24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week. Junior investment bankers regularly work 80-90 hours a week. Many other high profile professions require the same level of commitment. Often those on the outside claim that working 80-90 hours a week is bad/wrong/terrible/silly/etc but we’ve spoken with so many folks who say working that much has been the best decision of their life – it allowed them to develop a deep and strong skill set far faster than would have been possible otherwise. In other words, by working 2x the hours, they were able to generate 5x or more the rewards. And depending on where you are in your career, investing heavily in your skills and competence can pay dividends for a long time.

Kayla Rose: She/her, dancer, dance teacher, artist, yogi, skier, and lover.

Balance to me is everything in life. Now. My balance has definitely changed over time as I’ve grown and learned in life.
When I was younger my balance of life was just dance and sleep. Which honestly is not the healthiest lifestyle. I have now found a beautiful balance in life filled with work that I truly enjoy doing (which helps so much), self care, having a social life, spending time with my fiancée, making sure I take time to connect with nature, eating and cooking healthy, getting 8 hours of sleep when I can, and of course dance… Read more>>

Dominique Deed: Entrepreneur, Mom & Children’s Book Self Published Author

Looking back at my life prior to my son, balance was nonexistent in my life. I felt that I did not need to be organized because I did whatever came up & at whatever time. However after my son was born I realized that if I did not come up with some sort of routine and balance I would never be productive enough to accomplish anything outside of motherhood. When I finally developed a morning routine, with the accountability of a couple friends of mine, my days stretched and the things I accomplished multiplied. Read more>>

Traci Hays: Film Director

To me, work-life balance is about carving out quality time to invest in myself, the people, and things that make me happiest and fulfilled as a human being. I’ve always been driven and set high goals for myself. I live, eat and breathe filmmaking and subsequently pushed myself to the detriment of my own mental and physical health. I spent many years in and out of the doctors’ office for various health issues, all stemming from the stress of taking on countless projects simultaneously as a director and designer. Read more>>

Cristina Castrillon: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Work life balance can be hard being in the mental health field, add working from home this past year and It’s easy for lines to become blurred. Surprisingly, the increased difficulty has pushed me to become more aware of the value of work life balance. I’ve become more diligent in my pursuit of it. Like everything in life, balance is key. Anything in extremities creates too much of one thing and too little of another, thus becoming impossible to achieve balance. Read more>>

Jenn Lacy: Fitness Studio Owner & Instructor

The ever elusive work life balance, it feels like it is a constant work in process. As most small business owners know, you’re never really off. Just because I’m not physically in the space, doesn’t mean that I’m not working from home, answering emails or texts in the middle of the night, or frantically driving into work to put out a figurative and thankfully not literal (yet) fire. That being said, when we transitioned in 2021 from owning our franchise to starting our own company, we made non-negotiable’s that included having real time off each week. My long time partner, Kelsey, and I made three crucial decisions that have allowed us to actually find some semblance of a work life balance. Read more>>

Raziel Arcega: Business Owner

I started my business almost 16 years ago when my son was 2 years old. I had left my corporate job to take care of my son, who at that time had a medical condition so I had to stay home and find another way to have a second stream of income. I have started a home business doing small run promotional items. As a new business owner, a mom with a child to take care of and the household, it was a struggle at first. I never ran a business before let alone with a child that needs caring almost 24/7. It was something I had to do at that time for us to make ends meet. Everything became a “learning opportunity” instead of saying challenges. Using positivity helped a lot. Read more>>

Meghan Ross: Writer & Director

Throughout my entire career, I’ve always had a “9-5” (loosely speaking, because some jobs have been way less understanding of having a life outside of work, or accepting of the fact that humans are not bots). But my day jobs weren’t always creatively fulfilling, which meant that my nights and weekends were when I pursued what I actually wanted to be doing with my life: writing and creating comedy (“creating” also loosely speaking, when you consider how much time I spent performing improv in bar basements for free in my early 20s). Read more>>

torithomasmusic@gmail.com

This is a great question, as I recently completely changed how I used to think about what “work life” means. For a long time, I understood work as a totally external thing. If there wasn’t some palpable success at the end of putting in “work hours”, then I didn’t have a successful day. I really committed to the 8 hour mindset every day (sometimes even more), but it wasn’t until this pandemic that things started to change. I lost my day job, and not to undervalue the tumultuous circumstances they were under, I personally felt it was such an opportunity to put in full time hours with music. Read more>>

Kevin Melody: Comedian

My balance has changed significantly over time. When I started Tapped in two years ago it was just me, our creative director Gabe, and our social media genius Mark. Now we have three additional members to help. Your success is very dependent on the quality of help you have. Read more>>

Abby & Erick “Spider” Paul: Creatives & Choreographers

Balance is the key ingredient in maintaining a healthy life! Running a company with your spouse can be very challenging and we’ve noticed on many occasions that we need to intentionally create space to do non-work activities to keep our relationship healthy. We’ve both learned the hard lesson that over-productivity does not equate to success. As creatives, we find that over-productivity tends to diminish the quality of our work. Saving space for play awakens the child-like imagination in all of us. Read more>>

