Our community is filled with hard-working, high achieving entrepreneurs and creatives and so work-life balance is a complicated, but highly relevant topic. We’ve shared some responses from the community about work life balance and how their views have evolved over time below.

Abagail Fritz | Dance Educator, Artist & Business Woman

Over the many years of working for myself, I have learned a few important lessons about work life balance: One, is the skill of knowing when to stop… when to put the phone or computer screen away, or how to prioritize urgent tasks from those that can wait, so that I have healthy boundaries when it comes to my personal time. When you work for yourself, the work never really stops, and it follows you home, so it’s important to know when to press pause and rest. This is also important so that you are present with those around you, be it a partner, family, or friends, so that work does not interfere or distract from precious relationship time. The second lesson, is the importance of self care. Read more>>

Trevor Wright | Performer & Podcaster

This is an interesting question to me, in more than one way. It’s also one I was hesitant to touch on – but ultimately that’s what made me want to answer it. The short answer is that I never really stopped to consider any kind of balance. Moving out here over a decade ago was always about what next step I needed to take (or thought I needed to take) and I always told myself that nothing else mattered – except for whatever else that next step was. That’s a longer way of saying there really was no balance, at least not in my mental approach. I was more than okay with putting the “life” side of that balance equation on hold, so long as the “work” side was progressing, even if at a snail’s pace. It really wasn’t until this year – 2020 – of all years, for me to focus and hone in more on what *I* needed. The balance has been much more about tending to my physical and mental health, while still exploring ways for me to exercise my creativity. Read more>>

Brooke Williamson | LA Chef & Restaurateur

Before having a kid, my life was all work and very goal-oriented. As much as my life is still goal-oriented, it’s now goals that have gone in different directions. Now with our son in our lives, I have found that balance is essential, not only to maintain my health and mental wellness, but also to excel at the job that is now most important to me – being a parent and raising a well-adjusted, kind son. Balance is much more present now, because it has to be, not just for myself but for the wellbeing of our family. Read more>>

Sara McCorriston | Co-Owner & Director

Both owning a business and having a career in the arts can separately lead to a generally terrible work/life balance, so when you put the two together as your lifelong career choice, at least for me, finding a work/life balance is a goal to be consistently and consciously working toward. I’ve always been someone that dedicates a great deal of myself to my work, even at a young age. That being said, I’m also someone that has been fairly passionate about the majority of jobs I’ve had in my life. Being a bit heavy on the work side of things doesn’t typically bother me as long as I still have time to refresh here and there. The main way in which the balance has changed over time is that I’m now a person that admits that I both need sleep and time for regular exercise to avoid going crazy, so I do that the only way I know how, by scheduling it. The payoff is huge for myself and for my business. It keeps me way more creative when I have time for breaks and can start most days well-rested. Read more>>

Chandler Perry | Filmmaker & Event Director

I was an excellent student as a kid and by that I mean I was a huge nerd. But when it came to homework? I made it my god-given mission to never under any circumstances do it at home. I’d do homework on the bus, in-between classes, and even at lunch to make sure that once I was home I could fully enjoy my time off (mostly video games). Since then I’ve always been a big fan of “work hard, play hard” and the value in keeping both parts of your life active, but separate. I’ve found I do my best work when I give it my all knowing that once I’m done, I’m done. No emails after work, no memes while editing. Of course this doesn’t mean work has to be a miserable slog all the time, just make sure the project is the priority when on the job. Likewise, it’s okay to preoccupy your time with productive ventures so long as the pressure to preform takes a backseat. Read more>>

Jesse Watrous | Photographer & PhotoJournalist

I would like to reframe the question to discuss the path to success through balancing (or bridging) my chosen career with day jobs. I believe that a bridge is built on a foundation of humility, persistence, and patience. One must remain humble and open to day jobs while tenaciously pursuing career opportunities. In my opinion, this is a winning formula for success, especially if you throw patience into the mix. One of my inspirations for this formula is Harrison Ford. He is humble, tenacious, and patient, along with a great work ethic. When he received his acting break in Star Wars, he continued his day job as a carpenter, at which he was quite skilled and took great pride in. What made me admire Ford was a remark that he made at the end of an interview with Barbara Walters, after she said “May the Force be with you”, in which Ford replied, “Force yourself”. Read more>>

Lizz Henderson | Creator, Writer & Producer

This is a good question, and one that we struggled with for over 10 years. We tried balancing full time jobs, raising a young toddler AND trying to making a career out of filmmaking. Our film career would get sidelined of course- because – you know, life – paying bills, raising a kid – it would get demoted to the hobby corner – like when we have extra time – we’ll get to that. Not until we completely changed our mindset, did this change, this included doing years of internal work, meditating – and figuring out EXACTLY what we wanted out of life and who we wanted to be. Once we got into the mindset of THIS IS WHO WE ARE AND THIS IS WHAT WE DO. And finally listened to our intuition – we quit our jobs (and it wasn’t easy), put 100 percent of our attention into our film company. On top of that, we also had hard faith in ourselves that we would succeed, and that the universe would have our back. Read more>>