We had the good fortune of connecting with Anthony Qureshi and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anthony, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I feel that I have learned to look fulfillment in life like a 2 sided coin: one side is progress – some tie this to career; and the other side is personal relationships- some tie this to significant others or a community. And Balance is the key to keeping coin up.
I think it has often been expressed (and in personal experience), chasing “success” comes at a cost- usually a sacrifice of time and energy in trying to execute at a high level. In many cases, most personal relationships tend to take a backseat.
The funny thing is, who do you usually want to call when you want to celebrate?
Also, If you are only working, and not taking the time to actually rest and enjoy life outside of work, then what are you working for?
We all know life is full of responsibilities and obligations, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have fun and bring joy to what we are doing, or even after the job is done.
The beautiful thing about balance, it’s not necessarily about “equal”. Human beings sleep for 8 hours (or less) to be awake and operating for the other 16 hours in a day.
Balance is not 50/50. It’s whatever is needed for you to come back to fulfillment.
Sometimes a little goes a long way, especially in “Go” mode. 4 hours of focus, then a 30 min break, or a work week with a weekend off. Balance is whatever can keep you progressing AND have fulfilling relationships.
Quick things about balance
1) Just like life, it will evolve and gradually change as you experience more life
2) People have their own balance, it’s learning to understand what that is for the people in your life (love languages, etc).
3) Life will give you it’s own balance between blessings and lessons. Every Season will test you differently
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Being a creative and trying to make that creativity a profession and business is definitely no easy task. While it is a joy and blessing, every journey has it’s challenges. Learning how to be more business minded and operate a business is often times difficult when you have no background in business and you are trying to do the thing you love.
Often “doing the thing you love” and not understanding business (and your worth), can easily lead to tolerating unfavorable conditions and being drained.
I have learned to think of business as an art- be creative about it and make it a game.
I’d say one of the biggest wins and lessons I have learned is about attitude, energy, and effort. If you are willing to be solution oriented and have a good attitude, people will want to work with you. Your attitude affects your energy which affects your effort. In a competitive space such as entertainment, being a good person stands out tremendously.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The beauty of Los Angeles, is that it has some really amazing places to go. I love to show people the nature side, so hikes like Runyon, Fryman, or Eaton Canyon (with a waterfall!) is a must! Probably Santa Monica Pier
Definitely gotta show off some of the foods we have in Southern California, like KBBQ & Taco trucks.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d say first to my mom and brothers- they have been very supportive of me pursuing arts and entertainment. Which is huge coming from a family with an immigrant parent and multiple cultures in the house, often which safety and security is top priority.
Next would really be my friends, clients, and (dance) community. Coming from a performing arts community that began to thrive with online content, most of all my business has been referral based, which I am extremely grateful for. To be able to work amongst peers creating things that either inspire or entertain is truly a blessing.
@ddcvisuals Derrick Caldwell