Tips for balancing work and motherhood

Tiffani Theissen, actress on television's White Collar, talks about the challenges of balancing work and new motherhood.
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Tips for balancing work and motherhood

I think for me, the biggest challenge that I've had from day one is the balance between work and being a mom and wanting to make sure that she's top priority, which she is. And I think a lot of moms now a days are working moms and I think they struggle with that; and having that balance to make sure that they can still have their career and they still provide and work but at the same time making sure that their children are top priorities. And that was always a struggle. I went back to work six weeks later after having her, but I was extremely fortunate to have my mother come with me and literally be at work with me as I nursed my daughter, you know, for 15 1/2 months, and we made it work. It was not easy at times but we made it work; but that was definitely probably the biggest challenge I had.

Tiffani Theissen, actress on television's White Collar, talks about the challenges of balancing work and new motherhood.


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Tiffani Thiessen

Actress & Mother

Tiffani Thiessen stars as Elizabeth Burke in the USA Network original series WHITE COLLAR, which will begin production on its 6th season this spring.

Thiessen is an American television and film actress.  A versatile performer, she has proven her talent from comedy to drama in a variety of film and television roles. From Woody Allen's comedy “Hollywood Ending,” to “Beverly Hills 90210,” Thiessen's charisma has kept her career moving constantly forward and has gained her the adoration of millions internationally.

Thiessen has been seen in “What About Brian” and in a nine-episode guest starring role on NBC's “Good Morning Miami.”  In 2003, she starred the Fox series “Fast Lane” with Peter Facinelli and Bill Bellamy, directed by McG. She also guest-starred on the NBC hit comedy “Just Shoot Me” in a three-episode arc, portraying a columnist who becomes romantically involved with David Spade's character, and appeared in a recurring role on the ABC comedy “Two Guys and a Girl.”

She began modeling at the age of eight and soon went on to star in the television series “Saved By the Bell” for five seasons. At the same time, she made her feature film debut in “Son In Law” opposite Pauly Shore. In 1993, she showed her range when Aaron Spelling cast her in “Beverly Hills 90210,” where she portrayed the multi-layered Valerie Malone for five seasons.

Her other feature film roles include the comedy “Ladies Man;” the independent film “Speedway Junky” with Jesse Bradford, Jonathan Taylor Thomas and Daryl Hannah; “Love Stinks” with Tyra Banks and French Stewart; and the horror/comedy spoof “Shriek! If you Know What I did Last Friday 13th” opposite Tom Arnold.

In 2005, Thiessen started up her own Production company called Tit 4 Tat Productions while directing her first short film entitled “Just Pray” the same year. “Just Pray” went on to win awards at top film festivals around the country.

Tiffani currently splits her time between New York and Los Angeles, with her husband and daughter.

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