How long do your favourite creatives spend sleeping, eating and procrastinating with YouTube each day? What time of day are they at their most productive?
After speaking to celebrated Australian creatives from a range of disciplines, we can say that for the most part, they’re in bed by 12am and up again at 7am, clearing space for a two-hour spurt of creative work in the morning, before heading off to a day job. For freelancers, the first two hours of the day are generally dedicated to admin, and the next few to creativity, although the untraditional schedule of a touring musician has one creative working from the afternoon to 2am.
Despite our idea of the poor artist being terrible at looking after themself, regular breaks for food and exercise are a feature for most. Leisure time is just as important; usually in the evening, providing some semblance of a work-life balance.
Designer and illustrator
Orpin likes to start work early because there are fewer distractions and it’s quiet.
Working regular day-job hours most days, Lancaster divides the evening between her personal creative projects and leisuring it up.
Kramer works hard during the day, organising her business for when she returns to the world of “sleep-deprived, newborn madness” in a few months.
Cleary is busy designing collections for Alpha60 and planning a store launch in NYC, with her baby by her side. She works (and sleeps) with regular breaks to feed her little bub.
Typically Seng breaks his photography into two blocks: one in the afternoon and one at night, often working into the early hours of the morning.
Creative agency and gallery owner
Wortsman has a varied day flitting between leisure time, creative work, admin and exercise as he steers the creative ships Jacky Winter and Lamington Drive.
Artist, designer and stylist
Early starts and breaking up creative work with short bursts of admin works well for Palaskas, leaving the evenings to relax.
When things get really hectic, costume designer Pattison implements a “no work after 10pm” rule. For a regular day, though, she likes to wrap up work around 7pm.
The afternoons are dedicated to painting and the mornings to exercise, in Kelk’s typical day.
King dedicates the majority of his day to photography. No matter the country he’s shooting in, he makes time to exercise both morning and night.
This article is presented in partnership with Edgell Bean Salads.