What’s the right balance between work and non-work time? The traditional 9-5 has slowly disappeared with the emails and zoom and texting going far beyond traditional business hours. We asked members of our community to share with us how they think about work-life balance.

Jasper Wong | Artist, Designer, Curator, and Art Director

Early in my career, the balance was skewed heavily to my work. I was young and the urge to make a name for myself was paramount over anything else in my life. My personal relationships were one of the many things that suffered due to this imbalance. Time and maturity tend to correct these imbalances, especially when you become a father. I did not grow up with a solid father figure. He left when I was 12 and my brothers and I were raised by a single mother. Read more>>

Jiwon Jeon | Composer

Finding good work-life balance wasn’t really a problem for me. Because I’ve long been aware that the sense of accomplishment from work has been a great source of happiness, and I was a guy who even enjoyed some hardship, I thought of suffering as a sign of hustle. When I was not sitting in front of the piano or computer, I felt guilt and stress. I believed that these painful emotions were the byproducts of my effort. These were thoughts of my 20’s. I was foolish enough to believe that making music was THE ONLY THING in my life. Read more>>

Jeremy Weinglass | Pianist & Composer

When I think about how my work life balance has changed over time, I categorize 3 major periods that spawned a new shift. My wife, Kim, and I were married in 2008 in the midst of the great recession. We both lost all our work we had at the time and were forced to start over. So we joined forces, forming our business partnership Weinglass Music and started building my career again as a pianist and composer from the ground up. We did a lot of networking and hustling all over town for gigs and would even haul my keyboard down to 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica to play for tips and sell CDs! In 2010 we landed a residency that had me playing piano every weekend in the luxury court at Westfield Topanga Mall. Read more>>

Benjamin Mathes | Acting Teacher, Producer, Author, Executive Coach, Founder of Urban Confessional, Founder of Crash Acting

I don’t embrace “work life balance” as a concept. In my work as a coach and a organizer, I see this phrase ALL THE TIME! everyone manages their energy to achieve balance between work and life and it only add a third things to “balance”. I’m balancing my work with my life and with my ability to balance them–its exhausting! Instead, I prefer to see it as work/life ALIGNMENT. When who I am at home and who I am at work are aligned there is an effortlessness in living. Alignment, not balance, is my way forward. Read more>>

Kate Mancuso | Road Trip Planner | Comedienne | Mental Health Activist | BFF

In western culture — specifically in the US — we are taught from a very young age to work our asses off so that we can eventually rise to the tippy top and have a relaxing life when we’re like 65. Since I was a freshman in college, I was overworking myself. I put myself through four years of full-time undergrad while also working a full-time serving job at a hotel in Pittsburgh. My mentality was “work hard, play hard… but, like, work so much that you have to play even harder to cope… and then work even harder until you eventually burn out.” Read more>>

Charlie Kendall | Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Originally it started as 80% work and 20% life. When I first left school I felt this need to work and to freelance more after work, and anything I could fit within the work week was fair game. While I still find myself working a lot, I have also found the importance of maintaining hobbies, exercise, and friendships outside of work. It’s vital to how I maintain my creative practice. Really any aspect of work or life has to be fueled by something else, so now I am constantly trying to fill myself with experiences and not just work. Read more>>

Sage Monteith | Artist

Balance is definitely an ever-changing beast! It can feel very unobtainable at times. I’ll think I have a good balance going, and then a project will come along, or more hours at my other jobs, or wild life happens and it gets thrown off center. At times it’s hard to separate myself from my art, it can be an all consuming business to be in, as you’re exploring your mind and maniacally working on a piece for hours and hours, forgetting to be a functioning human. This can make balancing other work and life a complex process. Read more>>

Aaron Scholl | Educator & Social Entrepreneur

With two small children, two full time jobs, and co-running a non-profit, work-life balance is a huge challenge. That wasn’t always the case though. When we first launched Education is Forever back in 2016, we were young and had few commitments outside of our day jobs. We could spend evenings working on programming and weekends doing fundraisers. While we had some help and guidance, Irene and I did most things to launch and run the organization. While that isn’t possible with our lives now, it has actually been a major benefit to the organization. Read more>>

Win Leerasanthanah | 3D Animator. Previs Artist

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. Read more>>

Jack Eustace | Creative Consultant

For me this started before the pandemic, and the idea was only solidified more during it… personal life will always be the most important. Careers are great if you love what you do, and if they provide financial stability to do things outside of work that you want to do- but if you don’t ever give yourself time to do them you might as well not work at all. Read more>>

