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.

Kim Hale | Publicist and Dancer

This is such a wonderful question. My thoughts about work life balance have definitely evolved over time. In the past my focus was solely on the hustle and grind of life. I wore it like a badge of honor which left me feeling exhausted, depleted and unfilled. My intention on how I approach work life balance has shifted and my intention now is centered on doing what I love, with people I love, for people love. I heard former Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) President Sheri Salata share this once and it has resonated with me ever since. I believe in living one life, so, for me, a balance between my professional and personal life exists automatically. I know that may sound crazy to some but when you truly love everything you are doing there is no separation between the two. Read more>>

Darren Mangler | Actor/Writer/Producer

Over time, a creative will have to be creative when it comes to doing what you love and paying rent. That sometimes means working on an artistic project that you believe in for free. Or doing a favor for someone that you also believe in. All the while, receiving an income that can support your life while you pursue your passions. There will be a lot of pressure from family and peers on the decisions you make. Friends will buy houses, parents will suggest different paths that pay more money, acquaintances will judge how you live. Read more>>

Shammy Dee | DJ / Artist / Coach

I don’t think I’ve ever really had a the traditional “work/life balance.” I think work/life balance in the traditional sense doesn’t exist. Everybody has different goals and it all depends on what you want to do. If you want to be at the top of whatever it is you want to do, you will have to be at an imbalance for a long time. Look at all the personal lives of the greats – it cost them something because they were out of balance. Maybe you can even it out a bit when you get there, but I don’t believe you can have that balance and be at the top. Read more>>

Jason Peavie | Producer/Artist & Product Configuration Specialist

Work life balance is a huge part of life for the average musician or creative. When first starting off as a producer/artist, I wanted to drop everything including my 9-5 to do music. I did just that and even though I was maintaining, it was a struggle that I felt put a stain on my total purpose… creating! The older I get, the more I value being financially stable. That stability is currently helping me further my music career. But my goal has never changed, that’s to live comfortably and only do music. Read more>>

Callie Haun | Actor

My balance started to change once I began asking myself, “Is this getting me closer to what I want?” I ask this question often in all realms of life and it helps me get out of my own way. I find it to be a good checkin for how I prioritize where/with whom I invest my time and energy. I regard balance the same way I view boundaries; essential for a healthy life. When I first moved to Los Angeles after college I used to say, “Yes” to every social event and project. I’d go out with friends, sleep a couple hours, then rally the next morning to get to set for a typical Five O’Clock call time. This didn’t last long. Read more>>

Tiffany Leonardo | Yin Yoga Teacher & Crystal Sound Healer

Work life balance took on real meaning in my life when I experienced burn out. It happened at a time where I was doing yoga 5-6x a week, working 11hrs days at my corporate job and teaching 1-3 yoga classes a week. Admitting I was a stressed out yoga teacher was a harsh reality, that I had to come to face with. My body’s experience with burnout, was a frozen shoulder and shooting pain in my neck. In the simplest of activities like washing my hair, I had to ask for help. Read more>>

Mathieu Silverman | Actor/ Model/ Pilot

Managing school and work is getting a little harder now that I am in high school. But luckily, I am able to do my auditions after school or weekends and filming has been happening on the weekends. So thankfully this year, I have figured out a way to be able to manage both. School and acting are both very important to me, so I’m happy I have been able to keep them both balanced without either one being affected. I look forward to the summer, where I won’t have to worry about school and can focus on my acting and my flying, which is also another passion of mine. Read more>>

Erik Rivera | Stand-Up Comedian, Writer, Director, Actor

I am Stand Up Comedian. I am a husband. I am a father of two. Balance is definitely tricky, but when you have a wife and family that supports you, it definitely gets easier. Don’t get me wrong there’s some trial and error, I don’t want anyone thinking I’ve got it down to a perfect science. You are going to miss stuff on both sides – date nights, Little League games or shows that you wanted to do. You have to be willing to sacrifice for the greater good, it’s not always going to be easy. I’m sorry this answer isn’t funnier, I feel like I’m letting people down that I didn’t have a joke here. Read more>>

