Please introduce yourself. What do you do? Why? What do you want people to know about you?
I am Zacharij Martin-Ned, but I go by surname, Ned.
I am an entrepreneur, small business owner, and creative. I currently reside in Killeen, Texas.
I own a brand called Zipp Squad Productions, an artistry/graphics company, and its partner Zipp Squad Entertainment, a media blog dedicated to the creative.
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
I feel what makes me stand out from the rest is my brands’ overall quality/experience.
Most of everyone I interact with, after getting to know me, tells me that I have more hindsight & foresight to situations than most would have. I try hard to think of the big picture, and how it’s viewed by each individual. So when I interact with artists or clients, I try my best, from contact to active collaboration to closing, are positive interactions for each individual.
When I decide to enter a situation, at the very least, I move with presentability in respect to each situation. A lot of people respect that reciprocation, and I feel it sets me apart from most people in my type of situation. I apply this way of thinking to how I promote and represent the creatives, artists, small businesses, etc. within the Central Texas area.
Describe THAT moment when you realized you’re doing what you were born to do.
The moment I realized I was doing what I was born to do, was when I could find myself lost in the craft of my work. When I create, manage, and exist within this space I’ve developed; it’s almost like it’s my subconscious displayed for those to interact with. This happened for me originally as a child, but as I grew, I lost myself to a lot of the vices of my own ego.
In the early 2010’s I was in & out of jail, and it gave me A LOT of time to reflect inward on myself, where I was mentally, and where I wanted to be. It gave me the time I hadn’t ever given myself in life. So once I was released, I ended up resorting to a childhood hobby; drawing. That matriculated into large-scale art, and graphic design.
I wanted to challenge myself, so things elevated in that sense. From there, I created the brand Zipp Squad Productions. Following the establishment of ZSP, I wanted to create a platform/space for other creatives/artists/etc. like myself to be able to promote, interact, and network with others like themselves. From there, I just kept telling people about my mission/idea and it’s matriculated since to now.
What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve had to go through and how did you grow through it?
The biggest challenge I’ve had to go through to date was personally battling my internal qualms. And that isn’t to say I’m this absolved person.
I still make mistakes daily. But there were BIG issues about my way of thinking, my way of communicating, and the way I processed certain emotions. Once I was able to do that, so many things became clear and matriculated for me.
I was quite literally forced to go through it, I can’t say most get to this point in the way I was, but the best thing I can say is to take your battles one increment at a time.
Who are the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could elevate your career or business? Why these specific individuals?
- Charleston White
- Shawn Cotton
- Vlad Lyubovny