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.

Misty Stinnett & Lisa Linke | Hosts of Go Help Yourself | A Comedy Self-help Podcast to Make Life Suck Less

We had just begun our second year of podcasting when the pandemic hit. Until then, we recorded two episodes each week in-person at a studio in West Hollywood. Our producer at that time (the incredibly kind and talented Matt Sav) took care of all our audio needs, technical issues, and oversaw the editing process, which left us free to focus on creating meaningful content. We recorded almost 120 episodes this way. But then, in March of 2020, everything changed. We couldn’t record in person anymore. We didn’t have the proper microphones, audio software, or soundproof environments at home. To make things even more challenging, we had to learn how to edit each episode ourselves, which is a technical and painstaking process. We considered hiring another producer, but with sudden job insecurity, we were hesitant about the cost. Read more>>

Michelle Edgar | Entertainment executive turned athlete

I have always been a high-achiever and finding enough energy to get me through the days to perform at my peak was always a challenge. People talk about “having it all” and I think it’s about prioritization and the stage of life you are in. My focus has been to live my healthiest and most vibrant life and my goals align with my purpose. It’s essential to get clear and establish a timeline so you can work towards achieving your goals and objectives. As an executive in the music business for over 10+ years, I’ve always been very dedicated to my work and went above and beyond to complete a task and see it through even if it meant sacrificing my personal life – working crazy hours and weekends, at shows and with clients at all hours. The entertainment business is all encompassing especially when working with talent it’s a 24-7 job from attending artist shows to business commitments after regular work hours. I love working with talent and creatives, and have always made sure to be available to my artists and clients, but that requires making personal sacrifices. Read more>>

Laura Hunter Drago | Filmmaker

It is funny that if you’d asked me about this a decade ago, I would have had a completely different answer than I do now. Sometimes truth really does just take time. I think that as artists, we are often predisposed to think that we should have tunnel vision about our careers. That having a “sole focus” proves our dedication or deservedness of success. When in truth, living a well-rounded life is what inspires healthy creativity. An even worse version of this is the idea that creatives need to have chaotic personal lives in order to inspire themselves, which is a destructive and unhappy way to live. I am so grateful to have learned that having a work/life balance is the key to both happiness and productivity. I juggle a lot of different hats in my professional life and find a lot of meaning for myself there, but also have a lot of friends and family who I value time with more than any career achievement I could ever conceive of. Read more>>

Nicole Christman | (She/Her) Budding Herbalist + Business Owner

I think for a lot of people it’s either work OR life and it’s really hard to find a balance. I know that was the case for me even just a few months ago. A few things that have helped me the most are: re-evaluating my relationship with rest, learning to say no, and making my mental health a priority. It’s worth mentioning that all of these things are a whole hell of a lot easier to talk about than to actually do. I have the unfortunate affliction that I always have to be doing something. Hopping from task to task, project to project, working on another concept before I’ve even finished the first (second, third, fourth, fifth… you get the idea). A true Gemini lol. But honestly, I really dislike that about myself. Don’t get me wrong, I love being able to dissect and think through a plethora of ideas at once, but at what cost?. Read more>>