Jennifer Hill interviews Billboard magazine journalist, Selma Fonseca. Jennifer asks Selma how she became a top entertainment journalist after immigrating from Brazil to New York City. Selma shares the secrets to the success of her career and offers listeners tips on how to persevere and create opportunities wherever you go. Selma also offers advice on how to talk to celebrities and engage in dynamic interviews.
After 18 years of partying and documenting A-list events worldwide, Selma Fonseca currently writes a weekly column "Overheard" for Billboard Magazine. She has interviewed Ty Dolla $ign, Yoko Ono, Tinashe, Daya, DJ Zedd, Ray J, Big Sean, One Republic, Kenny G, AlunaGeorge, Wiz Khalifa, Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, and After Rome, among others.
Whether at the Grammys or Oscar parties, award ceremonies, charity events, or aboard the biggest yachts, Selma is always with the most fabulous jet setters. She has met thousands of interesting, talented people --Michael Jackson, Ben Affleck, Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, Paris Hilton, Michael Douglas, Former President Bill Clinton, Mick Jagger, Lionel Richie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Halle Berry, Pele, and many more.
Brazilian-Greek, born in São Paulo, Brazil, in her teens Selma spent three years in Athens, Greece without knowing the language. Within six months, she was already in school studying architecture and fashion design. At the age of 18, her passion for art, and of course, love, led her to New York City to study English, photography, jewelry design, and craftsmanship at Parsons School of Design.
After much struggle and odd jobs, she became a master jewelry artist, designing for Harry Winston and Tiffany. She loved designing jewelry, but was never fully fulfilled. It took years to find her dream and her voice which she did when she started crashing celebrity parties in New York City. It all started for fun, but very quickly her outgoing and sociable personality emerged. She was partying with the most fabulous people in the world and decided to make this her lifestyle and career.
She launched a photo news agency to license celebrity photographs and breaking stories to publications worldwide. Her stories, interviews, and photos have been published in NY Daily News, People, US Weekly, Hello!, OK, Daily Mail, Star, Billboard, TMZ, and Voici, among others.
Check out Selma’s photos, read her blog, but most importantly, follow your own dream and have fun.....
“Here I am, 4 million photographs later, still documenting, and I still love it, baby! I’m the eyes and ears in the entertainment business for you.”
See you at the next glamorous red carpet party!