David Gomez: CEO and founder of Clean Energy Solutions

When I started my first business I had zero work balance. It was all about working hard and playing hard. Working 12-14 hour days was the norm, and half a day on Saturdays. Monday through Friday was all about being super focused on production, growth and expansion. While the weekends were for blowing off steam, partying, and taking fun trips to Vegas and Miami, etc. Read more>>

Laurence Jacobs: Filmmaker

I think this is a constant struggle for anyone who works in a creative realm. For me, having a work/life balance is crucial. Without taking breaks my eyes kind of become mush. Of course, we all suffer from screen fatigue, but this really applies to artists whose literal job it is to create images. And there’s the other side of this balancing act which I find much harder–when you go from project to project and then suddenly you have free time. For me, it’s sometimes hard to turn off that part of my brain. Read more>>

Janan Ashton: Actor, Poet, Content Creator, and Mental Health Advocate

What is a work/life balance? If you would have asked me this question last year, I wouldn’t have known how to answer you. I come from a bloodline of women that, for lack of a better phrase, would “go out and get it.” For example, I watched my mother get two Master’s degrees and a PhD by the time I was 17/18 years old, all the while taking care of me, my grandparents, and my sick aunt and cousin before their passing in 1996 and 2013. I strongly believed that as a black woman striving to be above the status quo, I had to do everything to evolve. Therefore, that caused long days, restless nights, and a lack of self-care that gravely affected my mental health. Read more>>

Lauren Boone: Media and Development Executive, Producer, Director

The work/life balance is an aspect of life that I feel gets overlooked first, and with ease. Once you realize that there is no balance between these two things, it becomes harder to make it happen. Who doesn’t want to be good at their job? Who doesn’t want to work hard to get a promotion? Not many, I’ve found, especially in the highly competitive entertainment industry. This way of thinking is great until you realize that you are always hustling, working overtime, giving way more than you are getting, and STILL waiting for the next best thing to come. Once you fall into accepting that you “just don’t have time” for yourself, or to do anything that makes you happy independent of your job, it’s time to re-evaluate in my opinion. Read more>>

RhaziOnDaBeat: Music Producer

Work life balance has definitely been challenging at times especially within the past year. I have been workin with my artist ILYAH on very big projects that we are dropping very soon as well as other collaborations with different other artists. Making an album and shooting its music videos is not an easy thing to do and it has definitely been time consuming but I am also thankful to have been doing what I love and work doesn’t really seem like work to me because I love and enjoy what I do. Read more>>

Tawan Bazemore: Director and Cinematographer

Balance is defined by equal parts and that doesn’t mean 50/50; it’s what is comfortable or an acceptable amount of time dedicated between 2 or more areas of interest or commitment. This was my discovery after believing commitment meant achieve or death. Let me explain. You don’t want to arrive at your goal depleted; having nothing to offer it but a conversation about how you damn near killed yourself just to get to it, but nothing left to move forward. Rest in-between the grind. Read more>>

Cody Wilson: Documentary Film Maker

Work life balance is always a struggle; especially working in film. I have found the harder we try to balance our lives in this career we oftentimes lose that battle or blend the two together. However, when we separate work and life completely. That’s when we truly have balance. (Sounds very Confucius-y, I know. Maybe that’s where I got it?) The truth is I have struggled with this quite a bit in my life, it’s only until recently that I have realized my “life” aspect of the equation is something that will truly better the “work” part. Read more>>

Katrina Zemrak: Film Composer

Unfortunately in the film scoring world, I’ve heard of many composers working all day and into the night, often all the time. When I was younger I used to do a similar thing, but mainly because I’d have another job during the day or because I had a large project coming up. Sometimes I still work into the evening, but not like I used to. I used to stay up until 2 or 3 am sometimes trying to finish something! It was wild! But now I’ve come to learn and realize how IMPORTANT it is to stop at a decent time, to take time for myself, and to get the rest that I need in order to be ready to do my best tomorrow. Read more>>

Walker Barnes Kemma Filby: Kemma Filby | Actor & Writer, Walker Barnes | Actor & Writer

Working in entertainment is a constant Catch-22 as it necessitates giving all of yourself to your work to be successful but needing to maintain personal relationships, physical and spiritual health, and creative hobbies in order to be a healthy and well-rounded person in order to do so. There will never be enough time in the day to fit it all in which makes balance both unachievable and an ever-changing north star. We’ve discovered that whatever we are pursuing- whether its the creative, the business, or our personal lives- they bleed into each others in a fluid exchange of progress and engagement. With that in mind, we have found it more beneficial to chase harmony in place of balance, which involves a constant reprioritizing as both we and our business grow in tandem. Read more>>