We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Sowa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
This might be a bit more of a work/work balance, but for those of us who are multi-hyphenates and wear multiple hats, or are balancing a day job with an artistic pursuit, I’ve found it very helpful to shift my thinking away from prioritizing the “money” job and instead prioritize your true pursuit. By putting your purpose first, front and center, you’re showing up as your best self there. Then, with your leftover time and energy, you can dive into the side hustles that supplement your income. Otherwise, your “day job” is getting your best self and you may end up too tired to really dive into your art. This is easy to say and sometimes hard to put into practice, but it’s something I like to remind myself. It’s like investing – you always pay yourself first.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been an actor since I was a child. I’ve always loved storytelling – inviting others into your world, and sharing an experience. Few things are as powerful as a well told story. About six years ago I started producing as well. Being a part of the process from the very beginning of a project is meaningful to me. Oftentimes, a producer is the first person to join the team and say, “Yes, let’s make this.” Making it is the hard part, but it’s also deeply creative and collaborative. I’m so grateful anytime someone trusts me with their story – as an actor, producer, director, no matter which way I’m involved, I take the responsibility seriously. Over the years, I’ve learned to think practically, but never lose the big dream. When you’re a kid, anything is possible, and as an artist, it’s important not to limit yourself. Anything *is* possible, we just have to find the funding!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Speaking of balance, I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to a wonderful actor / AD, Alex Sarrigeorgiou, who introduced me to a meditation app to help bring a peaceful mindset whether at work or rest.
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