By far the most common conversation we have with the folks we interview is about work-life balance. Starting a business or pursuing a creative career makes finding work life balance really tough because there is no clear start and end to one’s work day. We’ve shared some of our conversations on the topic below.

Genevieve Garner | Makeup & Hair Artist

As a freelancer having a work/life balance is so important! When I was younger and just starting out as a makeup and hair artist I had no balance and that took a toll on me. But when you’re first starting your career you want to take every opportunity that is thrown your way, even if you get no sleep. Every year I choose a word to live by instead of a resolution and a few years ago I chose BALANCE. I chose to focus on what that meant to me and what I needed to feel happy personally and professionally. Read more>>

Carolina Cortella | Ceramic Artist & Treatment Desinger

Finding work life balance has always been a challenge for me, specially as a creative person. It’s very easy to dive into projects and give your whole life, your time, your time off, everything to it, to the point that you end up burnt out. Now I’m at a great place, where I’m allowing myself more time to make ceramics and acknowledging how important is for me to express myself artistically and trying to calm down the “money making” voice that always wants to have a say. I still work in the industry as a creative researcher and treatment designer, but my mind has a different set up and I’m pursing a more balanced lifestyle that involves making ceramics. Read more>>

Nina Waters | Founder & Boss Lady

The work-life balance in the beginning of my business was hard to manage. Gaining the trust of new clients was the number #1 goal for me and that meant answering emails and phone calls at all hours and bending over backwards to please everyone. Now, almost 4 years as a successful small business owner, I make sure there is balance – I take time for myself throughout each day, whether it’s spending time in the mornings going for a walk or going for a 3-hour bike ride during the day. I don’t unplug totally during that time, in case there is an emergency, but it’s a place and time where I get to clear my mind. Read more>>

Arin Jae | Artist & Designer

Life is very different for me now. I started a family. I am a mother of three boys who ages are two, five, and six.. Boy mom life is pretty busy. I want to make sure I’m giving my family 100% but not losing myself in doing so. I had to find ways to take a break and let my creativity flow. With the support of my husband I’ve been able to take the time and build the brand Arin Jae. Prior to becoming a mother. I had all the time in the world to get lost in creating. Painting or drawing was very therapeutic growing up. It was more of my hobby as a child and a teenager. I went to school for fashion design in Hollywood, CA. Read more>>

Quinton Bemiller | Artist, Professor, Curator

Balance is the most important thing for me at this point in my life. I think about balance in terms of obligations to others and obligations to myself. Over time, my list of obligations has increased. I have students, colleagues, children, family and friends who rely on me in some capacity. For myself, I have to make time to create my art and do the things that replenish me. It isn’t easy. Any time I do something for myself, I am essentially telling someone else to wait. Even now as I answer this question, one of my children is asking me for something! Read more>>

Felicia Katsson | Host Of In the Music & Owner Of Felicia Katsson Entertainment & Marketing

So, I am trying to learn to have a work life balance because at this current moment I didnt know how to. I try to accomplish so much it gets a bit overwhelming. As i am working a full-time job still as well as doing my show I was having a hard time trying to balance both. Read more>>

Cory Councill | Senior Music Publicist, Big Hassle Media

I see this question and I think, for me, it is very similar to the question “how do you define success?” Success is balance. The best days are those where I’ve connected with a few or all of my clients, found new opportunities for them, had a few laughs throughout the day, discovered a new song, artist, or band, and somehow managed to also take care of myself by connecting with friends and family, making good meals, and staying active. Read more>>