Torin Winsborrow | Producer/Artist & Audio Engineer

When I first started making music and learning about audio engineering, I was on my laptop almost every night. I was studying the DAW, learning different tricks in Logic, or how to mix vocals. Once I figured out how to do everything, I created a “routine.” I say “routine,” because it wasn’t a routine. I would work on music during the day, and before falling asleep I was studying different techniques and watching tutorials, and just listening to music in general. I was doing all this while I was working, going to school and doing different activities. Read more>>

Le’Serone Smith | Poetic Lace – Hip Hop Artist, FilmMaker, and President of Yahweh’s Kingdom Forever

I truly believe that finding balance between work and home is one of the most important things on this journey. From when I first started, ten years ago, until now, I’ve become a husband, father, and more people trust me as a leader. This calls for a higher level of balance because my time has to be efficiently allocated. It would be detrimental to my health if I work too much or if I allowed myself to be pulled too far away from accomplishing goals because of the desire to help others. Balance is key! Read more>>

Alena Henke | Actress and Filmmaker

I don’t think there is such a thing as balance. I think striving to find balance is a construct that doesn’t actually exist. The person who wants to stay in the office till 8pm because what they are doing is genuinely exciting or they feel fulfilled by being great at their job… I don’t think they necessarily should feel bad about that. How crazy is that? Someone pushes themselves and does great work, and then they are made to feel bad about it because they aren’t checking off all the other boxes that we are supposed to achieve. And the same could be said by someone who manages to get by with what they need, and simply enjoys hanging out. The more we all listened to ourselves, the better off we would be. We would inherently achieve that sense of peace we are looking for in “balance”. Read more>>

Jonathan Anzaldi | Co-Founder, NANAS

Being an entrepreneur means that you have control of your day. This can be a double-edged sword, unless you are organize, prioritize and maintain a sense of balance. Every one of us has certain things that we cherish and make us the individual that we are. For me – there are three things that I know I personally need to do to have a productive day: spend time with my fiancé, exercise, and walk my dog. So I wake up every morning at 5AM and I enter somewhat of my “daily routine”. I make sure to workout first thing, so that I have a clear mind and feel energized. I then like to spend time with my fiancé before we both start our workdays. And in regards to walking my dog – I find it is a great way to clear my head and think of new ideas. The time away from my computer and phone give me an opportunity to take a mental break and really just be. Read more>>

David Stankunas | Entrepreneur

Early on in my career, there was no work-life balance for me, there was only work. Back then, I believed that work and life were one and the same. I was focused entirely on building my businesses. Entrepreneurship was my life, my identity…pretty much my everything. As I’ve grown older, my businesses remain an important part of my life, but are no longer the most important thing, and they certainly aren’t the only thing. Read more>>

Adrienne Wiley | Jewelry Designer and Retailer

Work life balance is something that has become increasingly important to me over time. I used to stretch myself so thin and barely have any time to myself at all. Then in 2018, I took a step back, and made tome changes in my business to create a less hectic schedule. Having that time helped me realize what I was missing and that I needed to make sure not to get that overloaded again. As a small business, it’s sometimes hard to draw that line in the sand for yourself. However, I feel like now I know when I have too many things on my plate and I can get things in check before it gets crazy. Read more>>

A’Lores C. Norris | Owner and Creator of The House of Flawless, Pro Makeup Artist and Author

Balancing Work, and family was one of the most difficult things for me at first. I was a stay at home mom for 11 years so when i stepped out on my own and opened my own cosmetic store things started to spiral out of control at home and at work. I would forget about my kids football games, and activities because my mind was so focused on the store, or I would forget about appointments at the store because I was so worried about kids. The days I had off I really wasn’t off because I was still on the phone arranging appointments or would still end up at the store getting in last minute appointments. Eventually that stressed me out to the point where I was completely burned out. I started to schedule days I was at work and when I was off I would really stick to that. I also started to schedule me some Me DAYS just to reboot and relax. I had to find a way to run the business, manage my family and take care of myself. Organization is a great way to balance work and family. Read more>>

Elizabeth Victoria | Wedding Photographer

When I first started out I would take any job I could get just to make money. I’d work on days I didn’t want to work on, and I’d photograph sessions that I really didn’t enjoy. At one point, even though I still wasn’t making as much as my goal, I decided that my freedom and personal life was more important than the money I’d make during a shoot I was miserable doing. At this point in my photography career I only take on assignments that I know I’ll love. This helps to give me a greater ability at balancing my personal interests as I have more time where I’m not only working. In my busier months, if I have a weekend off I generally will do very little work and I’ll take that time for myself and my family. When I have a full weekend of weddings I’ll usually take the following Monday or Tuesday after that weekend off. I’ll schedule a massage and spend time either relaxing or hanging out with my family and friends. Read more>>

