SELORM K: How To Follow Your Happiness (Music Edition)
Tori Green: Who are you? What do you do?
Selorm: I am a recording artist and Emmy winning producer. I’ve created countless viral videos for Buzzfeed and NBC’s The Kelly Clarkson show. My song When I Wanted You come out June 17th
Tori: What was your first business (including running your own business)? How long did this last or are you still involved in the same business?
Selorm: My first business was and is my freelance business which I have been working on since 2018. Within it I have worked as a video producer, editor, and singer-songwriter 3.
Tori: Biggest challenge? How did you get through it?
Selorm: My biggest challenge while freelancing was the amount of fear and doubt that I had plus feeling super anxious about finances. But after sticking through it, I was able to find a balance along with more work and clients.
Tori: What is something that you wish you could go back and tell yourself before starting this journey?
Selorm: I’d tell myself to focus on what I want, invest in myself, and put myself out there in any way possible
Tori: What did you do before owning your own/running your business?
Selorm: Before that I worked full time as a video producer and editor for various companies.
Tori: What/who made you take the first leap?
Selorm: Getting laid off from Buzzfeed was a big push for me. I had saved enough to quit on my own, but I had been too terrified to take the leap. That opportunity helped motivate me to buy out my first music EP and work freelance.
Tori: Who was the first to believe in you and give you real support (financial/sweat equity)?
Selorm: There are multiple people who were so helpful and supportive. I had amazing friends that would cheer me on and I also had my sister who encouraged me while helping me be practical.
Tori: Was this your dream job? If not, what was?
Selorm: My dream job is simply fully making money from my music and getting to travel the world performing.
Tori: Why did you get into this field?
Selorm: I got into music because it was always a natural passion for me. I also started doing video production in a club in highschool.
Tori: What is your biggest failure that you turned into a success?
Selorm: I would once again say getting laid off. At the time it made me feel insecure, but I later realized that it set me free and allowed me to find a new path that I might not have sought out on my own.
Tori: If you could change one thing about your life today for the better, what would it be?
Selorm: I would make my family live closer to me since they are very far away.
Tori: How is your life/work balance? Body, mind, and soul weekly routine? Do you say/write out affirmations?
Selorm: My work life balance has gotten better but I still have to remind myself to set boundaries. When I’m not feeling like myself, I try to do yoga or let myself have a mental health day.
Tori: When was the last time you tried something new/ Stepped out of routine?
Selorm: I went to Mardi Gras on my own and allowed myself to make friends with strangers and go with the flow. I ended up having a really amazing time.
Tori: Favorite book that changed your life?
Selorm: I love Untamed by Glennon Doyle. As a creative, It’s helped me put less pressure on myself and feel more proud of my accomplishments.
Tori: Do you think your gender gives you an advantage or disadvantage in today’s world?
Selorm: I think there are times where it can feel like both, but everything great comes with its obstacles. I always try to do my best despite what’s in my way.
Tori: Thoughts on the glass ceiling?
Selorm: While working in an office I experienced inequalities in pay and promotions. I had to practically fight for my first promotion. The glass ceiling definitely still exists but there are so many women working to bring others into higher places.
Tori: What advice would you give your children/ future children about succeeding in a patriarchal society?
Selorm: I would say to be aware that we do live in a patriarchal society, but don’t let that stop you from doing whatever you want to do and don’t let them dampen your personality.
Tori: If you could talk to a young boy/girl from your hometown neighborhood who aspires to have your career/job/focus what would tell them? Advice.
Selorm: I’d tell them to aim high whether they stay close to home or move somewhere else. The sky's the limit no matter where you are from or how you grew up.
Tori: Fun fact about you?
Selorm: I once got air-high with Snoop dog.
Tori: Number one piece of advice you remember?
Selorm: Life and success is a marathon not a sprint.
Tori: Anything coming up for you that you want to talk about?
Selorm: My new single “When I Wanted You” came out June 17th
Tori: Where can we find you online?
Selorm: All Music Platforms: SELORM