Insight | Destiny Soria
Destiny Soria has already lived a full life that would make many of Hollywood’s top screenwriters envious. The acclaimed actress, director & dancer has been making waves from Texas to Minnesota and is constantly looking towards her next adventure. We interviewed her to find out more.
“I was born to Norma L (Sauceda) Soria and Luis L Soria and lived a fairly normal life in Savannah Georgia. At the age of nine my parents divorced which caused me some pain as I was separated from my father. However, my mother eventually remarried to a man named Wesley V. Nelson when I was thirteen.
I would proudly describe myself as an “army brat” as I’ve had many family members serve in the military including both my father and step-father. Being a child of military parents meant I would travel the world; Frankfurt, Germany my home for almost half my life. This global experience has given me unique perspectives on the craft that few possess. One of the lessons that my step-father Wesley taught me was martial arts. At the age of fifteen I was learning how to high-kick and bring larger men to the ground. But not all was well with me and the family.
Unfortunately like many rebellious teens I was having problems with my mother. Our relationship was strained and so I decided to do what I’ve done throughout my life; find somewhere better. Around my sixteenth birthday I decided to move to San Antonio, Texas to live with my father and brother. I remain close with both and they are an integral part of my life. It was during this time that I learned about my Native American roots, specifically the Kickapoo tribes and the ancient Mayans. Suddenly I was filled with a surge of great pride for my nation and I felt more connected with the Earth, the Spirits and my people. I feel that the universe brought me these blessings”
“Although San Antonio will always be “home” for me, I was getting restless for something new so I decided that moving to Red Wing, Minnesota would be my way to escape all the drama I was facing at the time. My parents battled constantly and I just wanted peace and serenity, exactly what the State of One Thousand Lakes could offer me. While living in Minnesota I had to face new problems: my dual diagnosis for Attention Deficit Disorder and Depression. This became especially difficult after I became a victim of a vicious hate crime. On August 16 2008 I was at a local bar when I was brutally attacked and called racial slurs because I proudly embraced my Native American roots. Earlier I had confronted the person online by reporting them on a social media platform. The person who attacked me worked at the bar and found it within her rights to attack me. To this day I still carry emotional scars from that attack and so I help others going through the same situation.
This horrible incident could have beaten me and ruined my dreams, but I decided to fight, just as my father and step-father had taught me. I pulled through this trauma and today I am stronger for it. From this tragedy I was reborn with a new focus: I had to share my experiences and those of others. From that moment I knew that I had to be an actress. After watching Robert Pattinson on the big screen, I was inspired to do more.
In reality acting saved me. At the age of twenty-four I was ready to start this new chapter in life and so I decided that I was going in head first. Acting allowed me to share with others, to speak up, to challenge my shyness and to not allow my trouble in speaking from limiting my dreams. As an actress I was able to memorise much more information and my speech gradually got more refined. My new efforts led my to the acting school John Robert Powers (JRP) in Bloomington, Minnesota where I received further instructions from the best in the industry. It was these lessons that paved the way for my success in acting as it honed my expressions, improved my skills and started my ascent as a rising star.
Although I consider myself an actress first, another one of my personal loves revolves around dance. I have been dancing my whole life and won’t be stopping anytime soon. I have appeared on the Larry’s Dance Groove to show off my Freestyle dance abilities. I consider my dancing skills an advantage over other actors as I remain in tune with my entire body and use that to direct it on the big or small screen. I love to dance Freestyle, Hip-Hop, Salsa, the Jarbae Tapatio (Traditional Mexican hat dance) and I enjoy mastering the great art of choreography. When standing still I also model and I have been showcased in both print-modelling and commercial work. I even was on the cover of Valerie Magazine as their feature artist. I hopefully would like to be on other covers in the near future.
When I’m not building my own media empire, I know it’s important to give back so I volunteer for many organisations such as Union Station Homeless Services. I also like to give back to fellow artists and models by putting together great reels for them. I taught myself how to shoot and edit video which I now use to help others who are trying to break in the industry. No matter what the project or what the budget, I ensure that all my customers get quality reels and head-shots that make them stand above their competition”
If you would like to contact Destiny for future collaborations or to book her for your productions click on the links below
Model/MUA | Destiny Soria
Photographer | Wesley Millican
Clothing | Mack Louis
Jewellery | Vlm jewelry