We had the good fortune of connecting with Or Leo Shahar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Or Leo, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
The way I approach balancing work-life routines – is basically coming to terms with myself that there is no ‘correct’ method / one solution, being dynamic and adapting ultimately leads to good balance. Especially when thinking about artists/creatives, many projects we work on involve hectic schedules , crazy deadlines and require a lot of physical and mental resources. I also think that in different stages of life (younger/older, single/a relationship) you can stretch your limits and tilt the bar either way. In my own experience, looking back 10 years ago, I was working 20 hour days , staying up all night to hit deadlines and I was perfectly fine with that, knowing it’s part of the process. Nowadays, I do try to work more during the daytime and take time off during the night, workout at least 3 times a week and eat healthier. That doesn’t mean that If a project would require my full attention I will limit myself – or turn it down. It’s all about adapting. Lastly, with time I learned not to force any creativity. Taking days off is crucial for keeping a fresh mind and body. That time you take for yourself pays off in the long run.
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.
Growing up surrounded by diverse cultures, influenced by both Western and Middle-eastern roots crafted my sound, style and approach to music as a creative. Knowing to balance and walk that fine line between these worlds has definitely been a key to my uniqueness. I was always drawn to pop music but at the same time listened to more traditional records. I try to incorporate all of the above in projects I work on.
I recently launched a new ambient electronic artist project – Amoni, with the first 2 releases available exclusively on Spotify. My second release “Crystal Cove” is gaining a lot of attention at the moment, and is featured on Spotify’s Chill Out Music playlist.
Aside from Amoni, my original music is currently featured on a couple of new Visa commercial spots.
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?
Wow. That’s a tough question to answer. Los Angeles has so much to offer. Here are some of my favorite spots:
Being a low key foodie, coffee lover – my go to places would be Urth Caffe (Santa Monica), M Street Coffee (Sherman Oaks) for breakfast and coffee. As for lunch/dinner, my current go to’s are – Night + Market (Silverlake), WURSTKÜCHE (Arts District /DTLA), El Coyote (West Hollywood), and of course In N Out (!). Besides the obvious Griffith Observatory , Santa Monica Pier and Hollywood Sign, I enjoy walking around the Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine at Pacific Palisades, strolling around N. Vermont Ave. at Los Feliz.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My friends and collaborators deserve a big shoutout. Besides friendship, constant support, fun times ,I learn so much from my collaborators, each session, hang. Working with other creatives inspires me, pushes me and will always be my go to over any solo work. Most people don’t realize that behind every creative, stands a team of family, friends, collaborators, managers, executives that make it all possible.