"You need a fearless vision, in order to create a perfect. Always tell em a story …" The above offers disclosure on the way in which Monroe "Aki" O'Bryant lives his life and it is this very same axiom that substantiates the name of his production company, A Fearless Brother Project. But to structure a company and one's life according to such positive and philosophic rhetoric, one must willingly submit themselves to the integral molding that comes during the formative years. This is what Aki did and it would eventually lead him to the discovery of his own passion. The year was 1976 when [East New York, Brooklyn], welcomed the arrival of Aki. Like many young men of the time, Aki found solace in a culture that could describe the plight of urban living and the related experiences of he and his friends; this culture was Hip Hop. But something was different about Aki and his ability to exercise the content of his own interests and desires. It was this self-actualization that brought him to the realm of cinema. Enjoyably, he would study the camera techniques of famous directors and self-derive conclusions concerning the proper use of scene sequence and shot angles; whether his then novice position was correct or incorrect, the glint of his passion was always present in his position. It would be this level of dedication and study that would serve as a cornerstone in the building of his future career as a Photographer /Producer and Videographer, further complimenting his position as an up and coming force in the industry. Today, Aki owns and operates "A Fearless Brother Project", a Grand Rapids based production house that specializes in the development and creation of music videos and cinematic work and photography for local artists and actors. His recent exhibition “Realistic Neglects” has marveled even viewer that laid eyes on his thought provoking series. It is his expectation to someday be ranked amongst the world's top Directors, Producers, Photographers and Cinematographers... And if the fortitude that he has exhibited over the years serves as any indication, the passion driven fearlessness of Monroe "Aki" O'Bryant shall manifest itself in a manner that will undoubtedly shake up the world.
Monroe's ArtPrize Entries
These are Monroe's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Monroe's Past Work
These are images of past work that Monroe has done.