Shaina Hammer | Actor / Singer / Comedian

It’s weird having any type of work life balance as a performer. It almost seems like a futile effort. But over the years I’ve come to understand that being productive isn’t always about “doing things.” I’ve heard that productivity can even be achieved while sitting in silence; it’s regenerative and restorative, especially for people like me who tend toward introversion. So I used to be constantly checking my email, my phone, casting sites, everything. Read more>>

d.painter | curator (night clubs & radio)

Finding balance between life and work as an entrepreneur is difficult and not something I can say I’ve completely mastered, but I’m getting there. It definitely helps that my work is in entertainment so I get to hang and socialize while on the job. But make no mistake, the hours add up and take a toll. The key thing I embraced over time is the importance of listening to your body. Whether fighting an up hill battle or coasting off a stint of success, the inclination is to take on all things in an effort to grow or sustain. When you don’t have a staff to delegate to it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Read more>>

Antonello Stornelli | 3d artist

Balance between life and work has always been a priority for me. Growing up in Italy where work is important, but we grow up learning that we don’t live to work but we work to live, it’s always been clear to me how I would live my life. Extremely ambitious and curious about the world since I was very young I have always been able to find my right balance. I have to admit, depending on the job or project I prioritize work occasionally but being an artist, work to me is fun most of the time. Read more>>

Nicole Renard | Foodie Youtuber

I’ve always struggled with having a healthy work/life balance. I love what I do for work so it doesn’t feel like work and if I’m not careful I don’t stop working. Although I’m grateful and feel very blessed to be making a living off of something I love doing, I’ve had to create boundaries for myself and make a clear separation between work and life so that I don’t get confused and believe that my work defines me because it doesn’t. My work and job is one part of me and in no way gives me worth or value as a human. Read more>>

Jessie and Janette Wong

Janette and I work full time in healthcare and when balancing our career, family and DIY and interior design hobby, it could be a huge challenge. What made a huge impact in balancing our time is communication. As our life style change overtime, we have learned to help each other out when needed. We are aware that our career and family are top priority but it is important to make time for our hobby because it allows us to distress. You work as a team and that seems to work for us. Read more>>

Anthony Thomas | Model, Actor, Golf Entertainer, Host

9-5 office job, suit and tie, Monday-Friday. That was me right after graduating from U.C. Berkeley. I worked 40 hours per week, in a stale environment, and when I left work, my energy was drained. It wasn’t until I took the leap into modeling, quit the office job entirely, that I started to find the perfect balance for me. There’s more to it than this, but put simply, I work all the time now, and that’s because I genuinely love what I do, so every move I make is to maximize my passion potential. Read more>>

Chris Meugniot | Photographer

I feel like the work life balance changes every season. Sometimes there’s a lot of work that needs to get done and I have to shift my focus more towards those projects so I can meet my deadlines, but other times work is slow so I get more time to unwind and break free from the office. I think having the discipline to maintain a balance is so important because it’s so easy to sucked into your work, especially if you’re a creative. It’s important to get out and let your mind think freely. I’ve got better at keeping a work life balance as time’s past and it’s definitely something I recommend everyone work on to ensure they avoid getting burnt out on the things they love. Read more>>

Chi Bailey | Designer & Director

Since the beginning of my career as an artist I’ve constantly desired to have a healthy work/life balance. and at this point of my journey I see that it heavily depends on how well I understand my role. if I try to be artist and accountant in the same capacity, that can really lay a burden down the line, but of course I have my eyes on the books, so this requires wisdom. Read more>>

Anna Keizer | Writer, Filmmaker & Podcaster

I once thought about work-life balance in a very regimented way… I was extremely protective of “my time” and keeping it separate from my work life. That being said, my feelings on that balance were always directed influenced by the type of work I was doing. The less I liked it, the more I wanted that balance! Read more>>

Rose Chang | Artist & Human Being

Balance has always been such an important concept in my life that I feel I am always trying to strive for and maintain. My family is buddhist but my parents were never really strict about it, however, balance is something that is hyper-present in my culture. My idea of what balance is has definitely changed a lot over time. I was less concerned with balance when I was in college and in graduate school, I felt my relationship with balance was an unhealthy one until just recently. Read more>>

Sylvia Liu | Artist

In the beginning of my career, my work life balance coming out of school was all over the place. I worked a lot and was very focused on my work, I didn’t think too much about my physical or mental health. I ended up getting some bad back pains after a few years and after that I learned to fix it through daily stretching and exercise. Keeping up a general sleep schedule and routine has helped a lot but I’m always going through ups and downs mentally and physically and I think it’ll always be a process but some of the most important things I’ve learned is to keep trying and I’ll always learn something new about myself that helps improve my balance. Read more>>

