WHO WE ARE
Our models, actors & performers can achieve anything they want.
Zebedee is a specialist talent agency created to increase the representation of people who have until now been excluded in the media, including people with disabilities or alternative appearances and trans/non binary.
Established in 2017, Zebedee looks after over 500 models and actors across Europe and the USA with a variety of needs.
WHY WE DO IT
Fashion, advertising, and other media industries are now ensuring that their campaigns are more representative of our diverse society.
“Disability is often left out of the diversity debate; we often receive briefs looking for ‘diversity’, but with no mention of disability, alternative appearances, or trans/non binary – and we want to change this. We want it to be the norm that REAL diverse media becomes commonplace.”
Alongside their work in successfully placing talent in paid work opportunities, Zebedee has also built a real community. They offer regular workshops, as well as running their own campaigns, catwalk shows and socials. These opportunities ensure that their talent increase their confidence and skills, ensuring that they can deliver on set.
We're no strangers to working with young people and adults with disabilities and additional needs.
Laura is a qualified social worker and has been working with vulnerable children and adults with a variety of needs for 10 years.
Zoe, a qualified further education teacher, specialises in teaching performing arts to people with disabilities and continues to run performing arts classes to young adults with disabilities. Zoe has worked as a model herself for over 20 years. We both also have children who model.
The initial idea for Zebedee Management was formed whilst we were taking our dogs for a walk together.
We were talking about opportunities (or lack of) for the performing arts students that Zoe teaches. And it was just a lightbulb moment of - If no one is out there willing to represent people with disabilities or differences, then why don't we do it?!
Importantly, disability has often been left out of the diversity debate, and we often receive casting calls looking for 'diversity', but with no mention of disability. Disability seems to be the last taboo - however we want to change this. We want it to be the norm that advertising using people with disabilities becomes commonplace.
We hope that the work that Zebedee, its models and the brands we work with, will impact on the wider society in terms of changing attitudes and developing people’s understanding of disability and difference. We are optimistic that this will make for a more caring society, and a nicer place for us all to live.
Zoe (left) & Laura (right)
WHO WE ARE