Who Am I ?
1: Who am I?
I am Braden Bochner.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I’m still in high school (unfortunately), but I’m working on my column for The Huffington Post called “Tales of A Pre-Quarter Life Crisis.” I’ve seen a lot growing up in both New York and Los Angeles, so I wanted to find a way to write about the issues that teenagers, including myself, really go through in a way that is approachable and relatable. A lot of the stuff I see online about teenagers these days feels kind of stuffy and inauthentic, and most of it isn’t even written by teens themselves.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I was born in California but raised in New York. When I first moved to the East Coast, I instantly fell in love with New York. It really is the best place to grow up. Not only has the city helped to shape my character, but it has shaped my personality as well. I know everyone says this and it’s such an ongoing cliche, that New York gives you a backbone, but it really does- it gives you a certain edge. I‘d like go to school for writing, or for something creative. Honestly I don’t really know, but I guess that’s just all part of growing up.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
I’m going have to say my Mom. She’s honestly one of the strongest people I know and has handled all aspects of her life with a certain grace and class.
5: What book is your bible?
In between watching anything Real Housewives, I’m constantly reading. I love reading Chelsea Handler and Joan Rivers, but my emo side loves stuff like “ The Virgin Suicides.” I’ve read it every summer for the past four years. There’s something about the way Jeffrey Eugenides writes that just makes the book more mysterious and captivating each time I read it. The pages in my copy are filled with notes and random doodles.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I kind of get obsessed with everything I love, so it’s hard to narrow it down. My top four things that I love right now would have to be collaging from old National Enquirers“and foreign fashion magazines, Diptyque candles, the Watermelon Cayenne juice at Pressed Juicery, and Azealia Banks’s mix-tape. And I love the new XX album. Surprisingly, I don’t hate many things these days.
7: What is your raison d’être?
I dreaded exercise for the longest time, but now I’m obsessed with spinning at SoulCycle. I know that if I’ve had a bad day or am hating my teachers, I can walk into the studio and be brought back to sanity. I’m in love with the teachers Pixie and MB. They help me reach my personal best and totally inspire me to work harder. They’re also insanely in shape and play the best music.
8: What is your favorite color?
The walls of our apartment in New York were painted Tiffany Blue, so that always makes me smile.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I’ve never been a comic book type of guy.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
My friends and I all love Serafina on 79th. It’s relaxing, easy, and not really fussy. They have the best salads, pasta, proscuitto pizza, and everything is perfect. We just order the same three things off the menu and nibble.
11: What turns you on?
A Diet Coke and chopped salad at La Scala.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What are your friends like?
Braden Bochner is 17 years old. After growing up in Manhattan, he now lives in Beverly Hills, CA. In addition to surviving high school, he writes a column at The Huffington Post, “Tales Of A Pre Quarter Life Crisis.” He spends his days collaging, buying over-priced candles, reading anything by Chelsea Handler, SoulCycle-ing, and watching Lifetime movies.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Ceara Maria Burns
Photography by Kristy Benjamin
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Braden Bochner, At home, 2012, Photography by Kristy Benjamin/Courtesy of Braden Bochner