We had the good fortune of connecting with Selena Mykenzie Gordon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Selena Mykenzie, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I feel as though people express themselves in a variety of ways that are personal to them and that work for them. When I was growing up, the outlets that I gravitated towards were always creative. I was definitely influenced by my family. My grandma used to sing me her favorite songs when I was little. I was raised on a lot of blues and gospel music. Both of my parents could sing, so having seen everyone around me share interest in it, I obviously wanted to do it as well. Music was something my family could always bond over and it brought us together. As time went on, I began to really flesh out who I was as a person and what type of artistic outlets called to me personally. It came down to me needing a way to express myself and how I was feeling in a way that I connected with and made sense to me. We are all spiritual beings having a human experience. Everything you’re experiencing can feel so much bigger and heavier than it is. Expressing myself creatively was how I found my own voice. I realized that there was an endless world of creativity that was at my disposal and ready and eager for me to explore it. I started writing music. I joined the choir and the theatre department. I began acting in plays and musicals and films. I started drawing and painting. I explored modeling and fashion. Anything creative I could get involved with, I did. It has played a tremendous role in the person I have become today. The arts, to this day, is how I express myself. It’s how I share my story and experiences. It’s how I connect with others. It’s how I’m going to change the world around me and bring joy into people’s lives. There is no better feeling than expressing myself artistically and creatively and knowing I have made a difference in someone’s life in the process.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned over the years is to never give up. No matter how challenging it is or how many doubts try to take over, you will never know unless you try. If you fail, you try again until you succeed. Not everyone will want to see you succeed in life, so you have to trust yourself and surround yourself with people who support you fully. I had to confront this challenge at a very young age. I was only 14, going on 15 when I auditioned for America’s Got Talent. I had progressed to the quarter-finals round before being voted off. I remember it being a difficult experience to process. Was I not good enough? Why did people not like me? What could I have done better? The experience played a big role in my growth as a performer. Eventually, I came to realize that it was just a learning experience that was meant to help me grow and get stronger.

The year of the COVID-19 shutdown was a hard year for everyone. I had just completed my internship in Los Angeles, CA and had graduated college early in Fall of 2019. I had booked my first two musical contracts and I was getting everything ready to start this new and exciting experience. That, of course, did not happen. It was very challenging. I felt as if I was having to start all over and it did take a toll for awhile, but eventually I had to come to the realization that life doesn’t always go the way you want it to. It’s not always easy. The work never stops. So, I didn’t give up. I kept developing my audition book, I trained my body and my voice, I sent in virtual auditions, I kept writing music and scripts, I continued to look for opportunities and have faith in myself and my craft because I knew that performing is what I want to do with my life. Slowly, but surely I started taking steps forward and I came out on the other side of that ordeal more disciplined and more appreciative for the work I am blessed to be a part of. I signed to a modeling agency. I just wrapped Macbeth at The Studio Theatre in Little Rock, AR and currently, as I do this interview, I’m traveling on tour with Cirque Dreams Holidaze performing as the lead vocalist and narrator. I’ve secured contracts for the following year and looking back, there was a time when I had doubts and thought I would never get to the place I am today. It is a full circle moment. You have to keep the faith. I am a performer. It’s what I love to do. Being able to share my gifts with people and make connections through creativity and art is the greatest blessing for me personally.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m located in Fayetteville, AR at the moment and the best thing about living there is all of the nature that surrounds you. If my best friend was visiting I would take them to all of the beautiful hiking trails, such as Devils Den or Mt. Sequoyah Woods. We would have to visit the Crystal Bridges museum to view all of the unique art exhibitions they offer. If you’re lucky enough to visit during Christmas time, they offer an installation called North Forest Lights that is a must see. We’d of course want to hear some good music, so we’d hang out at George’s Majestic Lounge to catch the concerts going on. For food, I’d take them to my favorite brunch place called Nomads. They have a variety of mimosas that are very hard to resist. We’d also have to visit Topgolf for a fun time, great food, and good vibes all around.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would not be here today if it were not for the people in my life who believed in me and encouraged me to follow my heart, no matter how hard it got or how much I doubted myself. My family is my rock. They are truly a blessing, for always supporting me no matter how many times I sang the same song at the top of my lungs in my bedroom or needed a little push when I was feeling down. Thank you to my friends, old and new, for loving me and always putting a smile on my face. To everyone who took the time to educate me, mentor me, work with me, took chances on me and pushed me to put my best self forward, thank you. I have learned so much. I’m still learning and I’m so grateful to those that have taken the time to prepare me for a successful future and have invested in my dreams. I am so blessed to have the support system that I do. A network of creatives and individuals who know what it takes to unapologetically pursue my craft and have always pushed me to do just that. Thank you for everything.

Website: https://selenamgordon.com

Instagram: @my.kenzieee

Image Credits
Laura Powers Photo Meredith Melody Photography Shunn B. Photography Ashton Rail Photography

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