Bryan James Fox was born in Dubuque, Iowa. He was raised in both Iowa and Pennsylvania and has two brothers- an older brother Nathan, and identical twin brother Aaron. He grew up playing tennis and competed on a national and international level. After playing professional tennis he was discovered at a talent scouting convention and signed with Elite Model Management. Not long after, he made the move to L.A. with his brother Aaron and their dog Bo. He is currently hosting photo exhibits, both here and in NYC. He has also found success making films. We sat down for a Q and A with rising star Bryan Fox.
1)– Tell us about your photography exhibit at Think Tank gallery in Los Angeles. We saw the guest list, Demi Moore, and Melanie Griffith just to name a few. How did it all of that fall into place?
Fox – “We. Alone.” is something I have been working on for over 2 years. I couldn’t have been happier to finally see it come to fruition and was blown away by the turnout!! Since it was a private event, I wrangled friends and family. Having the right crowd was essential.
The inspiration for the night was to make an introduction for myself to show what I can do as a photographer and an artist. I tried to create a whole experience utilizing a special location in the garment district downtown where you found a neon sign placed in hedges blocking an alleyway. Once you found it, you followed a trail of candles to a freight elevator to go up and into the space. Discovering the gallery and the art and the aesthetic of the different rooms made the guests feel something special.
Every piece in the show is incremental to the story. It’s about acknowledging that we all have pain and we must accept our flaws. It’s about the darkness that we possess to get through life. We all have something difficult and tough that is ours and ours alone. No matter who you are. That is a universal truth.
Even the title having a period after “We” and after “Alone,” with two spaces between the words is intentional. But the show ends with a series of bathtub and shower photographs that to me represent a cleansing. I see that as a testament to the human spirit to survive and work through to have catharsis. Because here we all are!!
2)– You have a short film called “Dissonance” that is getting a lot of buzz on the film festival circuit. How was it producing and directing your project, and wearing all the hats? Congrats on recently being featured at the First Glance Film festival here in Hollywood. Also, your cast is really amazing from Henry Winkler, Loraine Bracco, to Kelly Preston. How did you lock all of them in to your short?
Fox – “Dissonance” was a passion project for me from the beginning, so I didn’t mind putting in the extra hours and working as hard as I did to make the film. But it wasa lot of work, so it probably took me longer than a short film usually takes to make. I wrote, directed, produced, and acted in it. It was a great learning experience for me to see exactly what every person does to make a movie happen.
Casting the film was no easy task because I went after big talent. I figured if I had a role to cast, I might as well try to get the best actor possible that was right for that role. I believed in my project enough to have the nerve to ask these incredibly talented people to be in it. Getting a yes was uplifting and empowering. But then at the end of the day, it really just boils down to the work and making the best movie you can.
3)– You also have a twin brother Aaron. Please tell everyone a little about the bond you share as twins, and what it means having him in your life. #TwinPower
Fox – When people ask me what it’s like to be a twin, I tell them I don’t know what it’s like to not be a twin. I feel so lucky to have a best friend that is supportive, inspiring, and he just gets me like no one else! After all, we’re A LOT alike. But on the other hand he possesses a lot of great qualities that I do not, and I try to learn from him and he inspires me to work on being a better person. I call him the “President” of my life because if I’m unsure about something, I ask him his opinion. Then I’m pretty sure that whatever he tells me to do, it’s probably right.