Angelina Rangel | Grams for Grams Founder

Finding that balance of work and life has always been a challenge however, I learned that the more I enjoy work the less it feels like work. Grams for Grams is a non profit organization designed to entertain the elderly at assisted living homes. Finding performers and songs for each show on the holidays has always been a joy. The work is in the rehearsal. Making sure we have a good show for each holiday is very important to us and is what makes us different from any regular performance. Read more>>

Elle Houston | New Writer

When I first started in my career, I dedicated almost all waking hours to work. It was always my first priority. My first wakeup call was watching executives give up things like honeymoons so they could get back to the office quickly. I started to question if always prioritizing work was the right direction for me when I realized I was in an industry that didn’t support bigger, life cycle events. I had always assumed that one day I would be able to take a honeymoon and not be shamed for it. Read more>>

Priyam Sharma, Muskan Tyagi | Creative Entrepreneurs/Designated Partners- Hype It Desi LLP

It has changed drastically. Tough is an understatement as it feels like we are working two jobs. This is Everything we think of. Even at our personal time, It’s been 9 months, and when a person said that “your business feels like raising a baby” that person wasn’t wrong. You need to take care of it at all odds. This includes protecting it and growing it. However, this is tough. In this process prioritizing is a must. You need to prioritize, delegate work and order your goals from least important to most. Unless this is achieved, you will always be in a confused state of mind. Startups are dynamic and this is likely to happen when you are working with it. Read more>>

Joanna Bronson | Director. Actor. Mind Spiraler.

My ability to balance has been a giant pendulum swing at different stages of my life. I used to be very much a work hard, study hard, play hard type of person. So of course there was no balance. It was mostly working very hard, 20 hour days, didn’t need more then 4 hours of sleep and sometimes went without sleep. But I found over time that it took away the joy of whatever I was trying to accomplish. It was a laundry list of goals. I was excited when I achieved my goals but not for very long because then I would look at the list and keep going. In the last five years I’ve made a conscious effort to assess what my day to day looks like and reflect at the end of the month and the end of the year to see what was balanced and what was I focused on. Read more>>

Jie Meng | Visual Effects Artist

As a visual effects artist, I’m 90% of time working indoor. Sometimes when I work on big feature films or TV series, there will be plenty of overtime. When I just started couple years ago, I was trying to working non-stop all the time, I wanted to make things perfect and kept improving the quality of my visual effects. Especially when I was working on my first big Hollywood film, I devoted myself to it, I wanted to work more and learn more. And soon I realized time just flew by, and I looked back of some period of time, there were only work related memories. Then I started to realize I should probably go out more on the weekend and spend more time with others. Read more>>

Ronin Lee | Filmmaker & Content Creator

My family is my everything. They empower me and are very much my inspiration to work and create. Because of this, it is important that I pour into my family as much I pour into my career/businesses. I come from a family of workers, however, my mother also valued living life. This value had a profound effect on how I view working and living. Having worked in cubicle farms and groupthink environments, I’ve been drained of all creativity and life before. It’s a horrible place to be. I was all work and no life. I made the decision to pursue my career as an artist because as much as I value work, I know that I can’t neglect living. Living life informs my work, so I can’t do one without the other. Read more>>

Charmaine Griffin | Copywriter & Founder of Kollective Koils

Balance, what’s that? I work full-time while running my business on the side… in the beginning, I was a hot mess. I was often overwhelmed by all the tasks I needed to complete while at the same time not effectively getting things done. Fortunately having a business coach helped me learn a few tips for efficient time management, like calendar blocking and saying no. Read more>>

Hunter Reece | Artist & Songwriter

Work / Life balance. This one has been tough for me, and still is. It’s hard to silence that voice in my head. All I hear is “Grind, Hustle, Work Harder!” in my brain’s best Gary V impression. The thoughts of falling behind because someone else is working at the exact moment that I am enjoying sunshine at the beach is deafening. I spread the gospel of taking time off to relax and rest, but I don’t always practice what I preach. This all comes from a place of scarcity. Fear of a zero sum, if I am not using it then someone is taking it from me. Instead, have faith in yourself. Trust that your best work is ahead of you, and nothing or nobody can change that. Read more>>

Alex Brokamp | Furniture & Lighting Designer

I believe as a designer or artist the worst thing you can do is separate life and work. Even though, I am not always literally working I try to always be present and notice little things that could guide a future design forward. I am really drawn to the idea of quietly clever objects that resist the urge to only design for innovation, as beauty is not always groundbreaking. Instead for me it could be a small detail that makes someone smile. Also, whether we as designers notice it or not I think our past experiences have greatly influenced our aesthetic tendencies of today. Read more>>

