How do you maintain balance in your life between work and play?
JF: Excellent question, Play first ! Actually, play is more fun when the work is done…and helps avoid all nighters. Though I keep time sheets, as a freelancer it’s hard to “punch out” so to speak. I played a lot of co-ed softball this summer as a balance promoter…didn’t win any tournaments, but the social benefits were highly worthwhile.
Do you ever have creative slumps? What do you do then?
JF: There are definitely times when I feel more creative than others, and when I find myself in a “tunnel vision” concerning a particular project, I’ll look for others images (artists of all categories ) books or on-line. To break out of it, take a bike ride or go work out for an hour to clear any clutter. Some breakthroughs have come unexpectedly while in quite contemplation in a different place…changing your approach in an open positive state. Visit another creative and ask what they think.
What do you do for fun/when you’re not working?
JF: Enjoy skiing when the snow falls, but excited about a week in Oahu…leaving next Tuesday !…I miss big water.
What has been inspiring you lately?
JF: Those past and present with a concept or an idea, then act on it with a flight plan to fruition.
Any advice for others who are pursuing creative goals?
JF: Working in a creative atmosphere such as an ad agency / art department for 5 years will teach one so much before entering the freelance world…I think I entered it a bit too green, and the lessons were painful at times. Plan your “Balance” of work, fun and family.