AMA: Super Team Deluxe

almost 4 years ago from Justin Mezzell

  • Bevan StephensBevan Stephens, almost 4 years ago

    Love the pin badges, wish you shipped to the UK.

    My question: Do any of you have children, if so how do you find time to to work on side projects like this, and still find time to be a parent and support a family financially?

    7 points
    • Alicja ColonAlicja Colon, almost 4 years ago

      Rogie, Justin & Hannah, and I all have kids - 8 all together. That's a lot of poop.

      For me, with 3, I tend to only work on side gigs after they go to bed. My husband and I have a pattern on certain days we have "alone" time - pursuing individually what we are passionate about. Setting those family priorities and expectations help us more forward smoothly.

      In a collaboration like this, it's important for us to keep in mind of each other's family needs. Meaning, when it was time for me to craft the photos, the crew looked to ME to set that timeline - then they respected that decision and set it up in the grand timeline.

      6 points
      • Bevan StephensBevan Stephens, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

        Thanks, I like to hear that you schedule your evening time when they're in bed, I need to start doing this instead of just watching Netflix and drinking.

        2 points
        • Darian RosebrookDarian Rosebrook, over 3 years ago

          I'd say netflix time and video games can be appropriate to unwind, in moderation. As well as the alcohol.

          But I'm finding that I've had nights where even two drinks will hamper my ability to get quality work done in the evenings.

          With my child, he's usually not up until 7:30, so I have any time before then to get design work done.

          0 points
          • Bevan StephensBevan Stephens, over 3 years ago

            Thanks. You are a lucky person. My two are normally up at about 5:30, so no time to even think before getting up with them.

            And then by the evening I'm normally too brain dead to do anything productive. Its just a phase though (I have to keep telling myself that)!

            1 point
    • Rogie KingRogie King, almost 4 years ago

      I have 3 spawn and a lady-unit that's chosen to reside with me for all eternity...or until I die, whatever may come sooner.

      Bevan, really for me it comes to choice. I made the choice to turn down other opportunities, be it being a regional foosball champ, or even reading a cool book, or seriously working on other pieces of art in my spare time. The team did the same. We chose to fire all of our ammo at this, and like Alicja said. In our spare time. In the off hours of the evening after the kids goto bed. Or at 6am. It's a bit like a workout routine. It's hard to keep but if you schedule it and are serious about it, even with a family its attainable.

      4 points
    • Drew Melton, almost 4 years ago

      I have zero children and my output doesn't hold a candle to the productivity of Rogie/Justin/Alicja — They are amazing.

      2 points
    • Justin Mezzell, almost 4 years ago

      Definitely not the easiest thing to do, but I think all of our lives are crazy for any number of reasons. Having children isn't easy when it comes to finding hours in the day, but neither is holding down a job, working on passion projects, finding time to socialize like a human, or finding your own time for solitude.

      Not matter what you do in life, you're going to be prioritizing your time to do what you want to be doing. I think, for me, time management in parenthood has more manifested itself in being more time-boxed in how time is used. I'll typically work in sprints where I can hyper-focus for a burst of time and oftentimes those happen around 11pm when the kiddos are dozing.

      1 point
    • Justin Mezzell, almost 4 years ago

      Oh, also we ship to the UK now! <3

      1 point