Loriann Serna | Founder & Event Producer, Wife Of The Party

I have given birth to two more girls while navigating through building our business. This required motherhood and entrepreneurship to go hand-in-hand if I wanted to be successful at both. I am really unsure if anyone can identify with what a true work life balance is, and that’s great, because what works for one person doesn’t have to make sense for another. Once we were faced with the pandemic, that changed balance yet again. Now rather than being in the office five days a week it meant three days at home trying to work in between cooking, cleaning, family life and obstacles beyond my control while trying to keep the business afloat. I get the work done, no matter how I have to, and everything always seems to fall into place. My team is supportive and helpful while always embracing the beautiful chaos of our “party” life. Read more>>

Anita Kopacz | Writer, Spiritual Psychologist & Activist

Work life balance is such an important aspect in success. I used to be a perfectionist who did not want anyone to assist me. I poured myself into my work and would be up until 3am finishing up my edits and designs. Today, I appreciate and understand delegation. I also let go of perfectionism once I realized that it was a symptom of insecurities. My quality of work has elevated because I recognized my value and worth. I’m no longer working myself to death. Read more>>

James Newberry | Film Composer

I believe that my work is my work, and my life is my life. When I was first writing music for different projects, I thought it was virtuous or cool to dedicate a ridiculous amount of hours working and powering through 4AM writing sessions for any giving project. I think a lot of that had to do with spending my time during the day procrastinating and knowing I would stay up late, suffering as an “artist”. Who knows. Now, however, I definitely work when I can, mostly during the afternoon or mornings, and I make sure to rest and enjoy my life much more than I did in those earlier days. Read more>>

Andre F | Photographer

I have had to learn to be smart with my time. Especially with a schedule that is never really “set”. Learning how to balance work and my personal life has been an extremely important aspect. So far it has helped me a great deal to become a lot more responsible where and how I spend my time. I’m grateful I have a circle around me that ensures I get enough rest away from work. Read more>>

Kajé Jones | Artist, Singer, Song writer

Work and life balance is something I am continually learning and growing in. My professional job is a high stress level job because I am an ICU nurse. I learned to use art as an outlet, and therapy. With COVID Our patient population completely changed which led to major adjustments and changes and increased stress. This led me to dumping more of myself into my art and pushing myself harder as an artist because I knew my struggles were relatable and the music I was creating not only provided healing opportunities for myself but also for my fans and listeners as well. Read more>>

Elona Williams | Educator-Activist, Athlete, & Jr. Coach

Over time, my work-life balance has been centered around my academics and athleticism. This is still true today. I was not allowed to work in high school; I was made to focus on school and sports…so that’s what I did, that’s what I know. I definitely do not come from money, so I basically went to college without any savings. I started working my first job of many when I was 18, as my financial struggle continued. Financial aid did not cover everything and I was introduced to stress of debt and balancing the cost of living. I have always balanced many things, but balancing work, rugby, leadership, and classes was as difficult then, as it is now. Read more>>

Brittney Thomas | Social Entrepreneur

The most rewarding decision I have made regarding my work, was the decision to balance and navigate how I chose to spend my time. I used to rely on a schedule where I was constantly grinding. Though I found a lot of success, and accomplished many things, I began to notice other areas of my life could use improvement. I now take days, away from the grind, to simply slow down, allow myself to be still in time, and enjoy the process. This balance has improved my creativity and actually given me a better energy and outlook when I return to my grind. Read more>>

Kai Patterson | Filmmaker & Storyteller

Work life balance has always been a struggle for me, as I’m sure it is for a lot of people in creative/artistic careers. Sometimes a project can completely take over my life to the point where I forget to eat. I definitely enjoy getting wrapped up in my work, especially if I’m really excited about the project, but I feel guilty when it’s the end of the day and I haven’t responded to friends or hung out much with my girlfriend at all (like right now answering these questions instead of hanging out with her). Read more>>

Celeste Rodrigues | Celebrity Medical Aesthetician

I used to drown myself in work, even when becoming a mother. I had NO balance. I realized there are moments and time that you will never get back. As much as I love and am in love with what I do, I’ve started to organize my time between time with my daughter/family and time for work and creating boundaries has been very important. I never had clear boundaries for myself and my work life. It has helped me to be more organized and carry less stress and to be present with each. Read more>>

Constanza Aravena | Graphic Designer & Collage Artist

I think having a healthy work-life balance is the single most difficult thing about having a creative profession. It is a feeling that I’ve noticed I share with many of my colleagues in art and design, we usually talk about how hard it is to stop a little bit and disconnect ourselves from trying to add value to our work. This is especially hard in developing world countries and markets, where the social hierarchy tends to look down on artistic and creative careers. Read more>>