Danny and Tenesia Pascal | Founders

During the majority of our company’s life span we’ve also had day jobs until recently and coupled with now a new baby, we’ve found balancing work and life challenging but rewarding. In the first few years of the business things were easier because we were just getting started so didn’t have a lot of demand, however as we’ve grown we find ourselves much busier, forfilling orders, manufacturing products and also growing the business. Read more>>

Monika DeVinny | Creative & Maker

My priorities have definitely shifted over the years. I used to have a full time job and a full time business. I would work my 9 to 5, come home, do the whole mom thing, and then after everyone was asleep I would stay up until 3am doing my business. It was exhausting! I’ve come to realize, I do not need to work myself to death to feel accomplished. I quit my 9 to 5 five years ago to be more present with my children, and now I fit in my new business during my down time. I still struggle with keeping balanced, but I am so much more aware of when I need a break, and I don’t feel guilty about it. Read more>>

Jhana Parits | Production Designer/Art Director

I always thought I had a good work life balance until I had a baby, then I realized that what I thought was balance wasn’t balance at all. I used to always fully immerse myself into my work, and was constantly working nonstop, taking on any project no matter how busy or drained I was, always rescheduling any commitments pertaining to my personal life for my work, I also took on a lot of projects in fear of losing out on opportunities and/or future work, in fear of being replaced if I declined a job. Read more>>

Jendra Jarnagin | Cinematographer

At the beginning of embarking on a freelance career, I had no concept of balance. I fell into the belief that in order to succeed I had to sacrifice everything else in my life in service of my career and give it 110% or I “wouldn’t get anywhere.” Obviously, that can only last so long before you realize how hollow your one-sided life has become and chasing that carrot brings no satisfaction because no matter what you achieve you can never get where you are trying to go; it’s a moving target. The more you achieve, the more you want… Read more>>

Josh Choo | Producer & Artist

Work life balance is something that did not really register in my mind as a creative until halfway through college. Throughout my freshman year I was involved in so many exciting and inspiring projects but I experienced imbalance that lasted until my sophomore year. I think there is difficulty for creatives to distinguish what is “work” and just “life” activities. For me I had to reassess what were things that I would put in my schedule and why. Whether it was practicing instruments and writing music, or decompressing playing video games and working out, I had to decide what I was focussing on for my mental survival. Read more>>

Melissa Mooney | Health Coach, Yoga Director, & Personal Trainer

My work life balance has definitely shifted in the last couple of years. When I started my business, I felt I needed to work 24/7 to launch everything; establish clients; feel stable. And when you offer that to yourself and to your clients, it becomes a habit and an expectation. I built a thriving client-base, but I never took time off. I was working 7 days a week and I was burning out. So these last couple of years, I have shifted away from that. Granted, during covid shutdowns, I think we all blurred lines again between our Off and On time – but I received some great advice from a friend: Put daily personal time in your calendar. Whether that’s for a workout, stepping away from the computer to eat a meal, or just a hard Clock Out time. Then stick to it. “I am unavailable” is a full sentence. We don’t have to explain that it’s because getting some fresh air or savoring instead of inhaling our meal helps our sanity. Read more>>

Heena Chung | Digital Graphic Designer

Coming from a background of pulling all-nighters and working on projects all day, every day, from school, I could not imagine taking a break from working. So after I graduated, I took all the freelance opportunities possible. At one time, I was working on 5–6 projects at once — staying in front of the computer all day, getting up only to eat or stretch. I was used to this type of lifestyle from school, so it made sense to me. I was living a nonexistent work-life balanced life, and I thought this would keep my creativity flowing. But it was just the opposite. I loved working on projects, but I was not feeling the excitement and passion I felt during school. Read more>>

