We had the good fortune of connecting with Shaelynn Dalton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shaelynn, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
This is something I am always struggling with. I am a single mom with a full time graphic design job as well as freelancing other creative pursuits. It can sometimes make it difficult to “turn off” my work brain. When I was a stay at home mom, I just did illustrations while my baby slept, but my life and schedule has changed dramatically since those times. What works best for me is making sure I have set times that I am allowed to work. Right now, that is 9-6, M-F. If he is asleep or with his Dad, and I have work to do, I will work during those times as well.
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.
I specialize in all types of mediums. I am an in-house graphic designer but I also freelance every other medium. I got my BFA in Graphic Design at BYU in 2016, which means I was a pregnant intern at Johnson & Johnson in NYC and had a 4 month old when I graduated and completed my final BFA art show. I think that really set me up for how my career would go. After I graduated, I did some freelancing here and there and started an art instagram with custom illustrations. 2 years ago, I got divorced. I was immediately thrown into the workforce as I had to get a full time job. I was lucky enough to find a place that allowed me to work from home and stay with my son. I had a nanny come in to entertain him while I worked so it was the perfect situation. Unfortunately, that company went through some budget cuts, and as their newest hire, I was the first to go. I found another job that was a great fit, but it meant going into an office everyday. So for the first time, I was working away from my baby. Even as an intern, he was with me. Pretty soon though, the pandemic hit and I was back working from home, but this time without a nanny. And thats where we’ve been ever since. Trying to get everything I need to get done while a 4 year old spills entire jugs of milk on the ground and walks into all my meetings is interesting to say the least, but as challenging as its been, I feel lucky to be home with him again.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Lehi, UT. My favorite place for food and cocktails is Cultivate Craft Kitchen in Draper. If there weren’t a pandemic, I would also reccommend Heart and Seoul Karaoke in Provo.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The BYU BFA Graphic Design program shaped my career immensely. I learned where my passions are and how to work with clients.