When people write me/meet me and say: “My DREAM is to be a Disney animator/ character designer, concept artist, etc.- what TIPS do you have to help me reach my dream?” A TIP? To get a position that thousands of people a year try for and miss? A tip to learn all the YEARS of artistic knowledge and…
When we went to Emerald City con, it was a great opportunity to talk to some of our fellow creative type and ask them how they maintain their Work Life Balances. We were lucky enough to find a morning to grab coffee and chat.
Kazu Kibuishi is a comics artist who was at the show moderating a panel. He recently completed a reissue of the covers for Harry Potter. He also created the enormously successful Amulet Series.
Kazu is an amazingly prolific artist and surprised me when he said he actually doesn’t work as much as people think he does. He emphasizes working efficiently in order to make time for Family and maintain a strong work life balance. He also says that finding a different place to work other than where you live helps to dilettante the difference between Work and Life.
Jake Parker is an illustrator and comics artist who has run two incredibly successful Kickstarter campaigns as well as teaching at BYU.
Jake says that his Wife keeps him balanced, when he gets too focused on work, she can gently remind him to step away and spend time with Family. He also thinks that finding a studio outside the home is a beneficial way to develop that balance.
Ben Zhu runs the very popular pop culture shop and gallery Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra California.
Ben’s world is a little bit different than a normal illustrator since he is also running a very impressive business. When I asked how he maintains a work and life balance, he laughed and said that for him it happens just naturally, an organic balance shakes itself out after time.
I found their insights on the subject very compelling as they brought up a lot of ways of thinking that hadn’t even crossed my mind! Thanks to all these guys for taking the time to answer our questions!
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