We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Murray and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I have shifted a lot in my relationship to work/life balance. I used to have a perspective of separating activities into things I do for myself and/or for fun and things I do for other or out of necessity/responsibility. Now, I look to harmonize things I want to do with things that provide value to others (and thus get compensated). I also choose ways of working that fit into the lifestyle I want to lead. This includes designing work and business endeavors with flexibility in terms of time and location to make it possible to have the freedom to enjoy other experiences and environments I want to have alongside them. But it is also choosing vocations, such as acting, that allow me to integrate the kinds of things I want to learn and the experiences I enjoy into the work itself. The how is just as an important as the what though. So for example, in producing my feature Gym Rat, I get to choose the people I want to surround myself with and create the environment for acting I want to have which can make all the difference in how enjoyable and fulfilling that specific pursuit is. This harmony makes all of life more worth living instead of compartmentalizing work into something that I do in order to enjoy the rest of my time. That being said, there is a need for variability in the rhythms of life, we have seasons for very important reasons. We should listen to our body and heart and recognize whether we need to be in a phase of receiving or executing, growing or rejuvenating, resting or accelerating. If we’re always on one track we risk either stagnating or burning out.
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.
The mountain is only as high the valley it comes out of. People tend to judge us in comparison to others and are usually unaware of the comparison with our former selves which is where we should be focused. When I originally approached acting my physical and emotional health were in shambles. My goal of freedom and feeling fully alive seemed like an impossibly distant reality. But I saw the discipline of acting as both an inspiration and a conduit for that journey. I am truly grateful for and proud of how far I’ve come as a human and artist the past decade. The difference now in my health physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually is night and day. And while some people may be better at these things because it naturally came easier, I have learned a level of determination and commitment in coming through all that pain that they will never know. And as I seek to inspire others to pursue this same goal, I have the ability to relate to those who truly struggle and show them I’m not where I am because of mere luck or good fortune. And to those who have gotten trapped in the monotony of their comfort zone or convenience of numb, superficial living, I want to challenge them to live adventurously; to practice the art of finding the joy on the other side of your fear.
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?
I’m all about the outdoors and especially the sea, which is also convenient for social distancing. So first stop would be to get down to Marina Del Rey and hire a boat for a view of the coast from Santa Monica bay. Afterward, we’d get dinner at Killer Shrimp and get their signature namesake meal and then walk along the pier to watch the sun set over the water. We’d also need to take a beach day, the Annenberg House has parking and ammenties and a convenient cafe, Back on the Beach. Patricks’ Roadhouse across the street is also a perfect joint for a burger and some real character. Up north is a perfect place for a hike, Malibu Creek State Park. You can climb some amazing rocks where they filmed Planet of the Apes and jump in the watering hole if it’s warm! Catching the sunset this time on the cliffs at Point Dume is epic. We’d slow the pace down with a lovely day at the Huntington Botantical Gardens which is like a world-wide tour with plants. Ending the week with some more water sports, we’d be back at the marina, doing paragliding and jet skiing on the ocean and get some exercise by the rings at Muscle beach. To cap it all off, get dressed up and head to the world famous Nobu restaurant in Malibu for Japanese-style seafood and an amazing view of the waterfront.
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?
I would be remiss to talk about my artistic endeavors without acknowledging my acting teachers/coaches, Carol Fox Prescott, Niki Flacks, Josh Pais and Jo Kelly. These have taught me so much about not only acting but how to live. They inspire with so much passion and dedication and generosity. And they have been there for me in times where I was really struggling to go on. Anyone who desires to grow as a human being, whether they’re an actor or not, would benefit immensely from seeking these people out! Most of all I’m grateful to God for leading me through every storm and valley and ultimately working it all for my good.
Other: Be a share holder and participant in my current feature film Gym Rat: https://wefunder.com/gymratfilms
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