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Creatives On Q: Seleena Lacson is a self-made woman worthy of recognition



With a handful of accolades at her age, there’s no doubt this young self-made woman from Davao City is going places.

At a first glance, one might automatically assume that Seleena is just a girl with a pretty face. That she’s all that — a gorgeous young woman with no substance or whatsoever. However, a careful, voracious read at her profile and you’ll be surprised just as how she has accomplished so much in her life. And by the looks of it, she has no plans on stopping to achieve more as she goes along.

Seleena or Joceleen Morga Lacson is a Bachelor of Science in Business Management student at Ateneo de Davao University. Aside from doing modeling and product shoots in Icon Elites Artist Management, she’s also handling her start-up and gradually growing small business. On top of that, she’s also a student leader in the said institution as she’s currently the Student Representative of Business Management program. Moreover, she’s an active Girl Scout (yes, because according to her, she loves Girl Scout), an advocate for youth and development, and a Production Head.

“I am a woman who is committed to all my works. In every given opportunity, I want to make the best out of it. You know not to make any regrets. I am part of different organizations inside and outside the University,” Seleena said on what’s keeping her busy these days.

Although there’s a lot on her plate lately, Seleena admitted that she finds an odd satisfaction and a renewed sense of purpose in doing all of these things. For her, this is what drives her to be more and be better. There might be some distractions and mishaps along the way, yes, but it will only motivate her to keep going.

“Right now, my main priority is to finish college, that's the main goal. For my small business, I am making my efforts to make it known in the local market. For Icon Elites, I am extending my contract as an artist. For myself, I want to grow and do more than I am capable of,” she expressed when asked about what her future plans will be.

What else is in store for Seleena? Is there anything that she hasn’t shown us yet? We don’t know the answer exactly. But one thing’s for sure, whatever may be her plans or destiny, she’s going to be recognized for it. And that’s exactly what she deserves.

The Middle Mag PH caught up with Joceleen to talk about self-love, her realizations in this seemingly never-ending pandemic and how she’s coping with it, and more.

Creatives on Q by The Middle Mag PH is a special feature story that documents and highlights the creative process and plight of the young emerging artists in Mindanao while in community quarantine. The creatives industry, among other sectors, has also been adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

How is 2021 so far for you?

I have considered 2021 as a year for my success because I started my small business. It is also a blessing knowing that my loved ones and I survived 2020. We finished it strong despite all the crazy things that had happened around the globe, and I am looking forward to being stronger this year.

How do you keep your mental health in check amidst these uncertain times?

During these trying times, what we need is communication. We need to communicate with our loved ones and tell them how we feel and what our uncertainties are in life. Also, we need to listen to others because we are not the only person who is struggling. Every person has a story to tell may it be stories of success or failure. Lastly, the most important thing is to give yourself some time and allow yourself to process everything.

How has Icon Elites Artist Management helped hone your craft?

Icon Elites is not just management for me, but it is also my home where I met my co-talents, which I consider my brothers and sisters. I could still remember my first interview with Sir Pau. I was very nervous and kind of shaking talking to him hahaha. This management helped boost my confidence and how to handle myself properly. We have a series of workshops that will help us discover where we are good at, and because of this, I found that I am comfortable talking in front of the camera. Also, I was able to learn how to act. This management also uplifts my spirit of perseverance and patience.

What are your plans?

I do make plans that could benefit me in the long run. Right now, my main priority is to finish college (that's the main goal). For my small business, I am making my efforts to make it known in the local market. For Icon Elites, I am extending my contract as an artist. For myself, I want to grow and do more than I am capable of.

What is/are your biggest realization/s this pandemic?

This pandemic has made me realize that what we need is communication. A lot of people are not able to see their loved ones in this pandemic. Most of us are worried and feel uneasy about this happening. But, with communication, we can talk and listen in where we can share our emotions. It made us able to check on our loved ones and see them even just on our screens. At least by having communication, it reminds us that we are not alone in fighting our own battle.

How do you handle constructive criticisms?

I am a person who knows myself but also acknowledges other people's opinions. I want to grow as a person, and I know that I cannot please everybody, so I accept criticisms with a positive attitude. Criticisms helped me on things where I could improve myself.

Why is self-love important?

Personally, I know that there are a lot of girls who are better than me, smarter than me, beautiful than, or sexier than me. But because I love and know myself accept that I am this. When you start to love yourself, it will make you strong and appreciate all the attributes you have. There is a big difference when you love yourself because you will start to give yourself a chance to conquer the world.

What is the biggest misconception that you want to break or defy about the modeling industry? And why?

”Modeling is just about having a pretty face and a perfect body.” I want to break that misconception. Modeling is more than just that because it is about expressing and being confident. A lot of people that have many potentials are afraid to enter modeling but are dreaming about it because of this misconception. By breaking this misconception, we are giving an equal opportunity to men and women that, despite how you look, thick or thin, flawless or not, everyone is welcoming in the modeling industry.

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