We had the good fortune of connecting with Grace Park and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Grace, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Ever since COVID, finding a balance between work and personal life has been very challenging. In the beginning, I really wanted to simply rest after work every day, as I was working from home. Because my home became my workplace, the boundaries really blurred out, and I found it difficult to focus on my personal life. However, now that it’s been over two years, I try my best to clearly divide out the balance- both physically and mentally. It’s essential for creative individuals to take breaks and focus on their personal time aside from work, in order to refresh their thoughts and energy.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m still in the progress of developing my career as an illustrator. During the day, I work as a full time designer at a creative agency called BUCK. A notable challenge that I face at work is that I need to adapt to different styles for various projects, but this is also the fun part! Then after work, I work as a freelance illustrator. For me, managing time to work on freelance projects is very challenging because I often get lazy after work. Nevertheless, I’ve been planning out my daily schedule these days, so I can get into a habit of doing both!
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?
There are countless people that helped me along my artistic journey, so it’s really hard for me to list everyone’s name! Many professors from my university guided me well to shape my identity as an artist, and I learned a lot from their insightful lectures. Coming out of school, my current company hds a mentorship program, where I was given the opportunity to learn from a professional mentee.