There are three rules every artist (every person, rather) should follow.
And yes reborn bird of fire, this is especially for you, and for everyone else out there who doesn't know:
1) Take Care of Self
It's rule number one and probably the hardest thing to do. In order to be a good human, in order to be a good artist, you absolutely HAVE to take care of yourself. Take yourself out for a walk. Use a creative outlet like journaling. Say no to other people when your plate is so full you can't find 20 minutes all to yourself for you.
2) Take Care of Family
You are number one, and your family is number two. This could be your blood family members, it could be the friends you made into your family, but yourself and family comes before -
3) Be Good at Your Job
Do you see that? Your career comes third! Third! Because if you need time for you, that's a bigger priority than work. It always is and will be. There are many days when you'll get up out of bed and you're feeling great! Your family is doing well! And you can devote the whole day to doing stuff for work!
But that is how you should be balancing things.
And I would like to add my own little rule, 4: Don't Work Everyday.
There are some people who say that you absolutely have to - MUST! - do something for your acting career Every Day! Every DAY!!!!!
And to them, I say,
Nine to Fivers get a weekend, and so should you. Treat yourself to the museum, a movie, a nice slow walk with a cherished friend. Because that's how you live and what you need to do to be happy.
And what the hey, I'll add another rule: Number 5: Go to Therapy.
Chances are you have some major wounds from the past. Talk about them.
The Maple Counseling Center works with your income on a sliding scale and is a great place to go.
I know. I went every week for a year. Rule 1 and all.
Take care of yourself.
You deserve it.