As someone who's read countless self-help books on getting things done with the hopes that I'll finally...get stuff done, I'm always looking for some inspiration to be more productive. Despite all the lists, meditation exercises, and lifehacks I've tried, I've learned that nothing works like inspiration in the form of successful women who are able to balance multiple successful endeavors. And no one better fits that description than Monica Hogan, who's able to balance a successful career in IT marketing with running her own dance company. As U.S. Marketing Team Lead for IT organization, FDM Group, and Artistic Director of Monica Hogan Danceworks, she's somehow able to excel in both activities-- both managing IT marketing teams across the nation and creating stunning dance performances. How does this "double agent" fit it all in? Rimmel London and Bustle sat down with her to discuss her inspirations, her attitude towards free time and productivity, and how she manages to make it all work with only 24-hours in a day.
For those of us who are struggling to find more hours in the day, Monica reminds us that with some effort and consistent motivation, we can find the time to achieve our goals. Read on to learn what keeps her going and how she manages it all while staying sane.
On Founding Her Own Dance Company
Monica's been choreographing for as long as she can remember. "My work has come a long way (I hope!) since those living room performances at family holiday gatherings," she jokes. When she first moved to New York, she dove right into the dance community by taking classes, performing and teaching. "I still felt a small void" she elaborates. "I missed creating. Monica Hogan Danceworks was born shortly thereafter as a way to channel my choreographic voice and stage works of my own again."
Her Look: Night Vs. Day
Her Biggest Inspirations
Monica's finds herself inspired by everything around her— a perspective that helps her with choreography and with the motivation to keep going. When asked what her biggest inspiration is, she answers, "Life! The world around us. People. Relationships. Themes of the human experience." Likewise, she finds inspiration in her relationship with her parents. "My parents are hands down my biggest inspiration. They are two of the hardest working and most compassionate people you could ever meet, and I grew up always striving to emulate those qualities I saw in them."
People's Reaction To Her Double Life
Her Double Life's Affect On Her Career
When asked what time of day she's most productive during, she states "Definitely at night. In most cases you can't rent studios in the early hours before the working day, which means I have to make the most of my evenings." Many people may not realize, but only top dance studios actually have their own studio spaces, with smaller groups having to rely on renting studios during the hours they're available. Despite working late into the night, she still manages to wake up earlier than most of us, waking up around "between 6:45 and 7am." Though it is comforting that like the rest of us, she leans heavily on a cup of caffeine. "The first thing I do [in the morning]? Hard to recall -- I don't remember anything that happens before that first cup of coffee."
Finally, Monica's goals for the future revolve around her dance company. "The company is definitely working towards a goal of presenting our own full evening production in New York," she says. Something tells us that Monica's drive and discipline are the perfect ingredients to make this dream a reality in the near future.
This is a sponsored post with Rimmel London.
Images: Monica Hogan