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Art & Life with Monnie Aleahmad

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monnie Aleahmad.

Monnie, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m African American and Iranian. I was born and raised in Chicagoland mostly but also lived in Tehran, Iran for many formative teenage years. I speak Farsi. I’ve been an actor/artist for around 15 years now, but only started seriously pursuing an acting career about 5 years ago, mostly in Chicago. I moved to Southern California about a year and a half ago to really focus on an “on-camera” career.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
What I enjoy creating varies greatly depending on what I feel motivated by at the moment. I allow myself the creative freedom of avoiding the branding of my message. I act, draw, improvise, direct, and write, depending on what the project requires. What I’m constantly trying to express is honest expressions of who I am and what I feel and/or think about any given thing. I truly believe that expressing ourselves honestly, fully, and openly is the only way we can truly connect to each other on the deepest levels.

This practice came from acting and learning to be completely honest in character at the moment, but it doesn’t just fit there. It helps with improv, with directing, with all aspects of art, as well as with real-life relationships in general. I strive to be an example of a person that lives their truth so others can learn to accept and live theirs. Lately, the projects I have been working on have mainly been short form film content in the form of either sketches, shorts, or pilots. Mostly I’ve been doing some combination of acting, directing, and writing. These are mostly collaborative ventures with my friends at DMN Films, Evil Iguana Productions, Genius Losers, and the Pasadonuts.

I’m really inspired by the weirdness of humanity. The strange things we do just because or society just does them, without question, and no one points them out. As an actor, I’ve been doing a broad range of work form commercials to voice-overs and slap-stick to deathly serious, and that has been very rewarding so far.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Always be creating something/anything! You are an artist because you have to be, accept that and live it. There is no reason to ever hinder your own creativity, so do whatever you can to nurture it and don’t let anyone take that from you. And lastly, find your tribe!

Build connections that will fuel you creatively, support you emotionally, and stimulate you intellectually. Oh, and remember, your life is your life, it only needs to be whatever you want it to be. Create that image for yourself and feel free to revisit it and adjust it over time, but you need to remove any dissonance resulting from anyone else’s expectations to truly free yourself to be an Artist.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
The best option is to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for updates. I am going to have a small role in Bosch on Amazon for season 5 that I am very excited about, and there are many projects currently in production that we’ll be putting out there, just stay tuned.

-DMN Filmgroup’s YouTube:
-Pasadonut’s YouTube:
-Evil Iguana’s YouTube:
-my personal YouTube:
-my Vimeo:

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Image Credit:
Keith A. Morris III

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