We had the good fortune of connecting with Andi Brotten and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Andi, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I used to have a pretty good balance, and then I became a mom. Now my life balance is more of a juggle. I think about balance now as getting as much work done during nap times and night times. We all have the same amount of hours in the day. I have to set priorities some days. And the balancing comes somedays by just spending time with my son and getting enough sleep. While some days I can be productive and get three projects done with the sacrifice of some sleep.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
One thing I always say about my art is that I am not a perfect artist so I don’t make perfect art. But to me that makes it stand out from another artists work. I work on it until I’m happy with it and then I move to the next project. If I dwell on it I’ll never finish anything. I have struggled in the past with waiting until I have the perfect setup or the perfect final product but I was miserable and creating is what makes me happy. Imperfect art means I get to create more and have an edge of sorts. I think it sounds weird to say it that way but it’s true. I’m most excited about seeing my art expand. I started the podcast Unbearable Scares this year with Mona Kabbani for our short stories. The podcast inspired the creating horror teddy bears. And I started back into my artist journey designing my first book cover for Mona Kabbani’s debut novella The Bell Chime. I’m excited to continue creating, writing, and working hard to make it my full time career. It hasn’t been easy and I imagine it won’t be easy any time soon. I know someday all the hardworking and late nights will pay off though.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My husband, my son, and I are living in Germany right now and we work so much and with the pandemic we don’t get out much. But if we were back home in Minnesota and the world was in a different current state I’d take my friends to Spyhouse coffee in Minneapolis and then to find thrift stores to find vintage horror book finds and finish it off with dinner at the amazing Hell’s Kitchen.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My mom and dad are the start of my support system. They never told me I couldn’t have a creative career or that my imagination needed to be toned down. My husband was the one who gave me the push I needed to be confident enough to start the podcast. And my best friend Mona Kabbani is always there to help edit stories and tell me when something just isn’t working. On top of that foundation I have met so many amazing friends in the horror community who are there to read things before they go out or just be there for support. I’m very blessed to have a great support system.
All photos taken by me, Andi Brotten