Dear 16-Year-Old Me: Gaelic Drill Rapper Sello

"Be yourself and don't doubt your ability"

In our regular slot ‘Dear 16-year-old Me’, we chat to some of our favourite people of note about what they’d say to their teenage self.

They get open and honest about what their teens were like and share the advice they’d give for the future.

This week, we’re chatting to rapper Sello. Bringing the Irish music scene in a totally new direction, Sello has made it to the The Irish Times Magazine’s 50 people to watch list. In his letter Sello explains how his self-esteem has grown since his teen years, his career in music, and the advice he would give to his younger self.

“Dear Sello,

As a teen, you were confident, bubbly, and hyper. But as you got older you became calmer and more reserved, some could even say shy but remember who you are.

The best part of being a teen is not having to pay bills, enjoy that while it lasts. Enjoy the freedom of not having responsibilities.

The hardest part of being a teen will be feeling like you’re not good enough. Playing sports will impact your self-belief and self-esteem but it will pass. You’ll soon realise that actually, you are good enough, it will be simply down to how hard do you wanna work to be the best and not if you’re good enough. So keep your head held high.


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School for you was a great experience, make the most of it, build long last friendships and relationships.

When you grow up it will be easier to pull focus on yourself and not on what anyone else says or thinks about you. You will realise people’s opinions don’t matter and put more energy into yourself and what you love.

What hasn’t changed since then will be the difficulty in finding the motivation to do certain things but you will figure it out and overcome this one day.


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I wish you knew at 16 that music was what you wanted to do for the rest of your life. I wish you had enough self-belief to be able to team up and collaborate with more people earlier. I wish you had more love for music because it will be your world.

My biggest piece of advice for my teen self would be “To be yourself and not to doubt your ability. Don’t listen to anyone just to be yourself”