We had the good fortune of connecting with Sylvia Liu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sylvia, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
In the beginning of my career, my work life balance coming out of school was all over the place. I worked a lot and was very focused on my work, I didn’t think too much about my physical or mental health. I ended up getting some bad back pains after a few years and after that I learned to fix it through daily stretching and exercise. Keeping up a general sleep schedule and routine has helped a lot but I’m always going through ups and downs mentally and physically and I think it’ll always be a process but some of the most important things I’ve learned is to keep trying and I’ll always learn something new about myself that helps improve my balance. I think what’s really changed is that I used to put my work before myself and although even if I’m enjoying what I’m doing at the moment or very passionate about the project, that having a variety of activities and learning to take care of myself is most important because if I want to continue to do good work then I have to continue to improve the quality of my life as well or I just physically/mentally will burn out.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve always been passionate about art since I was very young and since I can remember, it was also very important to me to be able to learn about art. Whenever I’m interested in something I really try to observe the way it works and learn how to replicate it, so as a professional artist, I think it was very helpful in adapting to different projects especially in entertainment where projects can sometimes really differ visually. I don’t think that art was ever easy, it was something that took a lot of time and a lot of effort and it still does, but I enjoy it while I’m doing it which I think is really important for doing something almost every day over the course of 20+ years. As a employee, I generally listen and take some time to respond to things, I’m a little slower and I try not to let emotions take over even if I’m passionate about something, everyone on the team is in it together. Even if we have differing opinions I think it’s very important to help people feel that we are all respected and offer helpful perspectives.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I think it would really depend on where they’re coming from and what they’re interested in but LA is nice because I think there’s a little bit of everything for everyone. Personally, some of my favorite activities in LA are jetskiing, room escapes, botanical gardens, museums, the Griffith Observatory and definitely food. The Channel Islands is really nice where you can jetski or do some ocean kayaking and see wildlife. I’ve done a lot of room escapes and there’s a lot of good ones in LA, if you like scary ones then The Basement is good. I think the Huntington Gardens or the Arcadia Arboretum is really fun because there’s lots of peacocks walking around. The Griffith Observatory is pretty standard because it has nice architecture, a good view of the city, and you can do a nice short hike to the top. LA has super good food and I personally love asian food like Daichan, Kozy Korner, Little Sister, or Tasty Garden
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shoutout to Chromosphere Studio in LA, everyone there has made a huge impact on my design philosophy and workflow, I’ve met some of my very good friends there and I’m always grateful for the opportunity to work there.