The Evolution of Selena Gomez’s Career!

Selena Gomez is a multi-talented powerhouse at just 31 years old! Let’s take a look at the evolution of her impressive career so far. 

Selena Gomez has mastered everything from acting, singing, producing, cooking, and even a cosmetic brand. She is known for her iconic role as Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place and her many pop hits. She inspires countless fans and continues putting her best foot forward in her work. While we patiently await her new album, let’s look at her iconic career.

TV: Barney & Friends


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Selena booked her first role in 2002 on the children’s television series Barney & Friends at just ten years old. She played Ginna for almost two years alongside her soon-to-be Disney Channel co-star, Demi Lovato.

TV to Movies: Disney Channel


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Before Selena was the star of Disney Channel, she landed guest appearances on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and Hannah Montana in 2006.

A year later, she landed the iconic role of Alex Russo on Wizards of Waverly Place for the show’s four-season run and in Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie in 2009.

Selena also began her film career with Disney by starring in Another Cinderella Story (2008) and The Princess Protection Program (2009) with Demi Lovato.

Music: Selena Gomez & The Scene

Selena Gomez & The Scene formed in 2008 and would go on to produce major hits, including “Love You Like A Love Song,” “Round And Round,” and “Who Says.”

The band would also produce an album per year from 2009 until they separated in 2012. Their albums include Kiss & Tell, A Year Without Rain, and When the Sun Goes Down.

Mainstream Movies


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After she departed from Disney, Selena returned to acting in larger-scale films. She starred in comedies like Ramona and Beezus (2010), Monte Carlo (2011), and Spring Breakers (2012).

She also showed her range by taking on more mature roles, starring in the indie film The Fundamentals of Caring (2016) and the rom-com A Rainy Day in New York (2019).

Solo Music Career


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In 2013, Selena released her debut solo album, Stars Dance, which includes the hit single “Come and Get It.”

Two years later, at 22, she released her album Revival, which gave us “Hands to Myself” and many more pop hits.

After a five-year break from music, she released yet another album, Rare, which features the song “Lose You to Love Me.”

Executive Producing

Taking a break from the music scene, she returned to television behind the scenes and became the executive producer of Netflix’s award-winning hit 13 Reasons Why (2017). Thereafter, she returned to film acting and landed many more roles, including a voice-acting role as Mavis Dracula in the animated film series Hotel Transylvania.

She created her cooking show Selena + Chef, which aired on Max in 2020. The show has four seasons and showcases Selena’s cooking skills as she tackles new cuisines and learns from master chefs.

In 2021, she took on her first scripted television role since her Disney Channel days as Mable Mora in Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building. She is also one of the show’s executive producers alongside Martin Short, Steve Martin, and many others.

Rare Beauty

In 2020, Selena launched her makeup line, ‘Rare Beauty.’ The brand is vegan and cruelty-free and aims to break down unrealistic standards of perfection. Her products, including the liquid blush, highlighter, and lip stain, have gone viral. You can buy her products from Rare Beauty’s website or at Sephora.

My Mind & Me: Documentary


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Once again, Selena amazed and inspired us with a heartfelt and intimate look into her journey following her personal and professional struggles. My Mind & Me was released as a single coordinated with the streaming of her 2022 documentary of the same name.

New Music


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In August of 2023, she released her latest song, “Single Soon,” and has announced a new album. Selena Gomez could once again dominate the charts with the release of her uplifting pop album.

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Jessica McCrorie

Jessica McCrorie is a junior at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, studying screenwriting and broadcast journalism. When she’s not writing for AfterBuzz TV or Heal Squad x Maria Menounos, she enjoys exploring her other creative outlets and interests, including filmmaking, reading romance novels, playing guitar, and listening to Taylor Swift.