We had the good fortune of connecting with K. Broch and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi K., is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I’ve managed to keep many friends from my “past life,” as I like to call it. By that I mean, people who knew me growing up in West Michigan. While I didn’t feel comfortable enough to fully be myself at all times in that environment, I’m constantly told I’m the same girl they knew back then. People are drawn to authenticity, and I’m someone who is unapologetically myself (for the good or bad). Whether it’s in the way I talk, present myself, tell stories, or make people feel, it’s never boring. Only Child Syndrome was created with the purpose of breaking down stereotypes of spoiled, doted on Onlies in the media. My intention has always been to show a darker side of what it really means to grow up alone. I’ve found a way to weaponize my sarcastic dark humor as a means of survival, and if that’s compelling to people or relatable, great.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In Grand Rapids, Michigan art was more of a hobby than a career. Which is ironic, as they host Art Prize every year. I did the college thing, went to Michigan State University for Sales Communications, got a “safe” job in Chicago which killed me (literally and figuratively). Had a near death experience, and moved to LA thinking there was no more time to waste. With no job or plan I began writing again, and discovered most of my life stories were structured around the psychology of being an Only child. Once I was able to get out of the debt I put myself in moving to LA, by working in marketing once again, I put all my money towards my brand and projects. Whether that be website design, writing classes, writing contests, recording parts of an ebook, styling a lookbook, creating a theme song or interviewing Only children podcast style, I did it all. You have to figure out what works for you, because no one path can be copied with the same result. Most of my efforts now go into finding a literary manager/agent, and perfecting all my samples for my writing packet. However, I did all of these things and more while still working my 40-50 hour a week marketing job. Then add in 2020, and imagine 12-16 hours on a computer a day. It’s the little wins that keep you going when you’re exhausted. I was recently a Semifinalist in Scriptapalooza’s TV Writing Competition, and even something like that can push me closer and closer to my goal of being staffed on a show.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
One of my best friends who lives in Chicago and I are planning out an ice cream/desserts tour of the city when things are more open again, so bring on the sugar high. In normal times I would recommend having a picnic at Malibu wines, definitely a brunch with bottomless mimosas is needed. Salsa and Beer is one of my favorite mexican spots, it even has a dips bar if you aren’t allergic to driving to The Valley (like I often am). Must walk down Melrose and go thrift shopping, and to all the resell shops for trendy gems. Get Tatsu Ramen while you’re there, and if it’s a Sunday go to the flea market at the Fairfax High School. For amazing Italian hit up Jon and Vinny’s. Depending on where you’re from, spend as much time outside in the nice weather as you can.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
When I became serious about writing, I thought nonfiction would be where I thrived. I’d lived such a crazy life up until this point, but the confines of telling a story exactly how it happened vs. the wildest version of it intrigued me. I’ve had many writing teachers, but none challenged me in the way Mike Ellis did. He’s become a stellar mentor, and I can’t thank him enough for giving me that extra guidance I needed on the road to becoming a successful TV comedy writer. I’m guessing someday I’ll have to repeat this at the Emmys.

Website: ocsbook.com

Instagram: @kaybroch

Image Credits
Jenna Johns

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