We had the good fortune of connecting with Nath Milburn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nath, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance is always an ever growing thing. One of the biggest shifts was when I graduated college and art wasn’t a hobby anymore. It was a job. It took awhile for me to get adjust to that and learning how to draw for money and for fun. I’m still learning to keep that balance. Being a freelance contractor, it varies with job. Some jobs take more out of you. I’ve learned to enjoy the slower, easier jobs, using that extra time to focus on myself, others, and my personal projects. When I first started out, I kept striving for that next best job to work on, thinking that will give me more prestige, better experience. Now I strive for a fun and easy job to give me more time for myself. As long as I enjoy the people I work with or it provides enough money and time to enjoy my life, I don’t mind what the job itself is. A lot of the jobs tend to be the same. People will remember the good ones regardless and forget the bad ones. Not everything you work on has to be award winning content or something that pushes forward your career. Sometimes you learn more on the bad shows anyway. Schools don’t teach you how to balance your life or how to deal with bad jobs. It’s only how to work for the major companies and land those projects. Over time you figure out what works best for you. Just have fun and relax, don’t worry so much. Experiment and try different methods. Find your process. I always think about the saying, if you can’t fix it then there’s no point in worrying, and if you can fix it, then there’s still no point in worrying.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
During this pandemic I’ve started two projects that I’ve been really passionate about, one being Bowlcut Pug and the other being lil’ baker films! Bowlcut Pug is an illustrated dog with an award winning self-cut haircut that explores the world with his best friends. Lil baker films is Luke Baker and myself making short films and experiment with new ways of making content. Give both a follow and join us on our journey! http://bowlcutpug.com http://lilbakerfilms.com I have a very sarcastic, dry, and random style of humor. I love animation, horror, and cutesy content. Not all together, but sometimes! My road hasn’t been easy. I started out as a compositor, feel into character design and have been growing ever since. I love to bounce around jobs to find the best path and try new things, keeps me more employed too. I’m not a fan of a similar job or thing long-term. Every now and then I like to shake everything up, switch gears. I would say, just relax. Do the work for yourself and forget the rest. None of this really matters at the end of the day. Just have fun.
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?
Well I love food. So I’d say, eat! You can get a burger at Burgers Never Say Die, fancy italian food at Felix, avant garde food at Vespertine, have a nice date night with Pasjoli, comfort diner food with Franks in Burbank, grab coffee at Chimney Coffee and walk around the nearby park, or watch chefs make udon at Marugame Udon.
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?
A few organizations I really enjoy around Los Angeles are Road Dogs, Schools on Wheels, and Inner City Arts. https://www.roadogsandrescue.org https://schoolonwheels.org https://inner-cityarts.org And then with Covid, I want to give a shout out to Bob Baker Marionette Theater. Donate to any of these groups, they could use the helping hand. http://www.bobbakermarionettetheater.com
Other: http://bowlcutpug.com http://nathmilburn.com