We had the good fortune of connecting with Ethel England and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ethel, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance isn’t necessarily about balance. It sounds odd, I know. Hear me out: I used to think balance was the ability to hash out twenty emails; create content for all my social platforms; contact my colleagues about questions and then be able to easily shift into an evening bubble bath with a great audiobook. At least, that’s what all the bloggers told me. Overtime I realized that balance has a lot more to do with boundaries. I no longer draw a dashed line through the sand–it’s a brick wall. Stating that I will be unavailable, unapologetically, is a learned skill that has saved me hassle in the long wrong. Honestly, I’ve been saying “no” a lot more and that has gifted me more balance than before. I think of balance as my time and energy. The better I know how much I value both of those the better I am at preventing burnout. All in all, creating strong boundaries and knowing my worth has made life more streamlined.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Recently I’ve been exploring TikTok as a creative platform. Since Covid, a lot of acting opportunities have dried up. TikTok has allowed me to explore a new form of storytelling. I recently finished filming a mini-series in the summer, hopping onto TikTok forced me to become the one-woman show I was three years ago before meeting my co-director. From features like duets, audio dubbing, and short time constraints, I’ve been able to connect my skills with filmmaking to an audience I didn’t realized existed. Currently I create LGBTQ+ bookish content. I have OCs (original characters) and recently I created a murder mystery series connecting multiple creators’ accounts and allowing the user to “sleuth” out the next video. By going back to the basics I’ve learned more about set decorating, editing, composition, etc. I have this motto: to be an amateur is amazing. What I mean by that is to be new and having the willingness to learn is beautiful. Having the amateur mentality in regards to growing and the confidence of an expert is magical. By going on TikTok and expressing a side of myself I hadn’t explored in my professional filmmaking or acting I’ve gained a larger audience that connects with some of the most eccentric parts of me in ways I hadn’t imagined. It wasn’t easy to be vulnerable on a new platform, and the challenge of fear is never a new demon, but I’ve learned that the pursuit of exploring who you are, what you like, what you believe in, is one of the most noble endeavors. I know I sound like an NPC giving you information on your quest– but I mean every word of it. By engaging on this new platform I’ve learned more about my identity than the two decade prior. What I want the world to know about my story is that nobody the constraints, making art regardless will always be worth it.
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’d heavily endorse a visit to any cat cafe. I wish there was more to say, but spending the day napping next to cats is my version of a best time!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Hana Holloway for sure! And incredibly trained actor with undeniable skill. She is bound to thrive in this industry!
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Joel Bringolf Drew Disney Ethel England