Pamela Schein Murphy
Name: Pamela Schein Murphy
Twitter + Instagram Handle: @theselect7
Location: New York City
Occupation: Founder + Editorial Director, The Select 7
Age: 49 (WTF!)
Secretly Obsessed With: Mr Cheese-O's Parmesan Snacks
On My Nightstand: Lumity Day + Night Vitamins, Nutrafol, Elizabeth Arden Eight for Cream Hand Cream, Sugar Lip Balm + From the Corner of The Oval Office by Beck Dorey-Stein
Last Thing You Read: A letter from my daughter and The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
How did you get started on your career path?
I went to grad school for Magazine Journalism because I've always loved to write, but was never into the idea of straight up creative writing. I liked the longer, more creative format of of feature writing. I'm also ridiculously organized and have always been really good at putting pieces together, so all of that led to work in the magazine world for most of my career until my husband and I opened our first restaurant (he's a chef). I took my skillset and put it into marketing and branding for the restaurants for a number of years until a friend suggested I start a blog to share all of the crazy research I do on everything from travel to wellness to fashion and everything in between. I didn't love the idea of a blog, but my daughter suggested a website and I loved that — something I could design and build. So she actually started it for me and gave it to me as a Mother's Day gift. It's changed a lot since then, but the heart of The Select 7 is the same — a curated exploration into the worlds of motivation, food, beauty + wellness, travel, fashion, home design and social media by some of the most interesting people out there.
What key elements played into your success?
I'm as Type A as they come. I don't give up, and I never stop working.
What struggles did you face getting to this point?
Two kids, a husband and a start-up business makes it almost impossible to find balance, but I've come to terms with the fact that there actually isn't such a thing.
When do you feel most successful?
My daughter just sent me a letter telling me she was proud of me. Mic Drop.
What’s the best piece of advice you received?
You are the world's leading expert on you. Know that and use it.
Also, when life gives you lemons, get in bed and watch Netflix :) Sometimes wallowing is OK. Just don't do it for more than 24 hours.
What advice would you give to women looking to enter your industry/space?
Work hard and make sure all of your t's are crossed and your i's are dotted. I am stunned by the lack of care people take in their work these days. Also, FACT CHECK. The Internet isn't always correct.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
My kids, battling breast cancer, The Select 7. That's three - sorry!