We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Holt and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Work/life balance was a major reason why I started my own one-woman graphic design studio. I tend to approach aspects of my life with a very “ebb and flow” mentality. I can throw myself into my design work and keep my head down for weeks or months at a time, but to avoid burnout, I have hit pause and recharge – whether that be with travel or a new personal project. This is all so much easier to do when you’re in charge of scheduling your own projects, but it’s also a little trickier to define those hard lines between work and personal. The first few years of my business were intense – with planned breaks here and there for that creative recharge. At times, I probably took on more work than I should have, but I was so focused on building up a sustainable business. I’ve since started a family, and found myself in a new season of slowing down. I’ve put more thought into projects, really ensuring I’m taking on gigs that are a fit for both my aesthetic and my calendar, along with building in more cushion in my timelines. I know in a couple of years I’ll be right back in that hustle mentality. I think you have to find what works for you, your personality, and your family. There isn’t a single approach that will work for everyone.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My design career started out fairly typically – I graduated with a BFA and began working in studios and agencies in DFW. However, I realized pretty quickly that I am more passionate about my design work when my clients are passionate about what they’re doing. This meant working for more small businesses, non-profits, and startups. As someone with severe financial anxiety, making the leap into working myself was very pre-meditated and had lots of backup plans. However, I’m so thankful to say I’ve made it over five years now without needing those plans! It’s been a struggle at times, but I know I’ve been able to develop more lasting, genuine relationships with my clients (many of whom I view as friends now) since becoming a one-woman studio.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Bishop Arts is always a hit! Eno’s Pizza + Emporium Pies + Neighborhood & Beatnik Fine Goods for a little shopping.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Jayme Ditto // howdyjayme.com for showing me how to rock the working mom life.