wasn’t a trip we were too intimidated by. [laughs]

Destynnie

You’re kind of familiar with the area, you know what it’s about.

Sophia

Yes, still frustrated by traffic, but yes, familiar with it, you know. [laughs] 

When we got there, we all kind of waited outside. They called us in and we checked in – and when we checked in, we got our competitor gift bags, which phenomenal! I mean, so, so generous; the sponsors were so generous. Coupons, little samples, it was amazing.

So, we’re all sort of gushing over the bags, there’s this big energy and we’re all in the Symphony Space. We met at this base in the big venue so we’re all bustling around and you can sort of feel the energy.

Everyone’s anticipating and finally, we get to the meeting part of it, which is why we all had to be there anyway, and they talked about what was happening that night, what was happening tomorrow, when we had to be there, where we had to be, and sort of everything in-between.

We had to fill out some forms so a lot of people were like “Hey, you got a pen?” I didn’t have a pen. So that was a nice way to get all “Nice to meet you – can I borrow your pen?” [laughs]

But then after that, they had the option to do a pole test, which I was very tired so I opted not to do that [laughs] I just kind of was excited to go back.

Destynnie

Save it for the day of. [laughs]

Sophia

Yeah [laughs] It was a roll of the dice, so yeah, I was tired, and you know, when you’re sitting all day, you kind of just want to lay down or maybe walk around or something [laughs]

So after that, it wrapped up maybe around three or four, and then I got to my hotel, which is this amazing hotel, it’s called Even.

Everybody should go to it if you’re any sort of athlete or pole dancer, like, go stay at this hotel if you’re competing or doing anything athletic in the city. It’s amazing, they have a couple of locations.

Destynnie

Was this a USPDF sponsored hotel?

Sophia

No! I don’t think it was, but it should be!

It was just the perfect atmosphere and environment for anybody who’s an athlete. It’s sort of focused on wellness, health, activity, and exercise. They have a yoga mat in the room, a yoga roll – like one of those rollers that, I don’t know what it’s called.

Destynnie

The foam rollers? Or yoga wheels?

Sophia

Yeah, yeah. They have blocks, they had one of those workout towers with resistance bands to workout to your pre-workout.

Destynnie

Just in the hotel room?

Sophia

Yeah! In the hotel room, it was awesome!

On the TV they had sort of running ten-minute workouts that you could do, too, and ginger water and 24/7 fitness. It was dope.

That was my shameless pitch – that it was amazing, a great hotel to be in anyway, and then you know, I spent some time with my boyfriend and his family and then just called it a night. Fell asleep with my crystals in my hands. [laughs]

Destynnie

Yeah, just get those good vibes going. [both laugh]

Sophia

The day was a wrap. Friday was a wrap up. Crystal time, crystal sleep, perfect. Yeah, it was good.

Destynnie

So, how was competition day? Friday sounds like it was amazing.

Sophia

It was good, Friday went really well – oh, and, I forgot to mention – so Fiona was a receptionist at this hotel. She gave me a complimentary breakfast after asking me why I was in New York. I told her I was here for the competition.

She lit up, she said “oh! I’ve always wanted to try pole dancing!”

Destynnie

Oh, that’s awesome!

Sophia

Obviously, I’m like “You totally should”! She gave me a complimentary breakfast so that’s how I started my day on Saturday. [laughs] She said, “so you can be nice and ready for your competition!”

So, I woke up kind of early – I just wanted to warm my body up and my mind up, get everything ready, have some breakfast. I didn’t have to be in ‘til around 12:30, I was really expected to be on ‘til around 2:30, so I had some time, but I was the first one on.

It was nice to have a little bit of that time, but I still wanted to get up early and move around, and get my things right, get it all nice and right [laughs]

And when we got there and you know, it really was such a warm atmosphere backstage, and the environment was really nice. Everyone was really accepting and supportive, and I just really couldn’t have asked for anything better in terms of camaraderie. I mean, people were just really willing to help each other out.

We asked each other about where we were from, why we’re there, you know, what we hope to gain from it, and it was like overwhelmingly, just, everyone wants to have fun. You know, go beyond my boundaries, just do something different and meet people. It was a lot.

I feel overall a lot of competition vibes can be kind of tough but it didn’t feel that way here, it didn’t. It just felt like people coming together to share what they loved, and you know, hope to get maybe a little something out of it, but everything else… There was so much more to it, it was really cool.

Destynnie

That’s some of the best things about the pole dance community is it’s a family, people are all about celebrating each other and it’s awesome. I’ve noticed that all over the place; conventions, competitions.

