We had the good fortune of connecting with Win Leerasanthanah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Win, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I think this is the biggest question to ask especially during this challenging period. I’ve been working from home since April 2020, and the first few months have been very challenging – setting up the workstation was not a major issue but the lifestyle– self-isolation, zoom meetings, cooking food and workout (indoor of course) everyday, and whatnot really consume my time and energy. You’d think that you’d have more free time when working from home because you no longer have to commute to work, but actually it’s quite the opposite. Self-care becomes a full-time job and is much more demanding than before.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Especially at this moment, patience is key. With working from home, there’s miscommunication, technical issues, and delays –all of these affect my work performance and can set the tone throughout the day. It can get downright discouraging when you’re living alone and having to run into obstacles. The best way is to make peace with it. Understand that everyone else is struggling just as much and they all miss hanging out. I miss dining in.
Again, committing to self-care, mentally and physically are crucial. My work is my art, which is a product of my motivation and enthusiasm. I constantly find different ways to keep myself motivated and inspired -lately I’ve been trying out new recipes. listening to audiobooks, and working on personal 3D projects. It doesn’t matter if they’re not serving your work skills. Feed your self first before feeding your work. And when times get dark, as a result of loneliness, I reach out to friends and family to be reminded that everyone wants to contact and love.
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?
First place to go – Magpie’s Softserve ice cream. As a lactose intolerant, I can enjoy all of their flavors. Whenever I drive by Silverlake, I always make a turn to this place.
Barnsdall Art Park- closed during the pandemic, but I always go there just to sit on the hill and watch the sunset. It’s a perfect spot for picnic too.
Monterey Park – god I love the food there.
If it’s landscapes, I prefer hiking with some trees or beaches. Sycamore Cove is a great little place to go for dramatic rocks on the beach. El Scorpio Park has a wonderful cave to check out. Joshua Tree has some beautiful desert-scapes (is there such word for that? I dunno. Let’s assume so).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
This is dedicated to Papa, who passed away in the summer of last year. He worked hard for our family and did all he could to stay for us. So that we can see him pass peacefully. I love you, Papa.
Shout out to Mama and my sister, Wa (aka Sunny) thank you for your support. You will always be my rock–something to hold onto when the times are dark. Congratuations, Sunny on your exhibit ‘In Practice: You May Go But This Will Bring You Back’ at Sculpture Center in New York. I’ll visit you soon!
And thank you to all of my co-workers, friends and family. I sometimes forget how much I am loved by you all!
Other: Website for my animated short, ‘The Fallen Swan’ thefallenswan.com
Photos are taken by my co-workers and crew members of The Third Floor Inc.