September 5, 2014 at 3:04PM

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Long Trips and balancing relationships

Hey there I just got hired to shoot a 4 month gig for Discovery Channel and I was curious how you keep a relationship going with it? I know a guy who had a 9 month job and lost two friendships and a 3 year relationship. I'm flying all over, working 12 hour days, and I'm kind of nervous coming back to LA. Just curious if anyone had any advice for this first time flyer. Thanks!

- J

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It's tough. I personally don't have experience with such long intervals but, I do have experience like many others in leaving for a week or always working constantly. If you are currently in a strong relationship, I think whomever it is with would understand such a gig. However you also have to make the decision to accept a 4month gig. Maybe if you accept the gig, considering it sounds like an amazing time, you need to deny future gigs that would occupy that time.

I've found that even if I'm working a lot, I need to take time off to give attention to something that means a lot to me. Balancing your career and love life can be very difficult and I think it's important to remind yourself that you can't always sacrifice time with your loved ones. You'll end up being old and alone (granted with a lot of great footage).

September 7, 2014 at 3:59PM

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Alex Smith
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Thanks man! Yeah I think there's a balance between having a career and life. It's just tough making those decisions. After this gig I won't have to work for a year which will be nice. My dad made the wrong choice and never paid attention to family when traveling, then he lost it. Thanks again man!

September 8, 2014 at 4:59PM

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Julian Terry
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"After this gig I won't have to work for a year which will be nice."
Wow! Nice is an understatement. Need an AC? ;)

September 9, 2014 at 9:54PM

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Samuel Neff
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You must give you time to do it.

January 30, 2015 at 6:40AM

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Rag├╝el Cremades
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