We had the good fortune of connecting with Carly Gilleland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Carly, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
Balance is a consistent work in progress for me as a business owner. When you LOVE what you do, it is really hard to turn off the switch. Over the last few years I have recognized how important it is to maintain balance, because when I have more incorporated in my work week, I can see how it translates so well with my workflow and communication with my team. Being a parent has also forced me to structure in more balance as well. I think it will always be a work in progress. For me, the best tool has been sitting down on Sunday night time-blocking my calendar for the upcoming week and allowing at least one hour a day of self care and two hours a day with my electronics shut off so I can be completely present with my family.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Video story-telling has been a passion of mine since high school years. I absolutely love people and hearing their stories – we ALL have a story to share that will motivate and inspire others. Being able to capture stories in a way that fuels my creative brain and nerdy camera and tech antics, it’s something I am very proud to call work. I have built this video production company on the foundation of telling stories and working with people and brands that have a positive impact in our world. What sets us apart from other video production teams is that we are documentary-style filmmakers and the majority of our team is female, which is incredibly rare in this industry. Having a female perspective behind the lens definitely translates differently when you watch the end product. We have mastered camera-operating and video editing techniques to keep the quality of our work professional and some of the best in the valley, but I also take pride in having a team of AMAZING hearts and quality personalities – because that is just as important as the video skills set when you are working with a team to help tell your story through video. The journey of getting to where I am today certainly has not been easy, but I have enjoyed every bit of it. I am consistently working on growth, both personally and professionally, and know that if I am not celebrating little wins and failures along the way, I am not enjoying the journey, and that is the opposite of how I want to live my life. I think the best way to overcome the challenges is knowing they are always going to present themselves, and it is not necessarily about what happened to you, but how you respond to it. I strive to be a forward-thinker and solution-orientated that that mindset has help tremendously in this journey so far.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh boy, this friend better have energy stored up, because we are going to be busy! The following places would be a MUST for dining experiences: Farm & Craft for a casual lunch, ChopShop for a juice, Toca Madera for a cocktail and light bite, Maple & Ash for brunch, City hall for a martini and buttercake, JTs for some wings, and Porch for some beers, games and sports. Every day we will exercise, either a hike up Camelback Mountain, spin or yoga class at The Madison Improvement Club, class at BODI or bike ride around tempe town lake. We would then recover our sore bodies with compression and cold plunges at Optimyze. We would have at least one pamper day at the Phoenician Spa because is my ABSOLUTE favorite, and then head over to Vibrant Skin Bar for some IV Drips and maybe a little Botox. 😉 If we could take a day to explore I would go to Sedona for some hikes or the Water Wheel hike near Payson.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I LOVE these shout outs because I definitely agree that we are not meant to do business or life alone (shout out to my girl Lindsey from Powerhouse Women) and finding mentors and surrounding yourself with people that support you through your failures and celebrate your wins is the ultimate guide to success. In business, photographers Christine Johnson, Sandey Tenuto and King Lawrence have been incredible mentors. In health and wellness, the whole community at The Madison Improvement Club and Optimyze deserves SO much love. My inspiration also stems from Brené Brown books and Sara Blakey’s instagram account. Most importantly, my friends and family that have been the biggest cheerleaders through out my journey.
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