A host of factors, developments, and dynamics have made most industries more competitive than ever. As a result so many of us wonder whether there is still such a thing as work-life balance. We reached out to the community to hear perspectives on finding the right balance.

Nox Holloway | Artist Duo

In college, most of the free time we had from class was spent creating in the studio or in our dorm rooms. It was our hobby and what we wanted to be doing before it became our career. Over time, specifically once we graduated from school and became artists full time, we really had to find structure in our day-to-day in order to keep our creation fueled. We have an extra bedroom in our house that is our studio, so our process can stay fluid by being able to get to work easily whenever we feel inspired. Read more>>

Tyler LaFlamme | Graphic Designer & Commercial Artist

My work life balance has gone through ups and downs over the years. For a long time I worked for companies 40+ hours per week and sometimes nights and weekends. Sure, it got me closer to my goals, put more money in my pocket and perhaps opened up some doors that maybe wouldn’t have. But after grinding at jobs for many years I started longing for a better work life balance because frankly I got sick and tired of the same old 9 to 5 grind. Read more>>

Ashley Resch | Model | Social Media Influencer

When I first started my career I rarely had a work/life balance. When I started to pursue modelling and social media I was working full-time in a corporate position and would model and post on social media on my breaks and weekends. Fast forward almost 8 years later now I understand that if I am not at the best mentally, my work will suffer. The way I set up my work week is similar to a 9-5, Monday-Friday schedule, and its just based of off preference. I feel having a schedule as a self-employed person has helped me have a work/life balance. Read more>>

Stephane Lo Jacomo | Artist & Producer

The way I think about work life balance has changed a lot over the course of my career. Initially I thought spending quantitatively more hours on a project would always bring me closer to my goal: more hours = more achievements. However, I started to realize that when we work excessive numbers of hours our efficiency drops, and we sacrifice other areas of our life that are essential to our well-being. Over time, I’ve shifted to giving myself more time off and being more mindful not to neglect family, community, as well as mental and physical health. It’s hard to keep all those things in mind, but I know that if I lose myself in the process of achieving my goals, not much good will come of it. Read more>>

Gage Greenwood | Author and YouTuber

This is one of the hardest obstacles for me, because I suffer from OCD. I have a tendency to dive into things in such a way where everything else around me suffers for it. If I am writing, even if I put the computer away and go for a hike, I might spend the entire time walking, thinking about the next chapter, or something I need to edit. It’s important for me to train my mind to leave things behind when they aren’t on the schedule. If I am writing from 2-3pm, then I need to put the story away with my computer. Read more>>

Monica Chavez | CEO & Founder of House of Esperanza

There is no balance. Work & Life priorities will ebb and flow. Instead I like to focus on what is priority in that very moment or day. Sometimes work will need 80% of my energy so my home life gets 20%. Sometimes life and family needs 100% of my time and energy so they get it all. I take it day by day. This has helped absolve me of any guilt or insecurities that come from feeling like I can’t get a grasp on balance. Read more>>

Tonya Griffin | Photographer

Work life balance is very important in my world of full-time mom, full-time wife, full-time job, and full-time photographer. In October of 2020, in a year of such uncertainty and a pandemic that changed so many lives, I opened up Charming Luxe Photography, LLC. I was working from home in my law career and had just had a new baby. I was forced to learn work life balance like never before. Photography has always been a passion of mine, but the pandemic pushed me forward to open the business to have something to fall back on that I love, in the event that my job would let me go during a budget crisis. Read more>>

Michelle Gonzales | Project Manager & Textile Artist with a focus on beadwork

My life shifted dramatically when I was diagnosed with Long COVID last year. I began full time work (for the first time in 9 months) immediately after recovering from my initial COVID sickness and my body felt like a stranger to me. It took a few months for my doctor to figure out what was going on with me and I received my diagnosis. I didn’t think much of it at the time and then my body showed me what my brain was not paying attention to, I was not able to work/live/function in a way that I always had. Read more>>

Ali Minette | Artist, Builder, & Fabricator

I returned to school in 2020 to do an MFA, after having worked in the entertainment industry for over 10 years. How I spend my time has shifted dramatically since returning to school in stark contrast with those 10 years, so I feel like it’s important to share some backstory to highlight the differences. Just before I finished my BFA at CSU Long Beach, I began working at an entertainment industry fabrication shop that specialized in blacksmithing (my focus at CSULB). We worked on everything — Movies, TV, commercial and music videos — making props and costume pieces from various metals. Read more>>