We had the good fortune of connecting with Alena Henke and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alena, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
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”.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a cross disciplinary artist so I could be doing a variety of projects at any given time. I recently wrote a feature and that has been a very exciting process so far. I am still very much so growing and learning and hopefully one of these days I’ll be able to better expand upon who I am.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am an LA native but am very much so an eastsider through and through. I love Union Station- the history and architecture of it. There are plenty of historical Art Deco buildings like the Bradbury building downtown. I would say going to the Los Feliz 3, getting pie at House of Pies, and checking out Griffith Park would be a solid day. Little Dom’s, El Condor, Speranza, Yoga Urt, Semi Tropic, Tacos Delta are all winners.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Heather Grehan who has supported my writing efforts through out the pandemic.