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.

Seung Yon Lee | 3D Artist

When I was young, I thought work and life should be close together. However, after starting my career, my thought changed. For me, keeping a balance between work and life is important. If you put too much effort into work, your life cycle will be destroyed. On the other hand, if you only care about your life, then your work experience will be the worst. I tried to find a good balance between work and life. My answer is to focus on one thing at a time. Do not think about your life when you work. Do not think about your work when you take a rest. If you keep thinking about the other, then your life cycle is going to be massed. To avoid this, I focus on my work when I work. I don’t think or plan what I’ll do in my free time when I work. Likewise, when I take a rest, I try to not think about my project. This is how I can keep the work-life balance. Read more>>

Steven Baughman | Music Producer/Mixer/Mastering Engineer

At twenty-one I entered the music business straight out of college and like most twenty year olds, I had no chill. I was ready to jump into the Los Angeles studio scene without hesitation or limitations. I landed a job at Larrabee Sound Studios where I was a runner (music slang for gopher/janitor) and made myself readily available for every shift possible. Between my eagerness and education I was quickly promoted to Assistant Engineer. This job required me to be at the studio before the artist/producer/engineer arrived and close up after they left. Somedays I would be in the studio for 12 hours, other days would literally last over 72 hours. It was safe to say that my life was consumed by my job at this point. Read more>>

Sarah Panayiotou | Founder & Artistic Director

I started BABEL with so much excitement and enthusiasm for my work. I used to even joke that I loved it so much that if I could marry it, I would. One day a friend asked how I was, and I went on and on about BABEL. She patiently waited for me to finish, and then she gently said “That’s great, but how are YOU doing?” And, honestly, I could not answer. My life had become so intertwined with my startup that my identity was wound up with it. Less than two years later, I found myself so deep into a sea of depression I had no idea what to do with myself. I had lost all interest in my work. I felt so discouraged right down to my core. The energy and love I had for BABEL was so far gone that even talking about it seemed like such a distant memory. Read more>>

Peter Brant | Filmmaker

When I first moved to LA, I was under the impression that running myself ragged would equate directly to success. I said “Yes, what do you need?” to every opportunity and gave my time to anyone who had a remotely interesting project for me to pour energy into. To a certain degree, that willingness did allow me to gather relationships and prove myself to some key people.  The difficult moment was communicating that I wanted to transition to a more sustainable career that could have some longevity.  That decision was one of the best I have made in my career.  It sort of naturally shed a lot of the relationships that were based on sucking energy out of me and never really filling me back up.  I was able to establish an identity that was dynamic and true to myself. Read more>>

Jodie Bentley | Actor, Producer & Career Coach for Actors

Balance, oof. I feel like I struggled for so long to walk that perfect tight rope of balance. The balance between my coaching business, my acting career, producing, and life as a woman, wife, doggie momma, and friend. I went into self-beat-up mode multiple times because I felt like I’d fall short in one area of my life. Then my Virgo perfectionism would kick in and I’d eventually feel like a failure. Read more>>

Dorée Gordon | musician & personal trainer

I’ve always kept myself very busy. Whether it was with music, work, or even just hobbies, I struggle to feel at ease when I’m not learning or working towards something. I don’t mean to say this as a positive thing, though it has its upsides, because work life balance has been a big struggle to me in the past. I’ve only just begun to find the sweet spot between the two. I was forced to get really organized this year because I just started back at school after a two year hiatus. In this two year gap I was playing shows and working at a gym to make rent. This wasn’t too hard because I only had a few things to focus on, but now balancing between money work, music work, and time off, I see the importance or balance more than before. Read more>>