It's working for Rochelle Brown, Executive Producer/Co-Owner, Powerhouse Productions
"I did not want to be on the road when my son turned over for the first time, when he crawled, or when he spoke his first words. So I took him on the road with me starting at 6 months, and instead of hip, chic, hotels with a great bar, I stayed at hotels with kitchens, and more of a home feel."
I wish I would have told myself that it is ok to admit that you are tired and that you need a break. Owning a company, and being a great boss during pregnancy is very challenging. I worked really hard like I had something to prove that I could do it all as if I was not pregnant! I really had nothing to prove to anyone, but you always feel like you do!
My primary reason to return to work, was that I had a business to run, and my clients needed me! I have a great business partner and an awesome team, but I had to get back because we had shows on deck, and the talent depends on me.
This was a plus to having your own company! I breastfed when I wanted to, and I did have a private place to do it!
I was off for 8 weeks, but I did go on a shoot or two towards the end of my leave. I was nervous to take off, but I was even more nervous about not having proper bonding time with my son! So I was in a good place, and my schedule allowed for me to be more flexible!
My mom owns a daycare, so it was a blessing to be able to have her support and safe place for our son. My grandmother was also a big blessing, she came and stayed with my husband and I. So I was able to move between work and motherhood.
My new normal, took a while because I have big productions and my clients wanted me on set and in meetings, and I had two big shows in productions. So I had to make peace with myself, and that was for me. I did not want to be on the road when my son turned over for the first time, when he crawled, or when he spoke his first words. So I took him on the road with me starting at 6 months, and instead of hip, chic, hotels with a great bar, I stayed at hotels with kitchens, and more of a home feel. I grew to love my new normal, because I did it my way!
My biggest challenge was finding the happy medium, and forcing myself to switch from the boss to Mommy! I always felt guilty, when I had to leave early or if my son was not feeling well and I had to miss a meeting! I was always the first in the office and the last to leave, and I did not want anyone to think that my vision or dedication changed! I had to lead, and enjoy being a new mommy on my terms.
My biggest support came from my husband, he said from day one, he would make sure that I was still able to be “Rochelle”, and that he supported my early return, and even when I was in labor and on the phone helping my clients. He knew and appreciated what came with being with me! My biggest indulgence was Chinese food and Law and Order! I just could not get enough!
As a working parent, I never expected the school part would be so hard and parenting would be so much easier!
As a working parent, a bad day is when I have to miss my son’s performance or back to school night because my shoot fell on his big day and a good day is when I am pick him up from school, like the other moms. He’s so happy just to see me standing side by side with them on dismissal! I usually have to do aftercare!