It can be a major decision to be a mother and still pursue a demanding life as an artist.
Anjelica Huston has commented about choosing her creative professional life over motherhood:
“I have a very full life and I am very happy with where I am now. I don’t want to change anything.
“I once wanted to have children and it was not my choice not to have children but it hasn’t broken my heart that I haven’t.
“I think unless you’re truly whole-heartedly prepared to make a full-time commitment, you have to really think about it.
“I certainly wouldn’t adopt children just because everybody in show business seems to be doing it.” [imdb.com, unknown date]
Many active actors are mothers and make it work, especially when they are successful enough to be able to afford help.
Kyra Sedgwick has commented about how she schedules her time and energy, and mentioned some of her doubts about being away from her children so much.
She works for about half the year in Los Angeles, away from her family in Manhattan: Kevin Bacon and their two teen children.
“I’m more creatively fulfilled than I’ve ever been. This was a choice I made for myself, in hopes that it would be okay for the family and that I would be a role model for my kids to follow their own dreams.
“I don’t wake up at three in the morning panicking. I’ve spent a lot of time with my kids, serious 24-hour time, and we have really good relationships. But I am always wondering, Is this the right thing to do? Honestly, I have no idea.” [Life mag., June 9 2006]