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Parenting in the Creative Industry, Pt. 1: Staying Centered, Finding Support & More

Like clockwork, I’ll be finally hitting a groove in scheduling our Design*Sponge content, or maybe I’m in that glorious writing sweet spot where all the right words are coming together, and it happens. At the peak of my productivity crescendo, interruption slips in and abruptly halts my train of thought — my six-month-old will wake […]

Like clockwork, I’ll be finally hitting a groove in scheduling our Design*Sponge content, or maybe I’m in that glorious writing sweet spot where all the right words are coming together, and it happens. At the peak of my productivity crescendo, interruption slips in and abruptly halts my train of thought — my six-month-old will wake up from her nap crying, or my three-year-old will be tugging at me for a snack. These are, admittedly, the tamest of examples as both of my girls can need any number of things from me, and often at the same time. And since I work from home these examples may be specific to my own working-parent life, but I don’t doubt for a second that others in the creative industry still bring their work home with them in some capacity. It’s in the nature of what we do.
From artists, to designers, to photographers, to novelists and small business owners, we work in fields where we never truly turn off our “work mind.” Working within creative avenues, it is often our passion that our work centers around, and passion isn’t something you can just switch off or return to the next day. This very reason is why so many people in the creative industry struggle with deciding if and when to welcome children into their families — and when they do, how to make their family life harmonious with their demanding and unpredictable creative work. As I battle with my own daily hurdles of working in my creative field — while also finding new tricks to make life easier — I often wonder how other parents with nontraditional jobs navigate kids and careers. I’ve interviewed self-starters whom I admire to explore the ways they overcome obstacles, delegate control of certain tasks to others, maintain their inspiration and also build a life from which their own children find great inspiration and motivation.
I’ve spoken with textile designer Hana Getachew of Bolé Road Textiles, June & January CEO Amy Richardson-Golia, designer Justina Blakeney, and novelist Rumaan Alam (who’s also writing on behalf of his husband photographer David A. Land‘s experience). These are people who I view to be infinitely talented and unbelievably creative, but whose careers also run the gamut from each other yet are unpredictable and demanding in their own rights.
In part one of this two-part essay series, we’re examining how these parents adjust and adapt their work/life ratios, ways delegating some of your responsibilities can be helpful, and how these creative types like to center themselves when they feel pulled in a milli...
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