Benny Solberg | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 114

Benny Solberg

“I don’t think either of us thought about what it meant to start an ice cream business in our mid-30s with kids.”

Benny Solberg of FrozBroz craft ice cream sits down to chat about trying to decide whether or not to turn a fun project into a new, full-on career. He also talks about the amazing passion of serious ice cream fans and how easy it can be to let someone else convince you to keep growing an idea. Plus, Benny talks about his past as a musician and about wanting to get more music making back into his life. And he has a lot to say about balancing young children, a full time day job, and a desire to keep doing creative work.

“It’s not that I can’t be a real musician, but I gotta get a real job and provide for this child.”

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Jon Stark | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 113

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Comic and writer Jon Stark talks about not inviting co-workers to come watch his early years at stand-up comedy and about trying to separate his comedy life from his professional corporate life. He also talks about the open and supportiveness of the Twin Cities comedy community. Plus, Jon talks about his journey from playwright to actor to stand-up and how it’s all coming together as he puts together his first personal one-man show. And Jon talks about raising two kids and trying to keep creative work in his life while also supporting his family with a day job. Jon also gets really open talking about his lifelong struggle with repression, food addiction, sex addiction, and battling the stigmas attached to mental illness.

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Amanda Lovelee | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 112

Amanda Lovelee “My work may be visually all over the place, but conceptually it all looks the same.”

Public Art St Paul‘s City Artist in Residence Amanda Lovelee talks about allowing for social justice to inform her work without making that overtly what it’s about. She shares how she went from being a photographer to creating participatory, inter-disciplinary work. And she talks about the difference between her work as Public Art St Paul’s city artist in residence and her own artistic work. Plus, Amanda talks about how much her son informs her work and how much her work informs her parenting.

“I make work that brings people together.”

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Mac Wilson | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 111

mac_wilson“Knowing when to do a real deep dive is a skill. You can’t share an anecdote for every song you play.” 

Mac Wilson talks about working a full time day job at Hamline University while maintaining a second job as an on-air host for MPR’s The Current. Mac talks about trying to get six hours of sleep at night even while working all day and hosting a radio show until 2 in the morning. He also talks about the nuances of knowing when to talk about a song and when to let the song speak for itself.

“They know that after they’re in bed I go and am on the radio all night.”

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Peter Clowney | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 110

peter clowney“What I really want to teach my kids is less focus on whether you’re best in the world at something and more on sticktoitiveness.” 

American Public Media Managing Director of National Content, Arts & Ideas programming Peter Clowney talks about his struggle with perfectionism and how different his son’s temperament is from the way he was as a child. He shares the joys of having a genetically related son and an adopted daughter and seeing how differently they approach the world but also how the connect with one another. Peter also talks about moments when the demands of his work made him feel like a sub-par parent and ways that his parenting experience informs the way he connects with colleagues or external collaborators.

“I learn a lot from the way my kid doesn’t really worry whether his teacher likes him or not.”

Peter talks a lot about getting into radio out of college and how different the landscape is now for people wanting to work in radio. He describes discovering at the first radio station he worked, WHYY in Philadelphia, that his curiosity and desire to tell people’s stories were rewarded with more work and more opportunities. And he shares how the deadlines that come with working in public radio really helped to beat the perfectionist out of him.

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Davis Senseman | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 109

Davis Senseman“Business owners, they’re kind of like kids.” 

Attorney Davis Senseman talks about how her decision to study law was heavily influenced by how much shorter law school would be over pursuing a phD. She talks about how stage fright kept her from performing but how presenting in front of groups as an attorney has become so common that she doesn’t have performance anxiety anymore. Davis talks openly about splitting with her partner, the mother of one of her boys, and how that separation was similar to dissolving a business partnership. Plus, she talks about how she has to communicate with teachers at the start of each school year so they understand how many mothers her sons have.

“It’s a really good deal to have a kid half of the time.”

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Samantha Baker Harris | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 108

Samantha Baker Harris 1“You spend a lot of money on babysitters and go do shit that doesn’t pay you because you love it and it feeds your soul.” 

Samantha Baker Harris is an actor, improviser, and academic advisor. On this episode of the show, she talks about creating and directing shows as early as 2nd grade. Samantha also talks about deciding to put more energy into writing songs and performing as a musician.

Samantha talks about why she considers her improv training to be another take on getting an advanced college degree. She also talks about how motherhood has impacted her work as a performer as well as her work as an academic adviser who has to understand the life of a non-traditional, working student.

 “Who needs a masters when I can direct a fringe show!”

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Sarah White | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 107

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Photo by Elliot Light-Chaser Malcolm

“They already have this weird perception of what an artist is that’s way different than I had when I was a kid.”

Musician and photographer talks about being a working mother while chasing her own ambition. Sarah talks about performing on Broadway with Donny Osmond. She talks about moving to New York to grow her career and why she ended up coming back to the Twin Cities.

Sarah talks about realizing the importance of treating her creative work as a business. She talks about raising two daughters and how she wants to be a role model in ways both personal and professional. And Sarah opens up about the challenges of working in the same creative space as her life partner and how they can collaborate but also feel competitive.

Plus, Sarah shares some thoughts about seeing her dad recently return to painting after decades of not.

“It’s okay if I’m not the same as all the other moms.”

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Jason Noer | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 106

Jason Noer

“When you preserve something, it’s stuck.”

Jason Noer aka B-Boy J-Sun talks about the history of Hip-Hop dance and why capturing and sharing that history is so important to him. He also talks about building community as an artist and as a parent. And Jason has a lot to say about the struggle to get B-boying respected by the broader dance and art community.

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Lindsey Hoskins | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 105

lindsey hoskins “It’s true, I do love talking about puberty!”

Sex communicator Lindsey Hoskins talks about teaching teens and parents about sex. She shares how motherhood has influenced her relationship to education and how it informs the way she connects with parents in her workshops. Lindsey talks about not wanting to be a performing but loving speaking and educating to large groups of people.

“I like to get up and be an expert on something and know what I’m talking about.”

Check out the work Lindsey is doing with Family Tree Clinic here!

Or support Lindsey’s fundraiser here!

Lindsey suggests books written by Robie Harris that you can share with your young people to investigate understandings of sex.

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