Work and Life Balance is a constant struggle for most working adults. Add a desire for a life in the arts, and many of us are in the midst of a constant battle of attention, exhaustion and dedication.
I have worked in various offices for the past 7 or 8 years. I am, in fact, writing this post from my cubicle on 44th and 2nd Avenue. The day after I got my great review in the Times, I went to work and tried to celebrate by buying an extra-nice lunch and photocopying with puffed up pride.
Add the desire to have a personal life and see a movie and spend time with my girlfriend and do my laundry and chat with my pals to a 40 hour a week day job and a commute and, of course, all this theater and blogging and playwrighting and you get a guy who feels, at times, like he's got three lives.
Oh, did I mention my family? Sometimes, very occasionally, I talk to them too.
So I'm curious how others work out their balance. How do you pay the rent and make time to direct or write? When does it frustrate you (as it always does) and when does it feel like you've got a sweet deal (a temp job where no one looks at you and you steal all the pens you want.)
Let's talk. Hit the comments below.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.