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How to Balance Your Personal Life with a Career in Live Entertainment

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Finding success as an entertainer is far from easy. It requires lots of hard work, dedication, and perseverance in the face of adversity. At times, especially when you’re first starting out, it may not be enough to make ends meet.

That means having to balance a passion for the arts with more gainful employment. And even if that’s not a concern for you, since being an entertainer isn’t usually a traditional 9-to-5 job, it can be difficult to give other things in your personal life the attention they deserve.

No one wants to sacrifice love, friendship, or family to pursue their career goals. And no one should have to.

Special Guest App was started on the principle that performers deserve every opportunity to ply their trade, without any middlemen getting in the way. That’s why we designed our app and website to help creators and clients connect with one another more easily

It’s also why we recently talked to some of our friends in the world of art, entertainment, and business to ask them how they approach the all-important work-life balance. Here’s what they had to say…

 

3 Tips to Helps Entertainers Achieve Work-Life Balance

A musician playing guitar in a recording studio while a small child wears headphones.

Prioritize The Things That Matter Most

For Amy Davis, author and founder of My Cat Need This, the most important thing a creative person can do is stay mindful of the things that are, well, important.

Of course, what matters most to you might be different than what matters most to someone else. So, to get a better understanding of what your priorities really are, Davis recommends writing them down. Create a list of your top priorities, whether they be exercising for better health or taking classes in the interest of higher education.

Once you know where on that list your career falls, it becomes more manageable to make decisions on where to focus your energies. Even still, it’s all too easy to get overwhelmed. If you start feeling like you’re losing track of your priorities, Davis suggests taking time off from work to calibrate.

“Visit family and friends,” Davis says. “Make time for yourself.”

 

Break Things Down Into Small Tasks

For Mason Quesnel of art and entertainment news site Centsr.com, finding the right balance between personal life and career comes down to one thing: task management. 

“If you’re a musician, the 1-4 hours you spend on stage every night pales in comparison to the time it takes to book gigs, manage your schedule, reach out to venues and agents, respond to emails, manage merchandise, write music, rehearsals, producing, take calls, design, and more,” Quesnel explains.

“The good news is these are tasks big and tasks can be broken down into smaller tasks. Sometimes even those tasks can be reduced to smaller tasks.”

“When tasks fragment they become more manageable and thus your life becomes more flexible, Quesnel says. “Breaking down your goal into small tasks over time allows it to be manageable.”

 

Do What You Love, Love What You Do

For Kelsey Borlan Lee and Robert Lee, Executive Producers of Laugh After Dark, an award-winning stand-up comedy show on Amazon Prime, when all is said and done, the best way to balance a career in live entertainment with your personal life isn’t to keep them separate, but to make them one and the same.

“It’s not about work vs. life,” the Lees explain. “The key is authentically integrating your work in your life, so what you’re doing every day provides fulfillment. When it comes to integrating your work in your life, you have to do work that provides fulfillment.”

In other words, as the old saying goes, if you do something you love then you’ll never work a day in your life.

Although it’s vital to make time for loved ones and to avoid overexerting yourself, you should know that, ultimately, live entertainment is a full-time profession; be sure it’s something you’re truly passionate about before diving in headfirst.

 

Pursue Your Passion with Special Guest App

Whether you’re a performer, a booker, or a venue owner, pursuing a passion for live entertainment takes a lot of work. Scheduling, organizing, and advertising events doesn’t leave a lot of time for other activities, and that’s not even taking into account things like practice and rehearsal.

Luckily, Special Guest App is here to make things a little easier. With a nationwide network of hundreds of thousands of entertainers, it’s never hard to book a gig. Venue owners and event planners can quickly and easily find the exact kinds of live acts they’re looking for, meaning that creatives can get more bookings while also getting properly compensated for their talents.

Visit Special Guest App today and discover what we can do for you!

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