We had the good fortune of connecting with Arielle Turner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Arielle, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
First of all, burnout is real. I used to be somewhat of a workaholic. It was always work, work, work; Grind, grind, grind.I missed out on so much looking too far ahead and not relishing in the process and patting myself on the back along the way. As I got older, I started to value rest more because no matter how hard you work, if you don’t rest you may miss out on the reward in the end. These days, I’m very mindful of how much I work and make sure I schedule in rest days to focus on my being. Those days I am completely “out of the office” and unavailable to any business calls, texts, and emails. Doing this keeps me sharp and helps with creativity. Because burnout doesn’t always look like exhaustion. Burnout could look like self-doubt, lack of interest in your art, and creative blocks. I’ve experienced that all too often throughout my years of entrepreneurism. I recently met a Life Coach Don and she always says “Balance over Burnout” and that’s something to live by in anything you do in life!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well I like to think of myself as an omnivert. So I’m an introvert, but extroverted in certain situations. Honing in on photography forces me to interact more with people and continuously makes me uncomfortable. I know that sounds strange, but that’s what I experience every time I have a shoot. I’m having to meet with complete strangers and have to make them feel comfortable in front of my camera, while I, in my mind, awkwardly navigate through the session. I’m also extremely silly, so my way of dealing with uncomfortable situations is by joking and that gets my clients to loosen up. It works every time like a charm. Photography is essential. I wish more people would give it the value it deserves.
Think about it. How often do you look at old photos of your kids, great grandparents, or memories of the past and get taken back to that time or moment? Photos make everything vivid. It’s a literal superpower to capture a moment in such a way that it can be lived over and over again. That’s what I do. I feel like we are all put on this earth with a purpose(s). This is one of mine. Getting here was far from easy. We all have our own personal lives outside of our businesses and that can get in the way more times than I’d like to admit. But I’ve overcome so many things in my 30 years on this earth than some elders can speak on. I often have to remind myself of how powerful I am and that I am a survivor, so when challenges arise within my professional life I am able to handle it with care and move along. Nothing worth having will come with ease. You will receive a million no’s, but that one “yes” and the right “yes” will get you to where you’re supposed to be. That’s what I live by. There were so many times I thought I had given up on this dream, but really it was just a pause and I returned even better. In time, you will get what you deserve. Keep going. Don’t stop. No matter what.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When people visit, we always do the cliché things like going to Hollywood to look at the stars, Beverly Hills for the Walk of Style, In-Out Burger, and Roscoe Chicken & Waffles for food. Outside of that some of my favorite things to do visit Leimert Village on Sundays. There’s always amazing local vendors, live music and sometimes DJ sets. Oh! And you cannot beat the food trucks. I’m always there looking for Voodoo Vegan or the Jamaican food. I also love to take my friends to Day Parties in Hollywood or DTLA. Nothing can beat it. You get to meet people from all over, eat good food, and vibe to good music. Hiking would definitely be on the list. We would hike the Hollywood sign, and find a punchbowl/waterfall hike to experience. I’ve hiked the Santa Paula Punchbowl and it was intense, but worth it! I’m not much of a shopper, but my friends are. So I would definitely take them to check out Century City Mall, and the Grove because there’s so much more to do there than just shop. I’m all about experiences.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My circle; Auiesha, Shi, Jamaea, Tianna, The Colemans, Kiara, Shamell, my mom and Tuan Bui. They’re the first ones that come to mind because they’ve been in my corner since the beginning and always encourage me to keep going further and harder when I get down on myself. It’s crazy to think that you don’t truly value what your friends say about your work until a complete stranger says the same. I literally just recently started being mindful of announcing myself as a professional. Because I never think of myself in that light. But I’ve been called this for years now and it wasn’t until I started to witness the seeds I’ve planted throughout my journey blooming, that I can now stand proud in my professional photography power. Thank you all for forever rooting for me even when I wasn’t rooting for myself and reminding me all the time of my superpower! My love for you all is endless.
Photos by Arie T. Photography