We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Noecker and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kelly, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I believe balance is the key to feeling fulfilled. I feel most fulfilled when I am doing a good job of dedicating an equal amount of time and effort to all areas of my life. I need to be careful not to bury myself in my edit bay sometimes. As I have gotten older, I have gotten better at taking the necessary breaks needed for optimal creative output. Sometimes it’s as simple as taking a few short moments away from a project that resets the mind. This often leads to better quality work.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a filmmaker who is primarily focused on making short-form documentaries. I am absolutely in love with my job. I never intend to stop. I think the coolest part about my job is that until the day I die, I will have a specific image I want to capture, and I have learned to accept that no matter what I do, I will never capture that image. Your mind is a magical thing that can produce fantastical ideas and thoughts. The fact that I will be running around with a camera trying to capture something that is not possible to capture is fun to me..

My favorite part about filmmaking is capturing unique authentic moments. Sometimes when out in the field, magic starts to unfold. Magic that only can happen at that exact instant. To be there, and to be fortunate to capture it and learn from it is something I really appreciate.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them up the CA-395 then down the 1 highway. Camp in the mountains on the way up, then rest by the sea on the way down. We would have no plans. Just a little stove, and camping shower and a deck of cards. The most exciting people and places are the places and people you never planned on meeting or seeing.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to mention my mother, my father, my grandfather and my girlfriend. My mother for teaching me to think outside of the box. My dad for teaching me to trust life and its random paths. My grandfather for teaching me to tell a story and more importantly how to listen to a story. Lastly my girlfriend for reminding me that you can accomplish amazing beautiful things without having to live an unbalanced lifestyle.

Website: www.themabelcollective.com

Instagram: @kelly_noecker

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