We had the good fortune of connecting with Selina Hall and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Selina, what matters most to you?
To those who know me, there’s never a time where I’m not preaching “keep going.” Perseverance and growth are important to me. It’s life, and what is life without trials & tribulations? Or times that we feel like crawling up in a ball and sleeping the days away? I’ve always felt like circumstances are temporary and can always be changed even if the only option is to be uncomfortable making the change. We must leave our comfort zones to do the the things that are for the betterment of our lives. As a result, we grow. Either it becomes a lesson or experience, either way we got through it. This is what keeps going each day of my life. It’s the principle.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I honestly would say my hustling spirit, awareness and professionalism. Every time I’m at a shoot someone goes “you’re always working!”, “you”re everywhere!,” etc. That I am lol. I have a mission to fulfill and I told myself at 10 years old I am not going to be unsuccessful when I grow up. What success means to me now? As time passes, in my life, it is measurable in happiness. I think there’s so much magic in being determined and believing in yourself. Success starts through believing in what you think you could accomplish. There will be naysayers and haters, but you can’t let others take you from your path towards success. Someone once told me that I think too much about things but I’m somehow comfortable with every decision I make good, bad or indifferent and they were completely right. I’m confident in myself and I know what results I want. There’s always another chance, and I won’t allow failure to be my ending. I will always keep on moving forward. Just like the little inspiration picture I know many have seen where it’s the “Path To Success” and it shows what people think it is, and it’s a straight path versus the path with all the zig zag, ups & downs, crosses and everything, that’s exactly what it is. Every challenge, you must identify what you can change and what you can’t. Sometimes I need to ask for help or support and I get help from my family, friends, books, or online resources. Tackle the challenge, rest, have some fun, next. Now, professionalism is so important! As a model, it’s so easy to forget you are a “business.” You represent yourself and whoever else you may represent agency wise. I am true to myself. I won’t pretend to be anyone I’m not in terms of who I am as a person. You will know Selina. When it comes to business, you have to keep yourself on your p’s & q’s. I may have had an advantage for working customer service jobs, sales, and being in many leadership/team building positions. However, I say this for all aspects of business. If you are lacking certain skillsets then you must seek the knowledge. There are books you could read and mentors you can find and reach out to or respectfully hire. You can’t speak to people in a casual way, like you talk to your friends, for example: when you’re trying to book a shoot or be hired for a shoot. Sending emails, correspondence, being prompt, etc. All of these things are so important. It sucks to miss out on being booked for a game-changing gig all because you took too long to respond. Some things are execuseable, some aren’t. That’s the hard truth and that has set me apart from the rest plenty of times.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Sheesh! There are so many people that deserve a shoutout, however there is no way I could name them all. I have so much love and gratitude for all of my family, friends, colleagues, photographers, supporters, etc. So thankful for those who have been there thus far for my journey.
Photographers: Alanna Gilbert, Tariq Johnson, Tori Wright, Arlisa Holloman, Peter Sanchez