5 Tips: Balancing Artistic Career & Personal Life
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 6 min read


  1. Schedule and prioritize your time
  2. Set clear boundaries between work and personal time
  3. Find a support system
  4. Take care of your physical and mental health
  5. Make time for your passions and hobbies

Performing artists, we see you. You're juggling multiple roles, trying to perfect your craft while also trying to live a fulfilling personal life. It's not always easy to find that sweet spot where you're thriving in your career as well as your personal life. But fear not, we've got some tried and tested tips that can help you in balancing work and personal life as a performing artist. So, let's dive into it!

1. Schedule and Prioritize Your Time

Sometimes, 24 hours in a day just don't seem enough, especially when you're a performing artist. But here's the catch — it's not about having more time, it's about making the most of the time you have. Let's explore how you can do this.

Create a Daily Schedule

Having a daily schedule can work wonders for you. It gives you a clear overview of your day and helps you manage your time better. Start by listing down all your tasks for the day — rehearsals, performances, meetings, family time, relaxation — everything. Then allocate specific times for each task. Remember, it's not set in stone. Feel free to adjust it as per your needs but try to stick to it as much as possible.

Prioritize Your Tasks

Not all tasks are created equal. Some are more important or urgent than others. Prioritizing your tasks can help you focus on what really matters. Ask yourself: What tasks will bring me closer to my goals? Which tasks have deadlines coming up? Once you've figured that out, give these tasks priority in your schedule.

Use Time Management Tools

Time management tools can be a great help in balancing work and personal life as a performing artist. Apps like Google Calendar or Trello can help you keep track of your tasks and deadlines, and even set reminders for them. So, whether it's a big performance or your best friend's birthday, you won't miss out on anything.

Set Aside Time for Unplanned Activities

Life is unpredictable, and so is the life of a performing artist. There might be unexpected rehearsals, last-minute performances, or even surprise visits from friends. Allocating some time for these unplanned activities in your schedule can save you a lot of stress and help you maintain a balance between your work and personal life.

Remember, it's all about finding what works for you. So, don't be afraid to experiment with your schedule until you find your own rhythm. The goal is to make your life easier, not more complicated. Happy scheduling!

2. Set Clear Boundaries Between Work and Personal Time

As a performing artist, your work often bleeds into your personal time. One moment you're enjoying dinner with your family, and the next, you're running lines in your head. It's a common struggle. But setting clear boundaries can help you keep your work and personal life separate. Let's talk about how to do that.

Define Your Work Hours

Performing artists often don't have a 9 to 5 job, but that doesn't mean you can't establish work hours. Determine when you are most productive and creative, and set those hours aside for work. During this time, focus solely on your work — be it rehearsing, performing, or learning new skills.

Create a Dedicated Workspace

Having a workspace that is separate from your living space can make a world of difference. It could be a room in your house or even a corner of your living room. The idea is to have a space that is associated only with work. When you're in that space, you're working. When you're not, you're living your personal life.

Communicate Your Boundaries

Setting boundaries is one thing, but making sure others respect them is another. It's important to communicate your boundaries to those around you — your family, friends, colleagues, and even your audience. Let them know when you're working and when you're available for personal interactions.

Learn to Say No

Sometimes, the key to balancing work and personal life as a performing artist is learning to say no. It could be turning down an extra performance, a late-night rehearsal, or even an invite to a party. If it interferes with your work-life balance, it's okay to say no.

Remember, your time and energy are precious. Don't spread yourself too thin trying to do everything. You're a human, not a superhero. So, set those boundaries and stick to them. Your future self will thank you!

3. Find a Support System

Everyone needs a support system, and for performing artists trying to balance work and personal life, it's no different. Your support system is your safety net, your cheerleading squad, and your sounding board all rolled into one. Here's how you can build one.

Connect with Fellow Artists

Who better to understand your struggles and successes than fellow performing artists? They are walking the same tightrope between work and personal life as you are. Connect with them, share experiences, and learn from each other. Community can often be the best support.

Seek Out Mentors

Mentors can be invaluable resources on your artistic journey. They've been where you are and can offer guidance, advice, and perspective. They can help you navigate the tricky waters of balancing work and personal life as a performing artist.

Lean on Friends and Family

Never underestimate the support of friends and family. They might not fully understand the demands of your artistic career, but they understand you. They can provide emotional support, a listening ear, or even just a break from work.

Consider Professional Help

Sometimes, you need more than just a friendly chat. Mental health professionals, career coaches, and even financial advisors can provide support in their areas of expertise. Don't be afraid to seek out their help when needed.

Remember, you're not alone on this journey. A strong support system can be your anchor when the seas of work and personal life get stormy. Reach out, connect, and let others in. After all, teamwork makes the dream work, right?

4. Take Care of Your Physical and Mental Health

As a performing artist, your body and mind are your tools. They are your primary means of expression. So, it's vital to keep them in top shape. Here are a few tips on how you can take care of your physical and mental health while balancing work and personal life as a performing artist:

Eat Well

Good nutrition is the foundation of physical health. A well-balanced diet fuels your body, giving you the energy you need to perform and live. Try to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. And remember, moderation is key.

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise keeps you fit and energized. It can also reduce stress and improve mood, which is crucial when you're trying to balance work and personal life. Find an activity you enjoy — be it yoga, dancing, or even just walking, and make it part of your routine.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is a non-negotiable part of a healthy lifestyle. It's when your body and mind recuperate. Not getting enough sleep can lead to fatigue, reduced concentration, and even illness. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep a night.

Prioritize Mental Health

Physical health is important, but mental health is just as crucial. Take out time for self-care activities that boost your mental well-being. This could be reading a book, meditating, or just enjoying a cup of tea in silence. Remember, it's okay to take a break.

Taking care of your physical and mental health isn't a luxury, it's a necessity. It's an investment in yourself. After all, you can't pour from an empty cup, can you?

5. Make Time for Your Passions and Hobbies

As a performing artist, your work might also be your passion. But that doesn't mean you can't have other hobbies or interests. In fact, pursuing a hobby can be a fantastic way of balancing work and personal life. Here's how:

Explore New Avenues

Trying out different hobbies can lead to new experiences and insights. It can also be a refreshing change from your regular routine. Whether it's painting, cooking, or playing a musical instrument, exploring new hobbies can help you unwind and recharge.

Stay Connected

Hobbies often offer a sense of community. They connect you with others who share your interests. This can help you build meaningful relationships outside of work. So, join a book club, take a dance class, or start a gardening group. It's about connection as much as it is about the activity itself.

Provide a Creative Outlet

Sometimes, your work as a performing artist can be intense and demanding. Hobbies provide a different kind of creative outlet, one that's free from the pressure of work. They give you a space to experiment, make mistakes, and just enjoy the process of creating.

Reduce Stress

Engaging in activities you love can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. It's like a mini-vacation from the demands of work and life. So, make time for what brings you joy. After all, life isn't all about work, is it?

Remember, balancing work and personal life as a performing artist doesn't mean you have to give up on your hobbies. In fact, they can be a key part of maintaining that balance. So go ahead, make time for your passions and hobbies. They're worth it.

If you're looking for more tips on how to balance your artistic career and personal life, don't miss the workshop 'How to Maintain Being a Multi-Hyphenated Artist' by Celina Rodriguez. This workshop will provide you with valuable insights and strategies on how to manage your time and energy effectively as a multi-hyphenated artist.