Sophia

It’s really cool. It’s really just refreshing, I really liked it, so I’m definitely happy to be there, and overall a warming, comfortable environment.

Destynnie

That’s awesome.

Sophia

With time to warm up, too, so that was nice, and an organized space. They run it very well, they organized it well, it was not packed backstage. They really try to keep people separate, which is just peace of mind, everyone can have their space, you know, and get ready the way they need to, so that was cool.

Destynnie

Yeah, they can kind of chill out, and they know when they’ll be called up, and everything like that. Good, good.

Sophia

Hell yeah.

Destynnie

What did you do? Like, when did you get there, and once you got there, what did you do?

Sophia

So, I got in and I just kind of set up in a little corner space because they weren’t taking us backstage yet, but I didn’t have to get any hair and makeup done.

I went backstage and kind of settled in a spot. Then, more people started coming into the area, and they’re like “Can we set up here?” I’m like “Well, I’m here and no one has said anything to me.” [laughs] So we all just kind of accumulated.

I was doing some warm-ups, just trying to drink a lot of water and get a ton of dynamic exercises – things to get my body warm and get it loose and limber – and I’m walking around a lot ‘just from being so antsy, you know. [both laugh] Like, making sure my makeup is right and everything.

So, again, going backstage. (The show) was really long, but it had a good amount of space for it and for you to Zen out. I had heard that they were wrapping up the end of the prior category, so the level two Artistic was right before us. So, I sort of had a freakout moment because I thought that they were going to call me up instantly.

They had just a few awards, and everyone around me was like “I think – I think they just finished awards!” I’m like, “Oh shit!” and they’re like “Relax!” I said, “No, no, I’m cool, I just – I just want to make sure I’m ready!” [laughs] so I run to the entrance to where the stage is, and “I’m here!” and everyone’s like “OK cool!” and then we took a break. [both laugh] So, you know, I was just ready. I was there, gotta get my grip on…

Destynnie

Get everything ready to go, already gripped up, just ready to get on stage. [laughs]

Sophia

Yeah. I’m nervous just thinking, just putting myself there I’m getting nervous again [laughs]

Yeah, so for that part I was ready. For a brief second, I wasn’t ready, but then I was ready. [both laugh]

Destynnie

Were you first? Did you know, when you were supposed to be going in your category?

Sophia

Yeah, I was first, I had to go first out of the – I think we had 25 competitors – so it was good. I’m glad I did. [laughs]

Destynnie

How did you feel about being first? That sounds a little nerve-wracking.

Sophia

It is, but at the same time, you’re kind of just trailblazing, you know? You’re the first one here, like, you try to set it up.

I think once you start to overthink it and really sort of internalize it: “Oh, I’m first!” you know, all these “Um, what is this, what does this mean, me being first?” in terms of performance, and how you’re going to do, and you’re like “I’ve got no one to compare to!” but at the same time, I also don’t have that weighing on my head when I’m going out there.

I don’t have to think of what everyone else did and worry about doing something like that – because I don’t like that.

That happened. Last time I competed, you’re watching, and you’re wondering “wow, how – well, maybe I should do that instead of this,” and “No, no, no. Just stick to what you’re doing!”  you know? That’s a lot.

Destynnie

That’s an excellent piece of advice, because I know a lot of people get nervous about “Oh, when am I going? Where am I in the lineup?” and that’s a lot of nervousness.

Sophia

Yeah, and depending on wherever you are – I mean, you have a right to deal with it however you want to – but you know, I feel like some people might have seen it torturous to be the first and then have to sit through everyone else, but it was really just kind of a beautiful thing.

I mean, there was some relief because I knew that there was nothing I could do; I had finished, I had given it my best, and you come off stage and you’re a little like “what the hell happened?” you know? [both laugh] but it was so nice seeing the girls perform and I just pulled myself out of the competition aspect entirely and I was just appreciating this talent ahead of me, in front of me.

It was really just sort of like “Wow. I’m a part of this.” You know?

These people are really talented and that was really humbling. It was just beautiful.

It was a really beautiful experience, and of course, you know, the anxiousness of waiting just builds up so I’m pacing around, and hopping outside to get a cup of coffee – which probably didn’t help – and then get a little snack and just kind of waiting through it.

But, you know, that may be the worst part about going first, is that at that point, you just have to wait. But enjoy it – enjoy that moment where you’re like “It’s done! I did it!” you know? “I did it!” You can enjoy every moment.

