In episode 3 of “It’s a Slate of Mind”, I sit down with my friend, director and DP, Thang Ho to discuss overwork and burnout. In the entertainment industry we tend to take on as much work as we can possibly get, and while understandable, this can ultimately hurt your career and health in the long run. Does anyone else have a tendency to start feeling almost…guilty when you take a day off? I know I do. While these bad habits are understandable, it’s crucial to be aware of them so we can work towards finding a healthy balance. Thang opens up and shares an inside look at his daily life and schedule. We discuss learning our own unique signs of overwork, struggling to find the balance, what to do during the “slow periods” of no work, and ensuring we connect with others beyond just -work talk-.
This is a subject that isn’t just exclusive to entertainment industry folks, and a habit that is incredibly hard to master. I wanted to examine this topic from both an actor and director’s perspective, to get a glimpse at the similarities and differences on our thought processes as well as compare the struggles each face. It truly is eye opening to realize how hard we push ourselves, often unnecessarily. Thang and I also muse over the not-so-pretty results that can come from overwork- like creating irrational expectations of others, or acquiring shorter tempers.
Do you have any tips for making yourself take days of rest or non-work activities so you don’t get burnt out? If you are a workaholic like me and Thang, how do you cope?
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