Balance Between Life and Work

This blog is Co Authored by Philip Bloom as he wrote a blog a couple of weeks ago called "The elusive work/ life balance….can you achieve success AND have a life?"

This blog is a part of a reason for me writing this but from my mind and some of the same things I went through and I think some people can relate to it as well.  For me I try not to mix personal things with business but for some of the few people who know me knows that I have been to hell and back and this comment below is what I wrote to Philip on his page inside the article listed above.
"Hi Philip,

I was going scrolling through my tweets earlier today and I came across your latest blog post. I am not sure if you remember me from the Keywest master class helping out you and Nino. I know we did not get a chance to talk a whole lot (the way you say “Nikon” to how us US people say it :)  ). I started in this business 9 years ago now as a freelancer and that’s all that I have done and I can not agree with you more about having a balanced work and home life as it is very hard as I learned back in (Jan) of 2008 when I was just busy with work and trying to take care of my mom who was battling breast cancer for a little over a year at that point when about 2 weeks before I was suppose to start working on a feature film down in south west florida she passed away and the only thing I could do was try to get back to work as that’s how I have been able to deal with it but in the middle of filming (in my room) I just broke down in tears as it was a very stressful day that day. So between Jan 2008-May2008 I worked on 2 national commercials and 2 feature films as a Camera Assistant I just about burned myself out and I pretty much took 4 months off and I really almost had a career change but I got a call back in late october for a corporate gig and I said to myself “let me do it and see if I still love it” and so then I was bitten by the bug again and gained new energy and a drive to say to myself “why wait for calls on 2nd unit camera assistant work when my main goal was to be a shooter full time”. So then I made the decision to be a full time DP and Camera Op while also doing Media Management. Now I have gone back and Camera Assisted for a couple of friends in which one of them was my mentor who encouraged me to just become a shooter and just forget about trying to do it the “Old Hollywood Way” and I have never looked back since. So balancing work and home life for me will be even tougher as I will be getting Married this coming May to a beautiful women who really supports me and knows how much I love what we as filmmakers do. She does not care how much money I make as long as I do what I love. So to end this comment I want to give me thoughts and prayers to your best friend Marko as I could not even imagine loosing my mate. I am very happy that you wrote this blog cause not many people talk about this side of the freelancing business and you just hit a home run my friend.

I wish you nothing but the best and a Happy New Year mate  And I hope we can meet again sometime this year.

Corey Steib"
So I must say THANK YOU again to Philip Bloom for writing this blog as I am sure it was very hard for him and it's something that is not really talked about that much in our business which is sad but for him to really get very deep like that is truly amazing. You know my cuisine asked me couple of months ago "How do I continue to get freelance work and pay by bills after 9 years" as she always worked your normal 9 to 5 job and I told her "I try to network with lots of company and people and once you know how freelancing works then that's all that your use to".  You also need to have the passion and drive to work hard cause as the old saying goes "your only as good as your last gig". I really hope that this blog post really helps people and take a step back and see the entire screen in 16x9 and not just 4x3. 

Corey Steib

I am an award winning cinematographer and photography based in Orlando, FL. I have worked on over 200 feature films, tv shows and live events.

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