Laura Sims | Online Boutique Owner & SAHM

Balancing work and personal life is one the hardest challenges when running your own business. What’s helped me is setting realistic goals for the day and month and writing them down. Then when I’m pulled in 20 directions at once (which with three kids at home, distraction is part of the gig) I’m able to regroup and get back on track quickly. As the business grows, the balance shifts and being intentional about setting healthy boundaries in work is important. We live in a time where people can have access to you through social media and online sales 24/7. Being intentional about setting your phone down at a certain time is helpful in maintaining work life balance. Give yourself time slots throughout the day that are dedicated to social media and responding to customers. You’ll be able to be more present in your day when you know you’ll have time to respond to comments and inquiries later. Read more>>

Elizabeth Nelson | Self Love Mentor & Entrepreneur

I’ve realized over the years the more I give back to me the higher quality of energy I am going to be able to put into my creations. There were so many times I felt I needed to force and push my way through my creative process, only to be faced with exhaustion and loss of joy in what it was I was working on. So after many ups and downs within my business and life in general, I found that in the moments of “rest and digest” I was gifted with the creative juices I was searching for. For so long I was fighting against this flow. Read more>>

Megan Rakos | Creative

Supay has been on a hiatus since February of this year, and it’s because of me. I have to take accountability and say that I completely failed my work-life balance. It started with a tiny pill that I haven’t been consistent with since I was diagnosed with cancer. At 21 years old I didn’t like anyone telling me I needed to do anything, learning the hard way was preferred. I’ve tested my body’s boundaries with the flux of side effects that occur when my levels are off-balance. My body responds in two major ways – it brings me into a frustrating realm of depression or an unsettling jittering bout of panic. Read more>> 

Inez Singletary | Astrologer and Tarot/Qabalah Educator. Counselor. Coach. Sounding board. Breakthrough facilitation.

I am now well into retirement age, and though many people in their 70’s work full time as an apparent necessity, I would not want to work full time with a commute. I feel fortunate to be able to work part time with designer hours that work on my whim. My favorite time of day for productive work is the morning. I am in a 7:00 A.M. writing group from Monday to Friday. When the group ends at 8:00 A.M., I am ready to meditate, which consists of reviewing where the planets are and meditating in silence for 10 minutes, and looking at a select set of Tarot Keys for 5 minutes. Then I open my journal, pen in hand and write 3 pages of stream of consciousness words that are inspired by the planetary placements, the tarot keys and my life. Read more>>

Maya Reid | Jewelry Designer & Policy Researcher

Because I’m juggling a full-time career with being a solopreneur, there is literally always work to do. I’ve had to learn over time that I will never check off everything on my to-do list — sometimes it’s not even worth spending the time to make the list, because the work will never be “done.” There is no such thing as “done.” Individual tasks can be done, but the work will never be done, and that means that I have to set boundaries. What that looks like these days is that Sunday through Thursday, I don’t work after 11pm. Read more>>

Stephanie Dotson | Artist

Of late I have been so focused on my school work. I graduate June 10th with my degrees in Psychology and Sociology. The balance has been all work and no time for my passion which is my art. But being a single mom and working it’s tough. So my focus has been all work honestly. But I see the finish line so I know the the balancing scales are slowly moving back into place. Which is a great feeling. Because doing so much in your life and just seeing what you worked for come together, its so beautiful. So the change has been gradual but well worth the hardship. Read more>>

Hannah Crowley | Singer-songwriter

My work life balance has changed significantly over time. When I first moved to Los Angeles I spent nearly every day scouring the web for job opportunities. In order to establish myself I felt that I needed to spend as much time as possible gaining experience – paid or unpaid. I spent those early days saying yes to everything ! Over time this became emotionally and physically draining, but there was a positive side. I met some incredible people, built a valuable local network and in general got the feel for what the LA music industry was all about. Read more>>

Marci Christie | Artist & Mother

Work life balance for me has drastically changed, especially in the last 2 years or so. With the birth of my children and the sudden passing of a family friend, it changed my perspective on what is important and it as it turns out, it’s always spending time with your loved ones. I had been working ever since I was 16 and never stopped. It gave me fulfillment to move up in the leadership ladders to prove to myself that my hard work does have a reward, but when I would get home, I would be so tired or so stressed that it hindered my time with my loved ones and my personal creativity. Read more>>

Rob Rice | Filmmaker and Neuroscientist

I used to have a very uncomplicated understanding of this balance and pretty much thought that there shouldn’t be one – that work should massively outweigh life in the accounting. I was attracted to a kind of virtuosity that I find really boring now, but that still dominates a broader public understanding of what a “masterpiece” is. There are some complicated origins of this idea that the great artist works themselves ragged, all jumbled together now but probably tracing back to some mixture of masculinity, protestantism and capitalism (see Weber). Read more>>

