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

Hi Joey, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Balance is essential for me. In my 20’s I would get up at 6am, eat two meals in my car, at some point during the day, Hustle from audition, to gig, to class, to meeting and then walk in my door at 11 pm and land face first into a pillow. I burnt myself out and ended up almost, accidentally ending my life in a bicycle accident because I wouldn’t slow down.  I was forced to look at what balance actually was . I’m a firm believer that life teaches you what you need to learn in order to continue to grow. We’re like plants. If we’re not growing we’re dying, and if we’re not taking care of ourselves with the same amount of care and attention that we give to our business or careers, the foundation of those things deteriorates.

In my 30’s my self care practice became my life line and the key to my success. I’m more present with my clients and my work. I think more creatively and find a trust in myself and my gut to lead me down the yellow brick road of opportunity. Anytime I feel that the balance is off in some way if tends to inform me that I’m not prioritizing myself, my mental health, relationships with friends or even my 6lb dog, whatever.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
If I could go back and tell an 18 year old Joey about what the reality of choosing the life of an artist really looks like, I don’t think I would. It would have deterred her. Going through the hardships of the entertainment industry and life, have created some of my best pieces of art. It’s not for the faint of heart, that’s for damn sure. But it certainly was the only choice for me.

My career started on stage, dancing at three years old. Ballet and jazz. Sequins and bows. Box steps and singing. I knew at three that this was my everything. It was obvious. Over three decades later, I have honoured that little three year old muffin with stars in her eyes and have hustled to keep her safe and happy and fed. I danced around the world on cruise ships, music videos and theatre productions. Then at 21, I really dissected what I loved about dance and it revealed the ancient wisdom of the story teller in me that I have come to know and admire. That started my career as an actor, both in front of the camera and on stage. If hollywood wasn’t calling me, I didn’t care.  I would take to the theatre and produce a play to star in. I’ve produced dozens of full scale productions to honour the dancer or the actor in me that needed to express themselves. That’s the foundation of J. Bothwell productions. Today I’ve hung up my dance shoes and traded them in for a keyboard and a blank page. I’ve written a feature film that has been sold and will be shot in early 2021. Lucky for me, the writer wrote me in a pretty great acting role, as well. 😉

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Los ángeles is a special place. I knew after my first visit at 13 that I would be back to live. The hotels. The poolside office days where you can bring your lap top and work with a mimosa in hand while you get a tan. Sunset Marquis, a dark mysterious little bar that draws in a particular crowd of misfits. A visit to the Magic Castle, where you get to dress up and be wowed by some of the greatest magicians in history. The spectacular views from Yamashiro. A 19 course meal from the valleys secret restaurant Scratch. I also love a quick trip along the coast to beautiful Santa Barbara to escape city life and enjoy local business without too much travel.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Canada! My shoutout is to Canada. I live and work in Los Angeles but am a born and raised Canadian. I know that one of the reasons I get to play on such a grand stage and given so many incredible opportunities is because I come from a land that really values community. I value community. Generally, Canadians believe in fair play and the power of kindness  Having that foundation of integrity at my core to lean on, is 100% the most valuable tool in my tool box.

Website: www.jbothwellproductions.com
Instagram: @missjoeybothwell
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joey-bothwell-926aba30/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joey.bothwell
Youtube: https://vimeo.com/user15977564
Other: www.joeybothwell.com

Image Credits
Stephanie Girard. Brittany Willacy. John Arntsen

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