Destynnie

Before you were on stage, it was kind of a nervous kind of: “I’m ready to do this” and just “go in, let’s do this!” and afterward, you’re just like “Alright, I did it! Let’s just not think about it.” [claps and raises hands]

Sophia

That was it, the body reactions and everything [both laugh] “I’m ready! I’m here, let’s do this!” You just go out there.

They call your name and you just have to f**king do it, so I felt good, you know? I felt good.

The routine felt good when I was doing it and everything, but you always look at the things you could have done better, but I’m pretty happy with how it went overall.

Even thinking about how I felt when I had just gotten off stage, I was like “you know what? I really felt good. I have no idea what I did, but it really felt good.” [both laugh] I’m not tired, I’m not you know, wondering where I was, I mean, I did have that kind of “what the hell just happened? What did I do out there? Was it good?” [laughs]

Destynnie

Disorientation of, you have all these spotlights on you, and so you just kind of zone out and you do what you know you’re doing.

Sophia

Yeah, yeah. [both laugh]

Destynnie

So, you had to sit through 20, 25 girls?

Sophia

24 girls.

Destynnie

What was it like waiting when they were announcing the winners? What was going through your mind?

Sophia

I was actually at… So, they wouldn’t let you bring drinks all the way in, so I had just gotten some coffee.

I think it was nearing the end because I was getting… increasingly more anxious, so I got a cup of coffee – another one – and I was just waiting kind of at the side, and they had wrapped up the last performer.

I kind of figured they would take a little bit more time to deliberate, and you know, I’m standing at the bac of the whole auditorium, and I see Wendy coming onstage and she’s about to call the winners. I’m like, “Wait! Sh*t! Am I supposed to be somewhere?” I’ve kind of changed but I still had my competition top on, and I have a shirt on, and I have these cute little pants that, you know – if you ever see a picture you’ll see these cute little floral pants.

Destynnie

We’ll have to include a picture!

Sophia

We’ll throw that in there [both laugh]

Left to right: LisaBella, Monica Rubi, Sophia Minx, Wendy Traskos

Sophia

So I just bust my ass going up there, and I get my seat and I’m like “I didn’t know we were supposed to be here!” but everyone just looks at me and then right back to Wendy [both laugh] they were like “what’s going on? Alright f**k that, we’re just trying to pay attention.” [laughs]

At that point, third-place had been called on and we’re all just kind of waiting there, and then you know, second place.

So, third place was LisaBella, she’s this amazing pole dancer, she did a great job. Her routine’s awesome. Then, second place was Monica Rubi, also an amazing dancer, like you guys need to find them and follow them, they did a great job. So, they called both of them out and then that’s where you have that feeling of, you’re there with 23 other girls and you’re like, “well sh*t, this is going to go one of two ways.” [laughs]

Destynnie

“Who’s going to get first!”

Sophia

 Yeah, it’s like O-town, [singing] ‘cause I want it all! [laughs] but it’s really that feeling where you’re like, “wow, okay, so, alright.” I’m kind of coming to terms with myself that you know, it just didn’t happen this year, and I had such a great time, that was totally cool, and then… they said my name, so I like, ripped my shirt off, and I’m like “Holy sh*t”!

I get on stage and, you know, I’m glad I hadn’t stayed in my outfit because the girls were so much, even in their heels – I’m so tall – but even in their heels they were still up to here on me [gestures] if I had been in my heels they would have had to get a wide-angle picture of our group [both laugh]

But they were so sweet, we hugged, and the first person to give me the first hug was Wendy, and that was awesome, and then you know, just making my way down and taking some pictures.

Destynnie

Wendy is the organizer of the competition?

Sophia

Yeah, she’s created USPDF, she’s the owner of New York Pole, she’s just amazing, I mean, she really has so much there – it’s their 10th year anniversary doing the competition.

Destynnie

Oh wow.

Sophia

It was smooth, they did a really great job.

Destynnie

So you got gold on year ten, which is an awesome landmark.

Sophia

So cool! I mean, it was way beyond what I honestly expected, and everything just was so great about the weekend, I mean, I just couldn’t have asked for anything better.

I had a michelada after and some tacos, spent time with my family and my boyfriend and I just had a great night, and it was awesome.

Destynnie

Party out, celebrate the fact that you got something awesome and you worked hard for it!

Sophia

I did, I really did, and you know, it would have been amazing regardless, but just to see and have something that is like, “You. You did a great f**king job!” and to have something real and material in your hand, that can be like “you f**kin’ rocked this,” you know?

Destynnie

Yeah. You accomplished this.

