366 - Kirk Mihelakos

Kirk Mihelakos is a Cinematographer, Editor and Colorist located in Melbourne, Australia

Kirk Mihelakos day to day job is in marketing, but that is crossing over more and more frequently these days with his side work being a Cinematographer, Editor and Colorist.

He has a passion for watching desk setup and office tour videos on YouTube and has but that knowledge to good use in creating his new space.

One of the more unique parts of my desk setup, is it being placed in the center of the room. A difficult choice but good challenge for cable management. But makes the whole space seem more open, compared to staring at a typical wall.

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Inside Kirk's Workspace

Workspace Setup


What is the most useful item in your workspace?

Definitely both my Desk and Apple Studio Display, having a standing desk with cable management tools built in, give me a lot of flexibility for my back and posture when working throughout the day. And the Apple studio display was a recent upgrade, that I wish I did sooner, I do a lot of editing and more particularly colour grading, so it’s accuracy and convenient features have become a crucial part of my workflow.

How do you spark creativity?

I love movies, so watching new movies and old, spark my passion for creating things as well as watchin  a lot of creative advertising from the mid 2000s to 2010s, all the way until today. I get a lot of my inspiration from those and in terms of creativity, having a space that is organised and beautiful to look at, always puts me in the mindset to work and create, plus getting out on walks too sparks ideas.

How do you manage work-life balance?

Simply by really prioritising the people I want to see, the things I want to do, and the projects I work on. We have limited time on this planet, so saying no to a lot of the ‘junk’ in terms of from a social perspective, and work context, is a hard thing to do at first, but a crucial way to make sure I work on things I want to grow, and to enjoy life.

What do you think is the main benefit of remote work?

Purely time saving, undoubtedly, the commute to work and cost that was attributed to working in the office 5 days a week. Lot’s of creative work can be done at home, and I can be more productive with my time, plus the extra hours saved commuting can be put into family time, or working on passion projects. But there is a fine line between that, and getting too comfortable. So setting goals, minimising distractions and routines + having focus is important.
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