The Importance of Work-Life Balance as a Freelance Photographer or Videographer

A lot of us love freelance life simply because it's not the corporate grind. And while that's a great perk, one benefit of the corporate life is a (normally) clear delineation of where work ends and life begins. This great video examines finding that same delineation as a freelance photographer or videographer.

Coming to you from Simon Cade of DSLRguide, this video examines a topic I think a lot of us struggle with. I think the grind of freelancing breeds a certain constant guilt in a lot of us that kicks in as soon as we stop working, as if we'll never earn the right to a little downtime. The sad irony of this is that overworking ourselves often leads to burnout, and that in turn diminishes the capacity to work effectively and efficiently. As Cade puts it: "setting aside more time for work does not guarantee more results." Beyond that, I think it's particularly sad to see friends and colleagues get into this industry (or any creative pursuit) because it's what they love only to watch that passion evaporate as they overwork themselves. Yes, it takes a lot of hard work to be successful, but you have to take care of yourself too.

Lead image by Tim Gouw, used under Creative Commons.

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