We had the good fortune of connecting with Zane Persaud and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Zane, what do you attribute your success to?
One of the biggest factors that has lead to my success is honestly just going all in. I made a decision that if I didn’t give it 110% then I would really never know if working for myself as a freelancer would work. Going all in meant becoming as official as I could with a website, business cards, logos, and educational courses to keep me continually learning and growing. Without the drive to give it my all I wouldn’t be where I am now.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I love video and filmmaking, it’s been an art form I have been using since I was a teenager starting from skits and comedic short videos with friends to now commercial grade ads for businesses and cinematic quality wedding films for couples, and all that as a solo act! The art of telling a story visually to make someone feel something has always been the most important thing for me, so much that my company motto I live by is “Create to Feel.” I believe that no matter the medium, creating art to feel something rather creating to function is paramount to a successful career. With this in mind, I’ve been committed to perfection (sometimes to a fault) at crafting the right feeling from every piece of media I create. Wedding films evoke wonder, romance and joy while a video for a new donut shop is playful, hypnotic, and exciting. it wasn’t easy to get where I am, I’ve probably watched thousands of hours of YouTube tutorials and annoyed plenty of other creatives with a million questions from creativity to running a business. Though it took years of work to get to this point, it’s all been worth it and I’ve learned you have to work hard, not stress the details and most importantly keep moving forward, it isn’t worth getting hung up if it stops forward progress. I just want the world ultimately to know that you are more creative than you may think, and when you do, create to feel.

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’m blessed to be living on the island of Kauaʻi, Hawaii which has a million cool things to do from snorkeling on the north shore to hiking in the mountains of Kokee State Park. A week is barely enough time but definitely gives us time for the big things Iʻd do, mainly a boat tour of the Napali coast on the northwest side of the island, beach hopping between several of my favorite beaches (including the beautiful Hanalei Bay), and doing a tour of the South shores National Tropical Botanical Gardens. Thereʻs still so much else to do like a helicopter tour to see the center of the island and the Jurassic Park Falls to kayaking the Wailua River to Secret Falls. Inbetween all those adventures I’d definitely be visiting the hot place to get food on island: food trucks. Taco Libre, Anattaʻs Thai, Filloʻs, and so many more have great food. I try to support local where I can! For a dining experience Iʻm definitely going to Sushi Boshido, Chicken in a Barrel and Street Burger. Also local BBQ plate lunches and spam musubiʻs are a cultural go to I always find myself craving. Did I forget to mention Poke? Though you can find it in many places on island, going into the local grocery stores to get a good poke bowl is very common.
The Hawaiian culture is deep here and the people here appreciate visitors who respect and are educating themselves on the land (Āina) and history. Visiting the Kauaʻi Museum in Lihue is an eye opening experience that helps you understand that the tropical paradise is much more than a beautiful vacation spot.
The last interesting or exciting thing not mentioned would be checking out the Waimea Canyon on the west side of the island. This canyon is incredible with waterfall views, occasional rainbows and of course amazing red dirt everywhere. The drive itself is one of the most beautiful you will ever go on.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Dedicated to my wife who puts up with me being a goof everyday.

Website: www.zanepersaud.com

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Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zanepersaud/

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