That’s why we created Zealous – a place where creative talent and opportunities meet, where any creative discipline is welcome, and where barriers separating you and the right talent for your events and projects are removed.
After selling a majority stake in his previous Cairo business (two weeks before the Arab Spring), Guy Armitage registers Zealous in London.
He spends a year on short film sets as a stills photographer, hangs out in coffee shops, and visits the (then empty) Google Campus, identifying Zealous’ business case and coding the first version of the site himself.
Zealous hits 1,000 registrations and the company hires its first employee, who tends to the growing community. Zealous sets up its operations in a co-working space in Bethnal Green alongside creative freelancers.
The site expands its creative user base by introducing collaboration and tagging team members in portfolios. This allows Zealous users to highlight one another for future collaborations and projects.
Forbes writes an article about Zealous. The economy, it says, can only grow if more people embrace creativity. The Zealous community now clocks at 2,000 creatives, all increasingly vocal about the need for increased access to money and space to allow them to succeed in their craft.
Within 4 months, we organise a festival showcasing 100 creatives from five disciplines on London’s South Bank. All talent is sourced entirely through Zealous. Around 3,000 people visit the space over three days.
Zealous evolves, and it extends services beyond creative talent by building functionality for organisations who can source creative talent for their events and projects through Zealous open calls.
Zealous evolves again and allows judges to join and help curate content on open calls.
Zealous launches bespoke services aimed at corporate clients to leverage creativity to engage with their audiences (whilst also supporting emerging talent). The first Zealous Visual Arts Prize, a paid competition for UK arts graduates, is awarded to Molly Palmer.
The network hits 9,000 registered users, 4000 submissions and more than 300 calls. Zealous offers shares to its team and a new Director, Yukie Yokoyama, is appointed as head of Business Development.
We won’t rest until our mandate to empower creativity is satisfied. Our priority is breaking down boundaries in accessing the right creative talent, from any discipline, for any of your projects, anywhere in the world.
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