We had the good fortune of connecting with Sélynne Silver and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sélynne, how do you think about risk?
Well, first of all, I left a good and secure paid job and moved across the world a few years back knowing no one in America and not knowing what to expect. I definitely call that a risk. It has not been an easy ride and it still is not. Then, every day, I put myself out there and I let people judge me and my work at the risk of being rejected. Every day, I am taking a risk of being told “You are not good enough”. It can be difficult to keep it together at times but that is the industry I chose and would not want it any other way.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you going and why do you think you are where you are right now?
I am a French actress and since I moved to Los Angeles, I have been learning to always stay focused and keep my eyes on the prize. A lot of people give up because they don’t get instant results. Of course there is always that beginner’s luck but if you want to be successful or sustain that momentum, you got to be consistent and keep on going even when things are not going the way you plan. Being a foreigner can be complicated at times but it can also be a blessing. I recently worked for big productions where I had to speak my native language, which is French and that was amazing. One of them was for this big company that we all know called Youtube. I can’t wait to see it out there when it is ready. I was also a principal in a T-Mobile commercial just one week after coming back to LA (after spending a year and half overseas) and I feel very grateful for it. I am super excited about what 2022 is going to bring my way. I already have a few films lined up as the lead: The Barista written by Chok Suwanavisootr or 1919 by Adam George Key. I am particularly excited about the second one as I get to play a French woman during the height of the Spanish flu pandemic. Nothing better than a real French woman to play one, right? And, I auditioned for Adam back in 2019 for something else and even though I did not book that other project, he kept me in his mind all these years and kind of wrote that script for me. Such an honor.
Now, if I think about why I am where I am right now professionally, I will say it is because I am not giving up. Acting is something I have been drawn to for decades. I literally woke up one morning saying I was born to shine and have since decided to make acting a priority. I don’t know if giving up will ever be possible and I am sure that if I were to stop, I’ll be back at it pretty quickly because I’ll miss it terribly. Even when I am supposed to be on “vacation”, I am thinking about it so I am definitely holding on to it. It is not always easy as there are plenty of ups and downs but that is the process and I am glad to be a part of it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My sister and her kids never came to Los Angeles, so I will start by taking them to the Original Pantry in Downtown Los Angeles, the breakfast there is so delicious then we will spend the day in Santa Monica because they need to see the beach and there is this small attraction park that I am sure my nephew and nieces would love. The next day, we will go for a hike all the way up to the Hollywood sign and spend the rest of the day doing Hollywood’s tourists stuff : the walk of fame, Hollywood tour… Then we will probably go to Disneyland because they love Disney, who doesn’t? And probably visit Universal too since it does not exist in France. And for the remaining time, we’ll probably figure it out as we go.