We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Maher and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kevin, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
My work life balance has absolutely changed over time. As you get older your priorities change. Whether it’s family, career growth, or personal health, our perspective is always evolving. When I was young, I put my career first, but as I’m getting older, it’s my family and health first. Balancing out work with what you need to stay mentally, physically and emotionally healthy is so important. I’ve turned down jobs that don’t feel right to keep my priorities in line. You can’t help anyone or put your best work out there if you aren’t right within. I always think about airlines’ emergency oxygen mask policy. Put yours on first then help someone else. It goes for everything in life. Sometimes we are taught that can be selfishness, but it’s not. Loving yourself is the best way to keep your work life balance stable.
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.
I started as a dancer, grew into a Choreographer and am now a Creative Director. Throughout my journey, something that set me apart was a strong sense of patience. The entertainment industry is filled with chaos, so being calm and relaxed throughout the chaos has helped shape any success I have been able to achieve.
I started my career before social media, where I had to earn jobs by having a good reputation and putting in a lot of hours before anyone saw my work. I’m beyond proud of the work ethic it took to get to where I am today and I wouldn’t change a thing.
One of the biggest lessons I learned along the way is to always be open to what the universe wants to give you. I may have a dream in mind, but the universe may have another. Staying open, in this way, has the potential to create so much magic.
I love to create art, because it lets people connect with who I am. My goal is to create visual escapes for an audience to go to a place where they can learn, connect, and feel free.
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 am a Los Angeles native so I take pride in hosting people here. I have my favorite spots and am more than happy to share. As far as restaurants go, one of my favorites to take first timers is YAMASHIRO in Hollywood. The food and service is amazing but nothing tops the view! Sweeping views of Los Angeles make this place a must see!
For beach life, I love Marina Del Rey. There’s a great kayaking spot that happens to be next to a Mexican restaurant. Get a work out in the marina and then go for margaritas! It’s a no brainer.
For exercise, I love Fryman Canyon. It’s not as crowded as Runyon Canyon and just as pretty! There are so many paths to take and the energy is always pleasant there. Connecting with nature in Los Angeles is a priority!
Speaking of nature, one of the best places for a calm and relaxing afternoon is Descanso Gardens. It is acres of natures beauty and if you’re lucky you might see a deer or two. They also have a garden to get a cocktail for the journey. It’s a great getaway to center yourself, reflect and connect.
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?
This is so cool! I’d love to shoutout a fellow Creative Director/Choreographer Rhapsody James. We started at the same time and are both seeing our dreams play out the way we imagined. Theres no better feeling than taking your journey with a friend and staying friends with them along the way. We have been friends for about 23 years and I woe so much of my drive to her. Thank you Rhapsody James!
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