We had the good fortune of connecting with William Bryant Rozier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi William Bryant, every day, we hear about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
It’s all in the name.
Scrambled Egg(s) Design and Productions is a print and media production company. Like a lot of kids, eggs were the first thing I ever learned how to cook; I was around eight or nine. I’m not a big cook, but it was the sense of independence that resonated with me the most. It was that kid logic, the realization that… is this what people do when they’re hungry… they just cook food?
I was always going to be some kind of writer. I went through an engineer phase, a FBI phase (thanks to X-Files and Batman), but writing stories was always going to be my career path. The only decision left became what kind of creator I wanted to be.
I named my production company in college, when I was studying film. Whatever I was going to do, I was going to make my own eggs, I was going to be proactive and develop my own stories and not wait for someone to call me. If I’m hungry, I’m going to feed myself right now.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m an art director who works primarily in illustration but cannot draw… at all. But I’ve still managed to find success by making the seemingly goofy not completely goofy. My writing idols are Grant Morrison from comics and Toni “the GOAT” Morrison. Inspired and directed by them, I explore the relationships between unimaginable fantasy and brutal reality, with big idea concepts. And I’ve managed to execute that point-of-view in almost all of my projects.
The biggest obstacle with that has been finding the right partners who trust that POV enough to give me the freedom to figure it out. I work out of what most people would call a conservative city (Fort Wayne) in a conservative state (Indiana). It’s an earned rep, but there are pockets of resistance. I’ve created enough leverage now to excite passions and maintain trust to rise above it all.
I started Scrambled Egg(s) in earnest around 2005. After all the false starts, mishaps, dead projects, not-great collabs, I’m finally “there.” And I’m overdue for expansion.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would do a Facebook search on Music Lover’s Lounge (MLL) and plan my trip around whenever they throw a party. MLL is a monthly get down (pandemic dependent) with “dueling” deejays. I was their photographer for years and it’s the best time to have in this town. There’s all the activity around The Landing and the downtown area, but it’s MLL all day for me.
Wanna eat? Soul Food is my favorite. We have everything from the exquisite with Hideout 125, mobile (Savannah Soul food trailer), and get-it-and-get (Neighborhood Smokehouse BBQ).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
That would be my parents, specifically my dad, the late Willie Rozier. I just told this story to my students I’m teaching over the summer (shoutout to Saint Joseph Catholic School). During my baseball phase, when I was grade school, I lived at the batting cage, and one day my dad asked if I wanted to hit the faster speed cage. I was freaking out, but he made me a deal… all I had to do was hit any part of the ball and we could leave. On the third pitch, I barely nipped it. Dad got what he wanted and we left, with pitches still coming. We went further every week, taking our time until I could hit every pitch. He was teaching me about the importance of the process, of doing things in phases. To this day, I don’t create without that process. (Countless shoutouts to my mom, Kittie Gibson, for bringing me back to Earth when I flew too close to the sun.)
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