Sophia

Yeah [laughs] in better words, you accomplished this. [laughs] We’ll throw some bleep bars on it. So, that was awesome, I felt very proud.

Destynnie

So, what’s next for you? This is kind of a start of your pole career now, what do you have your eyes on? What’s your next goal?

Sophia

Well, there are still so many steps that I want to take. I’ll definitely be competing more. Regionally, outside of the area, I’d like to travel and compete, you know?

I want a little bit of exposure and I want to, you know, challenge myself, especially being in totally different and somewhat foreign areas – not necessarily foreign countries – but just places I’ve never been to, meet more people, and just grow, I mean, sh*t like… It’s just forward.

I want to go forward, and I feel like I’ve got some really great things kind of brewing ahead of me – and really, really big things.

So, I’m excited. You have to believe in yourself, and I’m learning that every day – I have wonderful people around me to remind me of that, ‘cause I’m like my own worst cheerleader. I’m the one that would be cut from the team [laughs] but I’m just learning to just, you know, embrace and be proud of myself, and the accomplishments that I’ve made. I don’t know, it feels good.

Destynnie

Yeah, just keep the momentum going and say “Hey, I got this.”

Sophia

Yeah, and obviously, up my training, I’d like to level up, in the words of Sierra, that’s like leveling up.

I feel like I’m at that point where I just want to take it somewhere where I’ve never been before – and we’re going to PoleCon this year, I’m so excited! It’s going to be great! I’m so looking forward to being out there.

Destynnie

That’s the Pole Convention in Denver, Colorado?

Sophia

[nods] International Pole Convention in Denver, Colorado, yeah.

Destynnie

Exciting!

Sophia

They’ve got workshops and a ton of real professionals and real talented dancers. There are panel discussions, workshops, classes… I mean, it really is just so, so vast in the world of pole; just every poler’s dream… is what I’m expecting at International Pole Convention this year. It’s going to be pretty great.

That’s coming up soon, and I’m just hoping to meet so many people. Whoever is coming let us know, let me know, let everyone know, because we just want to give hugs to all the pole kings and queens from around the world, so say hello if you recognize us. [both laugh]

Best gift of all: doing something that was scary and challenging, but you know, just getting so much more out of it than I would have ever expected and feeling ignited.

Destynnie

That’s awesome, and you’re ready to make the next step in whatever comes next.

Do you have anything in mind? Is there any specific competition you’re looking at, or are you starting to take those steps now? Because it’s only a couple of days past the competition now.

Sophia

Right, right. [both laugh] Well, I know USPDF doesn’t have anything until the next calendar year – which I’ll be there!

I’m hoping to get into amateur this next competition, so I’d like to compete in amateur and that’s something to look forward to. So, a lot of training going into that, No Hand Jade Split – I’m gonna get it! I’m gonna freaking get it.

Like I said, a lot more of the Pole Sport Organization stuff, maybe close to home, Rhode Island, but not so far that I can’t afford it.

Destynnie

Yeah, start in the local region and spread outwards.

Sophia

Yeah, yeah, and just constantly pushing myself. Those would be the big events, I can’t think of anything else that I would be a part of actively. We’ll see.

Destynnie

Well, that’s exciting, and it sounds like you’re geared up for whatever comes your way next.

Sophia

I’m ready! I just don’t know what to do yet. Thank you, it’s been really great, and thank you for, you know, listening to me, all of you, I really appreciate it.

Destynnie

Thank you for taking your time to be on today with us, and talking about your experience, because that’s something that a lot of us like.

It’s intimidating, not knowing “what were you feeling? How did you do?” Just, what is it like? And that’s just awesome to hear about.

Sophia

You know, the experience really is different for everybody, but to sort of have at least a little bit of insight into what the daily happenings are like, because, if you’re not familiar with New York, it can be so freaking intimidating.

I mean, I know that that’s not where all competitions are, but just in general, when you’re going somewhere to a city that you’re not familiar with, it can be really jarring, and it can throw you off.

So, rest easy, there’s always people who are going to help you. You just want to plan, you want to be prepared, and watching this video hopefully will help you if you’re ever going into something like that, or at least have an idea of what you’re going into when you go into it.

It was all good. It was all good, you know, and if you ever have any questions, let me know – I’ll help! But like I said, they did a great job with the competition, getting it together, and all the information anyway, so USPDF was very helpful. You got us, and then you got them, so you’ve got help all around.

Destynnie

Pole family all around!

Sophia

Pole fam is pole strong, for sure, for sure.

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