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

Hi Patrick, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I probably subscribe the most to the school of thinking I’ve heard from artists who say when you’re a bit in over your head, you stand to do the most interesting work. I can’t think of any personal project or career opportunity that didn’t involve a decent amount of risk. Whether it’s money, or your future career, or your credibility that’s hanging in the balance, you almost always have to just trust in the idea and your ability to bring it into existence. Most of the time, I’ll have no idea about all the steps needed to get to the end, but the only way to figure it out is to move forward.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I honestly wouldn’t know where to begin in discussing what sets me apart from others in general, much less other artists. We could go on and on, and do the same for how similar I am. I’m proud of all the films I’ve made, and always the most excited about the next project. The path to where I’m at professionally has been a long and winding road. I’m still figuring it out and I’m sure it’ll evolve again in a few months. I still write and direct films, but I also animate, draw comics, and storyboard (in addition to other random work including marketing for credit unions). The biggest lesson I learned was to find a way to exist while creating art, and not to solely rely on my art to make me financially stable. It took me a solid decade of going-for-broke while creating small films before realizing I could also be making art while maintaining steady work in a relevant field. The tools I sharpen when I work on storyboarding jobs are the same ones I use in directing and making comics. You employ them differently for sure, but they build on each other.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The interesting part to this question is I’m completely reacquainting myself to Los Angeles. I’ve been here for 15 years, but now that we’re all emerging back into the public sphere, it’s a whole discovery of what’s survived, and what hasn’t. I’ve definitely got my go-to lists like tacos (Tacos Villa Carona, Guisados, Playita Mariscos on Sunset, and Mariscos 4 Vientos), music (Jacknife Records, Amoeba [but I haven’t been since they’ve moved!]), books / comics (Last Bookstore, Skylights, Secret Headquarters), and outdoor exploring (Griffith Park, Descanso Gardens, Eaton Canyon). I feel like most of those businesses survived, but plenty around them have shuttered. My love of movies is what initially brought me here and a lot of theaters are sort of on the edge of hanging in there, but I’m glad to see that the Vista and Alamo Drafthouse will be coming back along with the New Bev, American Cinematheque and Nuart. I’m also very excited to see the Vidiots Foundation finally opening the Eagle Theater. There’s still a lot of readjusting that this city is going to have to do though, myself included.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d be lost without the love and support of my partner, Ifer Moore. We’ve been married for several years, together for over a decade, and she has been a centering source of light through the roller coaster of projects I’ve worked on. We’re both artists, and that definitely helps us to key in on what we may be going through in our work, but beyond that, she’s helped me realize I need to take care of myself for the marathon. If it wasn’t for her, I’d be an old pile of creaky bones by now.

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Image Credits
Artwork by Patrick Horvath

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