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Daily Inspiration: Meet Zachariah Axel

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zachariah Axel.

Hi Zachariah, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Great question. I grew up in Denver, Colorado and my passions as a kid were ice hockey and acting. While studying in college, I fell in love with French film and thought for the first time…I want to do that! After I graduated from college, however, I got the opportunity to start coaching semi-professional hockey. Two years later, I moved to Nashville, TN to work with the coaching staff of the Nashville Predators. Fast forward three years, and a lot of hard work, I was hired as the video coordinator of the coaching staff for the Los Angeles Kings! Amazingly, in 2014, I won a Stanley Cup with the team.

One day, while sitting in my Santa Monica bachelor pad, I decided I needed to make a change in my life. I knew I had to listen to my instincts. I decided to switch gears and pursue a career as an actor and writer. Looking back, I can honestly say it was the best decision I have ever made in my life. Sometimes you just need to have the courage to make a change and trust the voice in back of your head. Six years later, I am writing, producing, and acting and can say that the arts have helped me grow in ways I never thought imaginable.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Of course not! Haha. Financially it was a huge challenge. I went from a professional sports salary to an artist’s salary…basically trying to survive in LA. I’ve worked a variety of jobs to make it work and I have been really lucky to have tremendous support from my family and friends. You’ve really got to have a thick skin in this business and an unwavering faith in yourself as an artist and the knowledge that your voice is the most valuable thing you can carry with you.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
While under the Covid stay-at-home order, I wrote, produced, and starred in a dark comedy called ‘A Man Apart’. I’m really excited to get this one into festivals! I am also really looking forward to pitching and producing a feature-length historic drama I’ve been writing for the past two years. I really like to dive deep into my characters and I am not shy about confronting difficult subjects. I truly believe that film-making allows us the unique opportunity to confront issues we would otherwise push aside. Hopefully, the audience relates way…that’s what makes it magical.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
Oh my gosh, yes! Listen, let’s be real, many people were, I suspect, confronted with mortality for the first time in their lives. However you perceive the seriousness of Covid, I think that thought crossed most people’s minds. I certainly had a minor existential crisis that first month. I don’t really remember most of it to be honest. Haha. But after the initial shock, I really made the choice to dive headfirst into my craft. I guess you could say Covid really gave me the push I needed to ask some really profound questions about why I am doing what I am doing and what I want from my life.

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