Balancing the Grind with Rob Murat, Netflix Actor & Performance Artist

Rob Murat is a performance artist and Netflix actor, who most recently guest starred as a recurring character on the hit series, On My Block.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

Greetings! First of all, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with me. My career in entertainment currently spans two general world’s – TV/Film and Music.

I am a singer/songwriter/producer with a string of new singles this year as well as a brand new album on the horizon. As an actor, I most recently guest starred as a recurring character on the hit Netflix series, On My Block, whose fourth and final season is now streaming. 

2) What does a day in your life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

There is no standard answer to this question. Every day consists of a unique mix of actions all aimed at higher achievements in both career and personal/family life. For example, a couple of days ago I spent the entire day on set filming my next music video project.

The day before that was occupied by prepping and filming a self tape audition for a new TV project. Yesterday, my day was swamped with playing catch up on emails and phone calls for the various projects and business ventures I am involved in.

Tomorrow (and a couple of consecutive days after that) will mostly be devoted to editing the music video we wrapped a few days ago. And so on…

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?

Unless I am on set filming, most other work related tasks are remote. These days, auditions are self-taped from home and sent by my reps to casting directors. Also, almost all of my recording, songwriting, and production can be done in the comfort of my home studio. Also, all important meetings still take place on Zoom.

4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

Work-life balance is a carefully crafted combination of quality time with self, family, and work. The right combo may very well be a major key to true happiness in life. I do my best to allocate meaningful time for each on a daily basis and I strive to give all of my focus and energy to the given space I am in.

So family time is ALL about family. And the work time is ALL about work (unless family urgently requires attention). That said, I have also found that flexibility is the key to achieving a solid work-life balance. 

5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

This is an interesting question given the landscape of our world the past 12 or so months. The first thing that came to mind was the new habit of wearing a mask whenever I am out-and-about in highly populated public areas or at indoor venues other than my home.

But that would be more to save lives and less to change mine in particular. So, the second thought that came to mind was to be even more intentional about being/feeling grateful on a consistent basis. That has helped to change my perspective especially in tougher/more challenging moments. 

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, The Prophet by Khalil Gibran, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, Live Your Dreams by Les Brown, What I Know For Sure by Oprah, Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlson, The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee are just a few gems among the many classics that will add vivid depth to your life upon reading. 

7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?

Live without? No. I do my best to keep products, gadgets, and/or apps from owning my psyche. But, I do love my Apple Watch though. 

8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?  

The Rock

9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

This quote – widely accredited to Art Williams but first phrased in this way by Les Brown – helps me keep things in context when it comes to balancing all things in life: “All you can do is all you can do. And all you can do is enough. But, make sure you do all you can do.”

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.