We had the good fortune of connecting with Vincent Hunt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vincent, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Work-life balance is a HUGE thing for me. When I was younger, and we are not even talking about THAT long ago, I am talking about just like 5 years ago, I was super obsessed with time and performance in the most unhealthy way. I like many people equated working long hours, at ALL hours, with being productive or worse, “successful”. With that came answering the phone at all hours, always checking email, Slack, text messages, and never REALLY “turning off”. About two years ago I had a conversation with myself and really checked in as it pertains to how I was navigating time, my health, my social life, and how all of these vectors intersected with my work. After getting real with myself, AND truly thinking about what’s important to me, I implemented a way of going about my days that has truly revolutionized my sense of work-life balance AND has impacted my creativity in a profound way. I stopped working from 5:00 am – 9:00 am. I literally took those hours off the table for work and dedicated them to self-care. For the sake of being long-winded, my morning ritual can be abbreviated this way: From the hours of 5:00 am – 9:00 am I wake up and reflect, hit the gym, take a VERY long shower, eat a very slow breakfast, and contemplate my day in a written format, ALL without looking at email, text, Slack messages, OR taking phone calls. AND like religion, I end my days at 6:00 pm which gives me a solid block of time to cycle, enjoy my friends and family, and only do things that I love. THIS has given me a huge sense of balance. Balance is essential. MOST Entrepreneurs will say that you can not achieve balance, I push back against that, and I truly believe that the real challenge rest in managing expectations, and setting clear boundaries.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Design is funny … Everyone kinda has their own interpretation of it, while still being true to the underlying tenants of it. Design has broken into so many sublayers and disciplines that it’s hard to keep up, BUT at the end of the day, for me, Design is about problem-solving and making the world Better. I started my career in over 23 years ago, working in the space of digital design, primarily web, and back then there weren’t a lot of resources for learning the craft, BUT I was able to dig in and do some pretty cool stuff. My passion for the intersection of aesthetics and functionality was a HUGE plus, and in hindsight, realizing that user experience (UX), which is a big part of the design stack today, lends well to my ability to design brand identities that connect with people and inspire them. Design for me TODAY is interesting in the fact that I am more interested in the science of the craft vs the outward artifacts that design delivers. What makes people do what they do, and how can design influence those actions.
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?
Not being from Los Angeles, I would need help!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are SO many people that have helped me along the way. And I really wouldn’t be where I am without the Mentorship of those who have invested in me. People like Hajj Flemings of Brand Camp and Rebrand Cities. Hajj has pushed me creatively for over a decade, and then there is Bert Pope, who has helped me understand the relationship between business and kindness, and how being a good person is really the most valuable thing that you can double down on as an Entrepreneur. Aurora Rosselli, who makes me think beyond my own context and find the magic in art, and design, and Dom Ard’is of ACT House who consistently impresses his ideas around purpose, and reaching for getting just “2% better” every day. I am truly blessed to have strong leaders and builders around me.