We had the good fortune of connecting with Selena O’Sullivan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Selena, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
This is a tougher question than you think. To just say ‘if you want it, never stop chasing it’ is great and beautiful, but also a touch naive. Yes if you can and want to keep going, do it. Absolutely 100% put your heart into it. But you must also be highly self aware of yourself and your situation. Also don’t ever look at ‘giving up’ as failing. Opportunities arise when you least expect them.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
It was not easy to get here and it is definitely not the destination. Challenges have been numerous, from finding work, auditioning, networking, performing well (the actors’ work) whilst also training, rehearsing, sharpening skills (the stunt side). Then in wrestling it’s a beautiful culmination of the two. I am very proud of the show I am on as a villainous “heel” character. I’ve always been a pretty tough girl and this is the perfect way to express that, and showcase a strong female character to our audience. However another difficulty for me is the added fun of being a foreigner, dealing with visas, permits and even rejection for it. The most important thing I’ve learned from all this is that communication is vital. No one is going to reach out to you in this life. You must do the reaching!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I LOVE LA. I think it’s always a treat to show people Santa Monica pier, Hollywood Blvd (briefly), Beverly Hills (briefly) so they are iconically satisfied (and yes I do love these places for what they are!). Then take them to your favourite hole in the wall Mexican food spot in the Valley where you have to speak Spanish to order. LA is so wonderfully diverse, and I like to make sure people get a good culture shock.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost (and maybe annoyingly obvious), my family. I’m one of the lucky ones who have endeavoured into an artistic career path and have always been surrounded by a supportive family. My different friendship groups that have kept me inspired and challenged. My teachers who gave me a taste of their experience but encouraged me to find my own. It’s hard to write specific people, because as they say, it takes a village.
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