Kamidogu: Tell us a bit about yourself: who is Kerri Hoskins Branson?
Kerri Hoskins Branson: Just your average mom of four, married and living in the suburbs of Chicago.
Kamidogu: Mortal Kombat was one of the biggest blockbusters to come out of the 90s. How did you first get involved?
KB: My first gig with Midway was NBA Jam. I was recommended for MK after working with the guys on NBA Jam.
Kamidogu: Do you still keep up to date with the Mortal Kombat franchise?
KB: Somewhat. Many who are still involved including designers and fans are friends of mine on the social networks. It’s hard not to keep up to date!
Kamidogu: How did it feel the very first time you saw yourself digitised in a video game? What other titles have you starred in?
KB: I thought it was pretty cool. Being one of 8 kids in our family and the only one who was NOT a gamer, I got a little satisfaction out of telling my sibs I was actually IN the games. Other titles? Oh gosh...I need to wiki myself...
Kamidogu: If you never came across Midway in your career, which other company would you have most liked to worked for?
KB: I am not sure. Great question. Playboy lead to Midway and Midway pulled me away from Playboy...so who knows where I would’ve ended up!
Kamidogu: What was your very first job?
KB: The day I turned 16, I got a job at a go-kart place. Started out as a snack-counter girl and quickly moved to assistant manager and loved to man the go-karts when they needed me. Our favorite times were when we had to shut down because of rain. All of us employees would then run out to the go-karts and race them around the tracks with our arms behind us on the governors wide open.
Kamidogu: What does a typical week entail for you?
KB: My life certainly hasn’t slowed down. I shut down my training business recently to pursue a hidden talent I had in painting. I paint full time now and can’t even tell you all how much I love it. I found my calling.
Kamidogu: How did you get into this particular field of work? Was it something you’ve always wanted to do, or did it just come to you?
KB: I just started painting one day out of the blue. I did a little in high school but hadn’t picked up a brush in over 20 years. My husband really started questioning who the heck I was. He was very surprised and now supports me 100%.
Kamidogu: From where do you draw your inspiration?
KB: Inspiration comes from my spirituality, my family and a lot of pain.
Kamidogu: What is the funniest thing that has happened to you?
KB: I would have to say being a tom-boy, non-frilly, no pink and no shopping type of woman. The funniest thing that has happened to me is bearing a little lady totally opposite of me. I have been forced into an unknown realm of sparkly stuff, fashion and cheerleading routines. My mother laughs at me all the time. I think she enjoys it, especially after that one time when she brought me to buy a prom dress. She was looking at Cinderella pink lace dresses, but we walked out with a straight black satin dress.
Kamidogu: What are some hobbies you enjoy outside of work?
KB: My hobbies are my work! Life is too short to do something you hate. But, if I have to say...I also have a saltwater hobby. Keeping wild animals in a 155 gallon tank is a challenge, but I love it. It’s my ongoing chemistry project.
Kamidogu: What are some of your favourite TV shows and movies?
KB: Man, I hate this question. I’m too psychotropic to keep a favorite. A couple movies I can watch over and over are Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. I still watch Grey’s Anatomy and Mad Men.
Kamidogu: What is your favourite food?
KB: Fermented grapes.
Kamidogu: What is your favourite colour?
KB: The same color on a mood ring.
Kamidogu: What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
KB: This would be a great question for my husband. I don’t think I do anything crazy but this one time I tried to go into a major business venture with friends as partners. THAT was crazy. All the other stuff pales in comparison...skydiving, bungee jumping, nude beaches and bars, shooting tommy guns, AKs and M16s, having 4 kids, marathons, bar room brawls, Porsche racing and trying to out-drink Toby Keith. I’ve probably got more, but I’ve blocked them out of my head.
Kamidogu: What is something most people don’t know about you?
KB: That I have a very close relationship with the Lord. He’s gotten me through quite a bit in my life, and continues to bless me and surprise the heck out of me.
Kamidogu: Do you have any famous last words?
KB: Life is a treat, and I can eat as much as I want.