We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Rickard and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emily, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Becoming a mother was the best impetus to figuring out that balance. I’ve always been a workaholic and I’m not proud of that. I was often first in the office and last to leave. Once you have a child, there’s someone else vying for your time so you learn to prioritize and multitask like never before. We’ve all heard the saying that if you want to get something done, give it to a mom. There is a sense of truth in that. I like to have a clear separation from my work and family life so I can be truly present for my family and friends. The pandemic was so good and also so challenging for this. Suddenly home was work, work was home, and the boundaries dissipated. But the ability to run and pick my daughter up around the corner from school if she’s sick, or even throw a load of washing on while I’m listening into a call is pretty amazing. I can’t imagine forcing parents to go back to the way it was before. I don’t know if I’ve mastered the balance, and it’s the guilt of most career driven mothers. Are we contributing enough where we need to? I’ve given myself grace to be ok with the fact that I’m trying!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I actually studied Journalism at College (or University as we call it in Australia), and then did a stint in fashion journalism. My career really started when I worked as an Assistant Director in the film industry. I always knew I wanted to be around creativity and learned pretty quickly that I was great at working with (or dealing with) highly creative souls (actors are the literal worst), and so was always drawn to positions that utilized that skill.

Producing felt pretty natural to me, and growing up with a savvy, entrepreneurial, business minded mom, I found that I really liked where creativity and business intersect, and so without a whole lot of purpose, but a decent sprinkling of ambition, I kept finding my next move right in front of me.

I moved to the US after a stint in London to see what opportunities were out there and BUCK just felt like home when I arrived here 10 years ago as a producer. I get to work alongside and champion the most talented artists in the world, working for the most incredible brands. It was an exciting time then and now, even more. I like to think that my ability to think with both sides of my brain meant that I was a great asset to BUCK, and my career went from strength to strength. I’m supported by an incredible founder team. There is a true mutual love and respect there and I get to jam with them on where the industry and the company is going. It’s fun and incredibly rewarding. I guess the most challenging thing is finding the balance. How to be enough of a mom, wife and friend while doing an incredibly demanding job.

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?
Day 1: Start at the Getty. It’s a spectacular building that makes the most of the incredible light in LA. If there’s a great exhibition on you’ve won the lottery. But for me, just visiting the building alone is worth it. Book an early dinner at Cecconi’s. It’s typically and unapologetically LA. Sit outside and people watch.

Day 2:
Head to Highland Park. Grab a breakfast Burrito at Home State and then head to Owl Bureau to check out the curated art and design books. Check out the vintage furniture at Sunbeam Vintage, the records at Gimme Gimme and then go for dinner at Hippo.

Day 3:
Go to the Broad. It’s an amazing building that houses incredible art. There’s something for every one. Then head over to the Arts District to Hauser and Wirth. It’s a small but mighty gallery. Then lunch at Manuela right next door.

Day 4:
Get up early and head to Griffith Park. Go for a hike, enjoy the view and then stop for food at Trails cafe. Head down to Los Feliz, stroll down Vermont, stop in at Skylight books. Then hit up Little Dom’s for dinner.

Day 5:
Head to Sycamore Ave for a coffee and casual lunch at Tartine. Stroll into Just One Eye to look at things you could never afford. Then look at records at Supervinyl. Pick up some supplies at Sightglass. Go for dinner at Gigis.

Day 6:
Head down to the beach early. Hire a bike and ride from Venice to Manhattan beach. Then get the hell out of there. After an afternoon nap, head to Grandmaster Recorders at sunset for a rooftop cocktail, then mosey down to the restaurant for dinner. After an incredible meal, go to their 71 Studio Bar and dance til it hurts.

Day 7: Sleep in. You deserve it. Head to Mother Wolf for dinner, it’s a new incredible Italian joint that feels like it’s been there for years. Then head to Desert 5 Spot for a fun night out. It’s the only club in LA that I enjoy. They play crazy old music, the crowd is fun to watch, and handsome men serve you cocktails in cowboy hats. What’s not to love?

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?
This is going to sound cheesy as hell – but my mom was such a great role model as a successful working mother who pushed through to forge her own path professionally. She told me there was no glass ceiling that she couldn’t shatter and that I could do anything I set out to do. I like to think I’ve carried that same confidence through my career.

Website: https://buck.co/

Instagram: emily_rickard

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