Anthony Spinner | Personal Trainer

Work has become my entire life for the most part, but I can’t complain because I love what I do. Yes, sometimes it sucks when I can’t do regular things like go out with my friends or celebrate birthdays because of my crazy work schedule, but I keep telling myself that it will all pay off in the end. I’m just thankful that I have people in my life who are very understanding and supportive of my business. I will say that I always try my best to make time for my loved ones though in any way that I can. Read more>>

Senseii | Independent Artist

Looking back I thought I had a grasp on what I thought was balance, I completely had it misconstrued. Growing up my parents instilled that “you wont be successful if you don’t work hard”, yes that is evident but how I approached work life balance was me lacking in complete structure. After getting my daughter settled for bed, I used to work on music, editing my videos, and plan on new ideas until the next morning. Barely having enough rest & drinking a lot of caffeine took a tole on me through out time. Read more>>

Samuel Matury | Actor, Writer, Director, Musician

When I graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, my schedule went from constantly full to completely free. I moved into an apartment with three other people and I was instantly looking for a job to pay the bills. Admittedly, there were times that I was lazy and spent time watching television. I was offered a job from a large corporation, but then I was put on hold for several months. This was primarily due to the pandemic, and I was forced to look elsewhere for odd jobs. Read more>>

Candice McFashion | Founder of Captivating Candy LLC

Most of us can agree that balance is important but it is not easy. We know how we want our lives to look but we may not know how to get there. Work life balance is important because it effects our life and the people in it. Ultimately, the balance of work life is based on our choices. And because work can be a huge stressor, no matter how much you love what you do, we have to prioritize what’s most important. I am a wife and mother of two little ones under the age of 4. (Laughs) Yes, my life is hectic! But I had to learn, if my home is not in order, neither will be work life be. It’s easy to just focus on myself and work alone when I was single with no obligations. As I began to grow my family, I gained more roles and I had to decide which roles are more of a priority. Read more>>

Miho Watanabe | Owner

Work life balance when we started our businesses 4 years ago was almost non-existent. We were both hustling with multiple sources of work/income, and to no surprise both our health and relationship took a toll. But when it came down to confronting ourselves, each other, and our core values, we knew we wanted to commit to this entrepreneurship endeavor, as well as support each other in living our best lives while in this pursuit. With a lot of patience, perseverance and communication, after the first 2 years, we started to find some more balance in our work lives. Each year it gets a little better, as work life balance is still one of our biggest priorities. But as we continue to go through growing pains at the moment, we are still struggling to fine tune it. It’s definitely something we will never take for granted. Read more>>

Eva la Feva | Burlesque/Belly Dance Performer and Artistic Director of the Newport Theater

For myself (and many stage performers), the ghosts of pre-Covid identity still haunt us. In niche art forms like burlesque, hustle culture weaves a narrative that success can only be attained by pushing beyond limits, accepting an imbalanced effort/income ratio, creating art that is profitable instead of artistically fulfilling, and tamping down mental health issues. The burnout can lead to a downward spiral in which identity is defined solely by artistic output, and the joy of performing begins to have diminishing returns. Read more>>

Brittnee Lau | Tea Specialist & Blender

Up until very recently I had no concept of work life balance, & I didn’t think it was very important. Before I devoted myself to my company full time, I always had a demanding work schedule that would require me to work 60 – 65 hrs a week (not including the work I took home with me). I thought that was pretty normal, but I was very lonely. In my early 20s I didn’t see my friends very much, and loathed committed relationships that would get in the way of me reaching my goals. I always thought to myself, “I’ll have time in a few years when I get to where I need to be.” But then I blinked, and I was 30. Read more>>

Josh Stephens | Independent College

My version of “work/life” balance often annoys people. Because I work from myself, and can do 90% of my work from a laptop, I can work anywhere, and I can decide to work or not work whenever I want. That’s why I can have lunch with a friend in the middle of the day and take trips from Monday to Thursday rather than just Friday through Sunday. What it often means, though, is that I have to do work (some, not a lot) on those trips, and I might have to check my email immediately after that lunch. I am quick to apologize, though, but I do have to ask for forbearance sometimes. Read more>>