We had the good fortune of connecting with Kai Patterson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kai, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance has always been a struggle for me, as I’m sure it is for a lot of people in creative/artistic careers. Sometimes a project can completely take over my life to the point where I forget to eat. I definitely enjoy getting wrapped up in my work, especially if I’m really excited about the project, but I feel guilty when it’s the end of the day and I haven’t responded to friends or hung out much with my girlfriend at all (like right now answering these questions instead of hanging out with her).
Ideally there should be an ebb and flow that I haven’t figured out yet. Enough time away from work to make new memories and experiences that will ultimately inform and enhance your art, and enough work to make you feel like you’re fulfilling your purpose while keeping the depressive episodes at bay. If someone else has figured this secret out, please let me know.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am currently part of Team Greatness, working as an Associate Producer and Editor for Lewis Howes. I’ve been producing, filming, and editing the School of Greatness podcast for almost a year now and it’s been a very fulfilling experience so far. I’ve learned so much in such a short time and I feel extremely blessed to have a full time job during a global pandemic since I know many of my friends were not able to stay in LA after the entertainment industry essentially closed down.
Something that I love to do is dissect all of the little events in my life that got me to where I am today. There’s no way to predict the outcome of a conversation with a stranger, or responding to a random DM on Instagram, or picking up a call from an unknown number, you gotta go with the flow and let life take you where you need to go. I remember taking a class in college all about podcasting, and I knew as a filmmaker I could learn from the class, but I never thought I’d end up producing and editing for such a widely known podcast myself.
As much as I was thrilled to have this kind of work, it also came with its challenges. Over the past couple years I’ve been trying to deal with somewhat of a panic disorder that I don’t really talk about with anyone outside my closest circle (so why not announce it to the world in an article instead). And if trying not to have a panic attack at work isn’t hard enough in general, add in the fact that if I did end up having a panic attack it would come at the expense of the podcast interview with some celebrity that we worked hard to book. The irony is that we usually have therapists and doctors on the School of Greatness podcast talking about ways to deal with anxiety and panic attacks, so I have been getting better, but that’s probably been my biggest struggle.
Am I using this article instead of therapy? Maybe. Did I answer this prompt correctly? Honestly, who knows.
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.
It’s hard to say with the pandemic, honestly. I just recently moved to Venice Beach with my girlfriend and because we haven’t really been able to get out and explore, I feel like this is an unfair question. But we’d definitely have to go to the beach, that’s my happy place! My girlfriend, who was born and raised in LA (making her a much better host than I would ever be), has taken me to a lot of the places that I now consider my favorites! If you like boba tea then I would highly recommend T-Pumps in Pasadena, I always get the rose-vanilla milk tea with extra boba (I used to get matcha but they don’t offer it anymore, what the heck T-Pumps!?). Urth Café is incredible for so many reasons but their buttermilk waffles are to die for! My girlfriend and I have started ordering from a place called Wow Bao (we haven’t actually been there in person yet, due to COVID, but I feel like there’s a permanent DoorDash to-go bag in there with our names on it at this point.) Driving down PCH at sunset is a must!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people in my life that deserve a little credit and recognition in my story, but there is one person among everyone else in my life that stands out in my mind. My mother. This woman is the strongest woman I know and taught me how to be the best man I can be. She has always been my partner in crime when it comes to creativity, storytelling, and art. Hollywood is lucky that we both have full-time jobs right now, because if we didn’t we’d be taking over the industry. We have so many stories ready to go and I can’t wait to make them a reality as a mother/son duo.
I love you, Mom. Thanks for all your constant support!
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