By far the most common conversation we have with the folks we interview is about work-life balance. Starting a business or pursuing a creative career makes finding work life balance really tough because there is no clear start and end to one’s work day. We’ve shared some of our conversations on the topic below.

Andrew Pike | Audio Engineer & Music Producer

My work life balance has always been an important juggling act. As a full time audio engineer, moonlighting as hip hop producer and rapper PIKE it’s easy to keep these identities separate. Finding time to lock in and focus needs to be a priority. It is something I have struggled with and have developed a system that works best for my needs. Early in my career as I was learning the ropes, trying to make money and taking any extra work I could get, it was a challenge to balance. Read more>>

Cindy Coleman | Artist & Adventurer

My work/life balance has changed considerably! When I first started my graphic design business, I scooped up any client that came along. I was a “yes” girl and I could do anything and everything – and I did. I worked nights, weekends, whatever it took to get the job done. I skipped meals, I didn’t exercise, it was all about getting more work, more clients. And then I got Lyme disease. I met a client for lunch one day and on my way home I just felt so tired. So I took a nap. I’d never taken a nap in my life! I spent the next 6 months in the recliner before we even figured out what was wrong with me. Read more>>

Chris Walsh | Head of Post-production at Honest Films

To me, a healthy work/life balance is one of the most important aspects to being able to sustain your career over time. Life is finite. There are only so many hours in a day. I didn’t always think that way, and when I was younger I had more flexibility to steal more hours each day to put into my craft. Our industry ebbs and flows with how much of yourself you have to put into it. Our livelihoods and comfort depend on the ability to dip in and out of those streams effectively. You have to know how to shed the weight of your work when it’s time to pay attention to life. Read more>>

Monica Carroll | Artist

I think the work life balance question is uniquely challenging for creatives because you need to weave the “creative freedom” question into the balance as well. I think there is a direct correlation between freedom and creativity and maintaining some freedom to explore while in the studio has been a priority for me. To do this, I have taken “day jobs” that pay the bills and I have not relied on my art as a primary financial support. I have been lucky to find salaried roles that offer training or inspiration for my work as well. Read more>>

Ryan Anthony Martinez | Artist/ Muralist IllestRated””

My balance has always been in flux with where I am in life while trying to find discipline around my time and the work I may or may not have. Time and energy management can be a struggle; the repetition of work becoming life and finding identity within a job that I have to give more time to than advancing my own brand remains difficult, but then again I can’t always create when I have free time… the balance can be tricky. Ive always desired to be a successful artist and work from home but also long for consistent income, opportunities, education, structure and benefits without feeling stuck in one place. Read more>>

Maddix Stovie | Owner of Simply Things By Maddix & Event Planner

My work-life balance has changed over time in a couple of ways. After graduating from college last May my balance, in general, had to take a different turn. I attended Cornell College, a college that specializes in one class at a time. Each class runs for 18 days and on top of being a full-time student, I had to balance being the Student body president, a student-athlete, and running my business. Many days I would wake up, go to lifting then class, and rush to track and Field. After Practice I would grab dinner quickly, attend senate meetings, complete my homework, then work on my business for the rest of the night to get orders packaged, work on social media, and design new products. Read more>>

Jean Parker-Renga | Jewelry Artist & Yoga Instructor

Work life balance is a tricky one! Twenty years ago when I started Lily’s Cocoon I felt like all I did was work. I was fresh out of college, working an office job, and trying to create jewelry after I got home from my 9-5. Most of my custom orders came from the ladies I worked with and it was a great way for me to build my supply inventory. With those orders I also was able to grow as a jewelry artist and create what was trending. As the years went by I continued to adapt my creations to my current customers needs. Read more>>