We had the good fortune of connecting with Joan Wirolinggo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joan, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
In the beginning of my career, I felt pressure to keep up with my peers and other artists that I follow in social media. There was a sense of guilt to rest while the others were working hard. So I would take on more freelance job or passion projects to keep me busy. It was really tiring. I have no time to recharge and spend with my loved ones. I come to realize that it wasn’t healthy for me.
Since last year, I made a decision to set my priority right. I learned to tell myself that it’s okay to take some rest and enjoy doing what I like to do. I learn to have a set work hours and stick to them. I decided to not working on the weekend and use the time to recharge or spend it with my loved ones. It is still work in progress to have a good balance. I think by knowing what is my priority really help me to maintain the balance.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a color artist and visual development artist for animation. As an artist I think my versatility is what set me apart from the others. I enjoy doing conceptual painting, designing color and light, and designing environment. My love to try new techniques and tools has helped built my expertise in different roles as a designer.
In my journey working in the animation industry, joining collaborative projects or passion projects with fellow artists has a tremendous affects. I learned to get know myself as an artist by trying different roles in the projects. I learned to recognize what my strength and my passion is. I think it is very important to take time to get to know yourself. I also able to built friendship with other artist beyond my circle of friends and coworkers. Their support and their encouragement is what help me to be where I am today.
It was not an smooth journey for me. There a few bumps and turn here and there. And my family and close friends have been my biggest supporter in my journey. When I was about to give up, their countless encouragement and help that got me through.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would take them to:
Kevin Noodle House – California Academy of Science – Walk around Golden Gate Park – San Tung
Mama’s on Washington street for brunch – walk around Little Italy – Coit tower – Toyose for dinner
Muracci – Lombard street – Pier 39 – In and Out
Ocean Beach – Sutro Bath – Tani’s Kitchen (they have great tamago)
Starbuck – Monterey Bay – Babba Gump