If you have ever worked on more than one job at the same time, you would have experienced first-hand the challenges that came with that kind of multiple career approach.
Despite it being common knowledge that a lot of people opt for two or more jobs – be that to pay for school expenses, making ends meet, or just for personal needs – a lot of people struggle to keep their jobs in check and have often ended up giving up on their careers from the pressure.
However, there are also some people who have pushed through the tough times and have success in their endeavor – a prime example being Grace Wan, a Canadian actress, producer, filmmaker, musician, singer, and screenwriter who has been featured in several roles in films and music videos.
Born in Alberta, Wan had always taken an interest in the entertainment industry, and from a young age, she started brushing up on her skills. At the age of five, she took ballet classes, and after moving to Port Coquitlam, B.C, she began pursuing her other interests, which including singing, guitar, singing, and piano lessons.
After completing her academic studies, she began working as an office assistant at the Mainstream Company. She also worked as a Production Assistant for an independent film of Blood Work Production. In 2006 she auditioned in the Canadian Idol Season 4 and sang the ‘Greatest Love of All’ and “Inside Your Heaven.’
When it came to her acting career, her debut film, ‘Shampoozied’, was a short romantic comedy where she played the role of an Asian homeowner and played an extra role in the fund-raising film ‘Graffiti Flowers.’ She is most famously known for her role, Jamie Fu, in the short drama film, ‘Family Portrait’ and the action film ‘Acts of Vengeance’ where she had the opportunity to work alongside the famous actor Antonio Banderas.
Shifting back and forth from one job to the other can be challenging – but Wan believes it’s possible through the following tips.
Prioritize Your Work Roles
In every job, you will notice that there are several tasks – some that need to be quickly managed while others, not so much.
Note down all the important tasks in each of your jobs, starting from the one that has to be taken care of before the others. This way, you will be less stressed about the things you need to work on and can easily counter the difficult parts of your jobs before you run out of steam.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of Naps
Having several jobs makes it difficult to find time to sleep – but not impossible. Ideally, it would be best if you could get 6-8 hours of sleep on a daily basis, but if you have an irregular sleep schedule, then the best thing you can count on our naps.
Try to squeeze in at least 30 minutes of a nap between every job so that you remain fresh the whole time you are working without losing your mind to the lack of sleep.