We had the good fortune of connecting with Pilar Holland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pilar, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Everything in life is a fine balance. I realized that when I was pursuing my career with so much conviction and it was blossoming, there was still an emptiness inside. I’ve learned over the past few years that I needed to invest the same amount of energy into nurturing my mind, body and spirit in order to find my true source of happiness. We hear and see many stories of successful people, whom we call successful due to monetary wealth and fame, that are still very unhappy and unfulfilled individuals. I’ve learned that balance is the key to happiness, abundance and success. So, now I mediate and journal every morning. Along with acting and voiceover classes, I take self development courses. I spend time in nature and I spend time researching character development for an audition. I spend time connecting with my friends and family and I spend time in work meetings developing new shows. I’ve learned that in order to live a full life, there must always be balance.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been pursuing a career in the arts for two decades now, rich with commercial, network and television appearances.. What I’ve learned is to enjoy the process and not the end result. Sometimes, we find ourselves looking to the destination and waiting the reap the benefits, rather than enjoying the moments we are given and have access to that are right in front of us. I’ve been working on enjoying the learning and growing part of it all. It’s hard not to think “what if I book this job?” and play it all out in your head. It’s an everyday practice and rewiring of your brain. It hasn’t been an easy process, but the more time I spend reflecting and actively changing my mindset, it does become easier to access and live daily. I’ve also learned to diversify. How can I fill my artistic well with the gifts I have been given? I’ve come to realize that I’m a good producer and voiceover artist, as well as an actor. I’m not attached to the outcome but rather where I’m guided to be of the most service artistically to create cultural change. Infinite possibilities are available, if you open yourself up to them. In the end, I’ve also learned a slow growing career leads to longevity in that career path. Take it slow, don’t rush or force the process. It’s not easy, believe me I know. I always tended to rush the next step or want to skip steps even. Things will happen in their own time. Trust.
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.
If I had friend visiting, I would definitely take them down to Santa Monica. There’s a silent disco group I love to dance with on the sand by the pier during the last few hours leading up to sunset. Thats would definitely be on the agenda. We would probably spend two days down by the beach. Stopping at different spots for cocktails and nibbles as we drove up and down PCH with our windows down. We would visit the Griffith Observatory to see the stars and hike along Hollywood Reservoir to see the city. We’d spend a night hanging with the boys down in WeHo, starting with happy hour at the Abbey and ending the night dancing at the Abbey. If the Hollywood Bowl was open, we’d do a picnic on the grass no matter who was playing. Then, we’d have to end the trip with brunch downtown at Perch while we overlooked the city on their beautiful rooftop patio. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My acting teacher and mentor, Stuart Rogers, has been a blessing during this past decade of my life. He’s encouraged and supported my acting career, producing decisions and life in general.
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