September 7, 2018 at 2:40PM, Edited September 7, 2:41PM

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Do you work every day?

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Currently I have a non-film related part time job (24 hrs a week). I'm working on making those 24 hours film related. Besides that I work ~36 hrs with film. This means I work everyday, and three times a week I work 11 hours. I love love love love devoting my life to film, but I must say I find it hard to cope with so much work, especially since I write by myself most of the time, so that's a lot of hours spend away from family and friends!

I've been thinking about taking a day off every week, but I'm not sure if it's a good idea.
What do you guys do? What does your weekly schedules look like?

I mean, I am willing to work a lot if that is what it takes and have worked like this for 9 months now. But I think my life quality would double with one day off a week. Or maybe more exercise could compensate for this?

Curious to hear how you guys go about it.

Thanks for reading!

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Spend all the time you can afford to film. I had lots of free time I wasted before starting my family. Now I really understand how much greener the grass was from the side I was on. Family and friends are great to take breaks from your work but devote almost an unhealthy amount of time to film. If you meet with friends go to the movies and study the movie youre watching. Same with family if you can control the destination.

I take every second I have free now and dedicate it to getting out of my 9-5 to be a filmmaker full time. Its incredibly hard. Dont do what I did. Every minute you can afford to not be at work be doing your craft.

September 8, 2018 at 2:29PM

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Chris Hackett
Director, Director of Photography, Writer
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Hey Emil, Thanks for the important question. We answer you on the podcast today! https://nofilmschool.com/2018/09/academy-makes-smart-decision-how-hard-s...

September 13, 2018 at 11:18AM

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Liz Nord
Documentary Filmmaker/Multi-platform Producer

I don't necessarily think my way is the best, but it seems to even out family/social life and work life.

When I'm working on a composing project or trying to grow my music library site, I go at it like fighting fire: late nights, random hours, etc. Probably too a bad degree. However, I get a lot done on the spurts. Then when work gets a little slow, I don't feel so bad taking it easy for a few weeks here and there. SO maybe when you're super motivated, go at it hard, then chill out after you've got a lot accomplished.

But I would ultimately agree with Chris. If you're trying to make film your main gig, spend a lot of time working on your art. Whether it's studying film or looking into a new lighting technique or actually making stuff.

To quote Plane, Trains, and Automobiles - "The finest line a man will walk is between success at work and success at home."

September 14, 2018 at 11:54AM

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Josh Molen
Music Composer for TV and Film
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I work in online casino . Would not say that it's easy. Every day there is a schedule (mostly nightly). Since this is an online institution, I always have a camera turned on. You get tired mentally. So you're not the only one ...

September 21, 2018 at 8:02AM

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Freda Archie
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September 22, 2018 at 2:47PM

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