We had the good fortune of connecting with Dominik van Wyk and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dominik, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Balance is kind of my theme word for 2021. I try to have at least one word, to mark the vision I have for my new year. I obviously leave room for more words to join my repertoire as the months go by. I think it’s key to allow myself space to add and subtract here and there. Balance to me is maintaining my daily schedule, white board goals and routines; whilst also allowing room for things to change here and there. After all life happens and I embrace any spur-of- the-moment idea, rigidness leads to restriction- in my opinion. Having a plan is important but allowing leeway gives me more freedom. I believe that there are so many aspects to my life for example: faith, health, wealth, friendships/relationships, my career and service/giving. It’s really my purpose that drives me to show up as my best self in each area. I work on it everyday, I’m not perfect! To show up as my best self I need to maintain balance. I usually stick to a strict schedule during the week and allow myself rest over the weekends. Sunday’s are especially important to me as my rest and reset days. I use this time to plan for my week ahead and do some TLC. I have seen that balance allows me to show up more mindfully in my life, it sparks my creativity, overall improves my mood and allows me to be more intentional. I love having a balance between work, play and rest. That’s what makes life interesting!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an artists, working as and actress, singer, songwriter, writer and content creator with a nomadic schedule between Los Angeles and South Africa. I am currently in production, working on my EP and singles.
What sets me apart?
I think what sets me apart is my zest for life, laughter, simplicity, positive mindset and my realness. I don’t like to make life to complicated for myself and others. I am also very real about things in life and I believe that it’s a good characteristic that allows for others to relate. I also try to be very impeccable with my word and follow though on things I say I will do. This is a very lost characteristic these days.
What am I proud of?
I am the most proud of how far I have come.
How did I get where I am?
I got where I am today by clear focus and persistence. Consistency is key, as well as building a great network for collaboration.
How to overcome challenges?
Acceptance is key! Life happens but suffering is a choice. Accepting things for what it is and changing my perspective has really been a game changer for me. Rather than falling into a victim mentality, I rather try to look at what lesson this challenge is trying to teach me whilst still valuing my emotions. I think it’s important to look at a problem head on and not ignore it but one doesn’t have to dwell on it. Rather I go into problem solving and reviewing my strategies.
Lessons I have learned?
I have definitely learnt that you are just as good as your last performance. Life can change in an instance and one needs to be flexible in adapting with it. I think the biggest lessons I have learned is to let go of things that don’t serve me (people, believe systems and topics of discussion) if they don’t add value to my life, they are not worth keeping. I have also learnt that hard work beats talent every time. Apart from that I have also learnt a lot of patience I use to get so impatient with myself if something hasn’t happened when and how I wanted it to happen but the best thing to do is just accept it. It doesn’t mean you don’t want to change it but it is important that you don’t allow yourself to suffer through life. That comes down to choosing a different perspective.
What do you want the world to know about your brand and story?
I want to add as much value as I possibly can through my art. I aim to showcase life through art, so that people form all walks of life, races, ethnicities, languages and religions can resonate with my art. I also know that I will not appeal to everyone but I have complete peace with the fact that those who are meant to be inspired by what I do will find me and resonate with my work. I want to leave a legacy that will benefit future generations and inspire them to dream big and work towards what they want to achieve.
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 love Catch La, Laguna Beach, Lake Arrowhead (if you want to get a bit out of LA). And of course Priscilla’s coffee in Burbank.
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?
God above all else! My parents (Dune van Wyk and Gerhard van Wyk) as well as my brother (Ludwik van Wyk), deserves credit in shaping me into the person I am today! And then also all teachers who have been on my learning journey!
Other: My single “Honey” is out on all music streaming services and my official Music Video is out on VEVO: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/dominikvanwyk/honey
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