We had the good fortune of connecting with Erin Beacom and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erin, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I love to work and in the past, I would spend all of my time working. Whether it was multiple jobs, internships, or creative projects. I realized recently that I cannot keep constantly working without taking a time to rest or to spend time with loved ones. Earlier last year I started to burn out and my stress levels were higher than they had ever been. So, I re-evaluated my schedule and started to prioritize hobbies and relaxing as well as work. I do still work all the time and need to get better at setting my boundaries so I do not continue to check my emails and worry about work when I am not at work. I believe balance is essential for a healthy, long-term business. I started my own creative company not to make loads of money but to do the work that I love and still be able to create a schedule that allows me to travel, spend time with loved ones, and have other hobbies as well.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The road to get to where I am today was definitely not a direct path nor was it always easy. I knew that I wanted to be working in a creative field after college and I knew that I loved creating videos but I was not completely confident that video was the right path. So, I explored other jobs and other fields while always doing videos on the side. It was not until last year when I was trying out another path pre-COVID and I absolutely hated that I realized video is what I need to be doing. So, I started up my own video production studio that I hope one day to grow into a larger creative studio where we can produce podcasts, offer both photo and video, and have a documentary team.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would spend a day in Golden with my friends walking along Clear Creek and if it was summer we would tube down it. We would visit Tributary for lunch and the Golden Hotel or the new Golden Mill for dinner. Another day, we would spend in Georgetown and Silver Plume hiking and enjoying the Bread Bar. I would take them to Lady Justice Brewery in Aurora and Lady Jane in Denver for Drinks. I would also take them to Coors Field for a Rockies game.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would not be where I am today without so much support and encouragement from friends and family. Years ago, I found my passion for video when working on a documentary team in Minnesota, Extending the Link. My team from those years and the mentors from that group helped me realize my passion and grow in my skill.
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