Joey Newman – composer, husband, father of three daughters, four cats, and a dog. If you know Joey, or at least know his work, you know that he's composed for dozens of TV shows including Little People, Big World, The Mysteries of Laura, and The Middle. So how does a composer juggle the responsibilities of week-to-week TV work while simultaneously being family man? I asked Joey about his daily routine to find out...
"I used to be a late night owl as that was the time when all calls and requests stopped, but over the past 3 or 4 years, I have moved to waking up earlier and working until about dinner time, then again later in the night if needed," says Newman. "Since we can’t control when we will get inspired, it’s important to be focused at all times – especially in the day with phone calls and email coming in, having to delineate work with co-composers, assistants, etc. Sometimes, the night is the way to go to just relax and not be interrupted for a better creative flow."
The debate over whether it's better to work in the morning or night has raged on for years, but I've found that, like Joey, flexibility and monitoring your energy level is key.
Joey's Daily Schedule
"As you can see, there is a delicate balance between personal life commitments and work," says Newman.
"I always try to take breaks when I can and clear my head. I try to get up every hour and stretch or walk around for a few minutes (walk the dog, for example). I meditate on really tough days.
"I also try and make sure the family is aware of how busy or not busy I am so they know how much to bug me for things. Some days, I stay in and work without picking up kids, etc. It just depends on how intense the deadlines and workload is. I have had to truly be self-aware of attitude and intensity towards 'being in the zone' as I have a history of being a workaholic.
"With a family, wife, etc. it’s not healthy to be a workaholic and I have learned over the years how much more important my family and friends are than this insane entertainment business. I think the scale will constantly tip back and forth as I decide which priority needs to be addressed before another. It’s never perfect, but that’s the life I chose as a composer where so much of my day is spent in my own head and creative imagination!"
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