We all struggle daily with being pulled in multiple directions. I often refer to this as “adulting.” I’m not a fan. I mean, going to work, doing laundry, scrubbing toilets, and grocery shopping are all super lame. Needless to say, these are all things that have to be done and thus, we suck it up and do it. However, what is that one thing that you just absolutely live for? What is that one thing that you just have to do in order to keep your heart happy? For me, it’s film-making.
How do we possibly find the time in our busy schedules to work on our passion projects? Well, in my experience it’s a matter of being intentional. I make lists and schedules. Is this a bit neurotic? Eh, I don’t think so. My day job requires a lot of work outside of the work day. However, I plan ahead and make a schedule so that I intentionally balance work life with film life. Quite frankly, I’m not sure that I would write or edit if it weren’t for setting aside the time to do so. Consequently, not “arting” would absolutely make my heart shrink.
It’s important that creatives allow themselves to actively pursue the arts and in order to do so it requires being intentional. I know for me it has not only made me happier, but also allowed me to find peace in my day job knowing that it’s not completely suffocating my other endeavors.
So, friends. Make a list, grab a calendar, and make your plan for creative time! See you in the local coffee shop.