We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlese Watson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charlese, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I initially started my business, I didn’t have much of a work life balance at all. I was figuring out the best way to run my business while also working full time. Eventually, I ended up being completely burnt out and knew that I wouldn’t be able to sustain this way of operating long term so I started setting boundaries for myself. I have built in weeks where I spend quality time with my children and step away from everything. I’m phasing out working on Sundays and I rarely respond to emails on the weekends unless I’m actively prepping for a shoot. I also make sure I work out at least three times a week and I pace myself. I don’t try to take on more than 4-5 shoots per month. Implementing these boundaries and figuring out what works best for me has been key to a successful work life balance.
What should our readers know about your business?
HoneyBee Studios is a Georgia based small business that specializes in event videography, photography, and more recently, social media management services. It took an undergraduate degree from Savannah College of Art and Design, several internships within the film and television industry, a lot of trial and error, and research in order to get to where I am today. I overcame challenges with a can do attitude and a lot of sleepless nights. Some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way include the following: relationships are an asset and can only be a liability when you mishandle them, boundaries are necessary, it is important to learn how to stay dedicated even on the days when you don’t feel like working or the days where motivation is absent. Those days truly matter. You can figure out a balance that works for you if you’re dedicated to putting in the work. I would like the world to know that I am passionate about what I do. When you choose my business, you’re choosing to work with someone who values people and cherishes family. I’m a single mother of two young boys and my goal is to continue to build my business and teach them the ropes so that they can take it over one day. I’m building a legacy. My company is called HoneyBee Studios because I have always been eager to work for myself and as a result, when I was younger, my mom used to call me her little worker bee.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
These are some of the places I love and a few places I want to check out: Stone Mountain Park, R. Thomas, The Beltline, Edgewood Area, Slutty Vegan, South City Kitchen, High Museum of Art, The Hudgens Art Center for Sip and Paint night, Westside Provisions, Loca Luna, FlipFlop Sundays at Lava Lounge, Houston’s Restaurant, The House of Chan, Southern Belle Farms, Golden Glide, Cascade Family Skating, Stars and Strikes
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to Rhonni, @lifelovehair. I met her when I was working in the film and television industry and since then, she has been a major support system for me. She has helped me to not be afraid to be vocal about my needs and she has taught me the necessity of boundaries. I would also like to thank Lemans @_groceries, Angi’lee @itsangilee, Allyson @therealcoachgoode, Charles @dukecharles, and Detavius for consistently speaking life into me and sending positive vibes my way. Also to my family for always supporting my endeavors.