Day in the Life – Working as a Creative Professional in LA

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What’s it like working at a startup company in Los Angeles? How do you take a slow and steady approach to a busy lifestyle? How do you get more stuff done in a day?

Hello, 👋 I’m Matthew Encina. I work as a creative professional in beautiful Los Angeles, California.

In a previous life, I was a designer, animator, and a creative director working on TV commercials. Now I teach and create content at The Futur, an education startup, where I help creative professionals sharpen their skills and earn money, doing what they love.

While no two days or experiences are exactly alike here, I hope to share a glimpse of what the world looks like, through my lens. This is a typical day in my life.

Details from this video, and affiliate links* below:

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🎒 What gear do I use? Complete list here:

0:20 – LA drone footage provided by Mark Contreras

👨‍💻 0:25 – What do I do for a living?
I was a Creative Director at
Now I make content and teach at

⏰ 0:52 – I try to wake up between 6-7am every day to make the most of the morning.

☕️ 1:06 – I LOVE coffee. Below are my favorite coffee tools.
Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle:
AeroPress Coffee Maker:
Hario Cold Brew:

📱1:28 – I start my day with a dose of GOOD social media @matthewencina.
Tip: If you don’t like your feed, curate it. Unfollow accounts and hide content that doesn’t enrich your life.

💪🏽 1:40 – I climb, box, dance, and lift weights to stay in shape.
My workout headphones are the Power Beats Pro:

📝 2:15 – Writing is my brain workout.
I write articles on Medium:
Take a tour of my home office:

🗣 2:30 – I give talks around the world.
Here’s one from TED x CSULB:

🤼‍♀️ 3:00 – To keep my team productive and organized we use these tools:
Practical Project Management:
The App we used to run a virtual post-it note session:
Sprint by Jake Knapp:
I also recommend AJ & Smart to learn about Design Sprints:

🖥 3:35 – Personal planning, inside my office
Notion, my favorite organization tool:
Here’s an interview I did on how I use Notion:
My appointment app:
My email app:
Like my office? Take a tour:

🌮 4:25 – LA, hands down, has the best food in the world. I eat healthy (most of the time), and I’m slowly getting on board with this vegan thing 😛.

☕️ 4:48 – Coffee part 2. Revenge of the 3pm energy slump.
At work I use a Chemex to make coffee:

🤔 5:24 – Focus Sprints help you get so much done.
I explain Focus Sprints, and how to reclaim your productivity in this video:
The clock is the Amazon Echo Spot (Update 12/19: they’ve discontinued, and replaced with the Echo Show):

🎮 5:40 – Taking breaks is as important as working hard.
We love to play Smash Brothers in Nintendo Switch:

👨‍💻 6:04 – Learn all about our creative community

🕹 7:02 – Decompression
I spend most evenings playing Xbox after dinner:

👩‍🎨 7:14 – My wife is an artist
You can check out her work:
Take a tour of her mini art studio here:

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Hello. I’m Matthew Encina. I’m the Chief Content Officer at The Futur and a Creative Director at Blind. I’m a Filipino-American. Born and raised in LA.

You can find me on many platforms:
Instagram (Workspace Aesthetics):
Instagram (Creative Projects & Thoughts):
Facebook:
Twitter:
Kit:
The Futur:
Medium:
Linkedin:

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46 thoughts on “Day in the Life – Working as a Creative Professional in LA

  1. Although, there is NOTHING wrong with staring at a screen first thing when you wake up, people say it is terrible not because of the content, but since we literally go from almost zero light to very high intensity blue light.

  2. Hi Matt, love your content and your energy. Would really love to see what your notion setup looks like as well as any other interesting productivity and task keeping setups you may have. Stay cool!

  3. Your life, my dream for ma future as I am still in university studying Mass Communication-related course. I hope I can achieve this in ma future!

  4. Imagine watching this from a town so small it doesnt have a coffee shop. I lived in Venice CA once, I miss culture.

  5. Hi, i hope you'll notice my comment:
    I am a freelance digital/traditional artworks in some small clients here in the Philippines, a mandarin teacher in my current job at a school, but I am not genuinely happy about it. coming to the present pandemic, we have to do a quarantine lockdown, basically working from home .

    Making artworks or other's say, "artistic content" is actually my passion. As I watched this video, I am amazed on how can a working lifestyle be this great, I also want to experience this kind of work that goes with my passion.

    But sadly, my content and artworks doesn't seem to really get a big catch here in Philippines… I've been doing my pieces all throughout my life, it's depressing actually, to create something that I really love, but people just don't appreciate it. I envy this kind of working lifestyle…
    i'm 22 but seems i'm struggling everyday to get the hang of my current situation… I don't want to die early…

    I also want to be successfull of what I'm good at.. it just seems i'm not surrounded by the right people..

    I've also been asking around other content artists who basically lives outside the Philippines, but I recieve no response from them.. but I hope someone or something can suggest me on what should I do or how to start my passion… I hope you can help me. Thankyou so much.

  6. This is such a well put together video! Keep it up! Would love to see more about how you organise your life!

  7. Hi mate 🙂 first of all awesome video! your voice is so calm, i was wondering maybe u got any tips to make my day more productive, im a computer science student + a music producer and sometimes i feel like im getting lost, hope u can give me few tips to combine the two things 😀

  8. I really wish if i am one of your great team in thefutur ❤ thanks for sharing this day with us Matthew

  9. can you share …what is your nation dashobard layout and plan project and tracking habit in notion!

  10. Mathew Bro, I m a student who loves programming, learning and practicing things like Machine Learning and kinds of stuff, Sometimes I got bored whilst doing things like these, What should I do bro, how to organize a week for my works

    Love from Tamilnadu, India Hope you'll help me

  11. Hi, thanks a lot for sharing! I do have two questions, in your daily routine when do you do your personal development, like reading a book, watching a video etc.?
    And the most important, what do you do when you're not in the mood for doing what was planned, or you don't have the mental energy to focus?

  12. This is the day only we can hope to get. your life is amazingly stable and creative love you buddy. beaing a designer this video is visual treat for me.

  13. There are so many videos about "A day in the life of a…" but this one is a winner. Have a successful life man. Wish you all the best.

  14. Dinner at 8:30… Its funny to see so much difference in people lives. Here in Holland most of the people eat between 5:00 and 6:00 pm and start work at 7:00/8:00AM in the morning 🙂

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