Finding Work Life Balance in the Live Entertainment Industry
Identifying a personal goal to work towards on tour can help meaningfully fill downtime, help keep work and life in perspective, and give you a sense of control. Finding work life balance isn’t always easy, which is why you may need the SMART theory of goal setting to get it done.
Finish writing that screenplay, update your portfolio, master that accent.
Develop an exercise routine, improve your fitness, practice your cooking skills.
Learn a new craft, try a new hobby, create a photographic story, start your blog, write music.
Engage in online education, research a topic you have always been interested in, create a memory book for someone special.
Appreciating how ‘feast vs. famine’ working in the arts industry can be, consider specific financial goals you could work towards while on tour:
- Consider your budget before you go on tour. Treat yourself to meals out and different experiences on occasion but setting yourself a personal weekly spending limit is recommended.
- Do all you can to spend within your earnings, rather than relying on credit cards, which keep you in debt.
- Living away from home can easily become more expensive if not managed well. There may be some home and personal expenses that you can avoid for the period, but many will continue. Consider renting out your room/ apartment/house, see what services you can suspend, or spend time researching better deals on your utilities and insurances.
- Review your mobile/data plan before you travel, knowing that you will likely rely on this more while travelling. Paying for larger plans is often much more economical than paying for over usage.
- Take some down time to learn about long term savings, investing and superannuation. A little saved regularly over the long term can help you pay off your debts, save for
a home deposit, and make your retirement more comfortable. Starting early is the key.
The hardest part about achieving a goal is starting!
Try the SMART theory of goal setting:
Specific – Goals that are too vague and general are hard to achieve. Include specifics such as ‘who, where, when, why and what’. Just like approaching a character!
Measurable – Ideally, goals should include a quantity of ‘how much’ or ‘how many’, for example, drinking two litres of water per day. This makes it easy to know when you have reached the goal.
Achievable – Goals should be challenging, but achievable. Setting goals that are too difficult can be discouraging and lead to giving up altogether. Aim for success, which will motivate you to continue.
Relevant – The goal should seem important and beneficial to you.
Time-related – You don’t need more time, you just need a deadline. Deadlines can motivate efforts and prioritise the task above other distractions.
Break your goal down into steps and write an action plan for each step. Work on it regularly, a little each day, and be sure to celebrate and share your achievements.