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.

Megan Farrell-Zweigle | Medical Illustrator and Woodburner

My work life balance was a large part of the reason that I left my “traditional” career. I was working as an occupational therapist, and ran myself into the ground trying to manage that, my health, and my art business. I thought that going full time as an artist would help me find balance, but at first it got worse. When you’re your own boss, the great thing is there’s no one to tell you when to work. The hard thing, is there’s no one to tell you when to clock out. Add in working from home, in a studio apartment, and I was pulling 15+ hour days just trying to make more art because in my mind if I wasn’t making product all hours of the day, I wasn’t reaching my full earning potential. Read more>>

Keshroy Spencer | CEO of MuzNet

My balance changed ever so slightly due to various operations of my mobile app needing more attention than others. During the beginning of our project, I understood how to perform certain operations as it pertains to the music and entertainment community. However, as time went on I needed to further my understanding of the cause and effect of varying features our platform presents. Read more>>

Jack Kinyon | Background and Prop Artist

“To get into the Entertainment Industry, you have to be obsessed about your craft.” That’s the advice a mentor gave me shortly after I arrived in LA. It sounds wise, but is it? Consider the challenge every artist faces. To stand out from crowd, you have to have something special, something unique. But what do you have?? There’s always someone better, faster, and more connected than you. If only there was something you could do to get ahead of the pack, to jump to the front of the line. You need a golden ticket. Read more>>

Michael Gazzo | Music Producer & Breathwork Facilitator

Balance is something that I struggled with for many many years. I think identifying so deeply in being the “music producer” had its strengths but ultimately led me down a road of disappointment. I had always done other things but nothing in my mind was as important as what I did for a living. I think growing up with a strong programming that work is a huge component of life and with money scarcity issues along the way, I had to figure out my balance the hard way. Read more>>

Jeff Chen | Actor

I’ve learnt that it’s important for me to force myself to take a break from time to time. I can be intense when it comes to my career: I get bursts of energy to really work on my craft and the business, but burn-out also happens from time to time. It’s easy for me to slip into a place where work is the only thing that I focus on and I would feel guilty even if I am just taking a small break. Overtime, this mentality just took a toll on me and I realize it’s not sustainable if I can’t take care of myself first. Taking care of myself includes making time just for me; explore my hobbies and spend time with my family and friends. Now, I have a rule that is I will eat out at least once a week and I will at least save a day for myself once a month. Read more>>

Jasen Smith | Designer

Great question, I’d like to first thank you and you’re team for allowing me to take part of this discussion. Im not sure one ever has complete balance especially an entrepreneur. There is only so much time in a day so if you focus on one thing rather Family, designing or networking one of the other takes a back seat. I believe finding the time in a allowed day is the key. As we get older ones focus changes from clubs to kids late nights to earlier mornings, its about prioritizing whats important setting goals and executing. Read more>>

DoloRRes | Artist

I used to breathe music, every day and every decision was somehow related to my music or my career. i don’t really do that anymore and i am a lot more mentally stable, I actually live my life and enjoy it these days because I was taking a self destructive route with the music and it started affecting a lot of things so yeah had several experiences and now I just balance as much as i can. I try to be as present as possible even in the rare occasions that I’m actually in the studio cos I’m not there very often. I’m off the grind, Read more>>

Tatiana Kovalskaia | Interior Designer Worldwide based in LA

Finding work-life balance requires you to think about what matters most and make a list of the most valuable priorities in your work and personal life. When reading the list, you will see which aspects of life need to be given more or less attention. Effective and economical time management is the most important thing that can successfully balance work and personal life. If you control what you spend your time on for a certain period, you will see exactly where the imbalance is. Read more>>

Jamé Jackson | On-Camera Personality & Founder of TheBlondeMisfit

Like probably most entrepreneurs, the word “balance” did not exist in my vocabulary for the longest time. More times than I’d like to admit, I worked myself into the ground chasing various success metrics I needed for myself and my business. Today, I actually have a bit more balance in my life because of a few things. Read more>>

Shinya Lin | Contemporary Music Performer & Composer

To me, music comes from life, waking up to the ordinary life is the most important realization of human beings from nowadays social constructs, I am fortunate that I am pursing an art or what people would said a more abstract career, in the case work and life are interpenetrating inseparable, accepting whatever it comes, living the life following the forces, be flexible on changes and having a clear mind of what I am going for. Read more>>

Zarah Khan | Executive Chef, Botanica Restaurant

When I was in my twenties I was crazy. I would work 6-7 days a week regularly. My first year as an executive chef, I trained for and ran a trail marathon! Now, I need balance. I am more aware of burnout and I understand that creativity only flourishes when you have space away from the grind of work. You can’t be holding it together, short staffed, working 14 hour days and be your best from a leadership or creative standpoint. I have become more protective of my time to just be a human in the world because that effects how I am able to show up at work each day. Read more>>

Jillian King | Television Producer

“Work-life balance” has never been a popular concept in the entertainment industry. When I first started in the industry was expected that you would always be available; long hours for little pay were “paying your dues,” and the infamous phrase, “there is no ‘no,’” was introduced to me. Because of this, I spent over 15 years married to my job. Read more>>

Jenny Kong | Freelance Hairstylist & Makeup Artist

I had two dreams growing up. 1. Become a successful hairstylist/makeup artist. 2. Have a family of my own and live a happy life. As of now, I have fulfilled both dreams partially.. It is so difficult to have a even work life balance, but I am trying my best to achieve it! Before I got married and had kids, it was mostly work, work, work! Now, being a working mom.. I’m trying to keep it 50/50, working when I can and also being there for my family. I drop my kids off at school, volunteer at their school when I have time, take them to swim lessons once a week, and try to have dinner with just my husband at least once every other week. With no effort it would be hard, but when I’m at work, I work hard! and when I’m with the family, we make the best of it. I’m pretty happy with the balance I have now. Read more>>

Victoria Lover | Visual Director, Producer + Editor

Work life balance is no easy feat. My balance as a mother, a creative and a career woman has changed over time with discipline and self-care. I ensure outside of work hours that I am present with my son. Therapy has allowed me to achieve more self-love, self-care and self-confidence to step outside of my identity as a mother and do what nurtures me most and go where I thrive the most. The balance comes with carving out time for self. Read more>>

Antonia King | Zooga Yoga Founder and CEO

Work life balance became important to me after having my three kids. I had a 20 year career in film & television after graduating from University of Southern California film school. I loved my life and career and worked non-stop. I don’t regret anything during that time of my life, but my career kept me from seeing my children and watching them grow up. Read more>>

James Faulkner | Graphic Designer and Collage Artist

My balance with regard to my work and creative life comes into play with being focused on my health and wellbeing. Though it is some years ago now I set this as a priority when I first became a parent and needed to focus on my family life. Read more>>

Devin Bianchini | Makeup artist

Balance is very important in my line of work. As a freelancer it is very easy to put work first and always say yes to a job because we don’t have a steady salary. I used to find myself always saying yes and putting my loved ones on the back burner. It takes some time to realize work is not always everything and it is okay to say no to work at times and to put yourself and other priorities in your life first. Read more>>