As an actor turned producer, Zane Hubbard has been in the film industry for quite a while. His experience began with college plays, expanded to background acting, to being featured in Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. His passion lies in storytelling and he creates original, inclusive projects where he gets to make opportunities for people of color and people with disabilities. Representation matters and Zane wants to create an environment in the film industry that makes people feel seen, safe, and welcome.
As a creator for a number of award-winning short films and the Amazon Prime series called The Chronicles of Jessica Wu, his advocacy is what drives inclusivity in his projects. In The Chronicles of Jessica Wu, the main character is a young African American girl on the Autism Spectrum that uses her training in Martial Arts to be a hero. This story is something dear to him personally and works to create a world that supports and welcomes those with that are different. “This is important for representation, showing them that they matter and they are valuable,” Zane says empathetically.
As a director and producer, he has opened a number of doors with his filmmaking. “I want to connect with people, I love that part about my job. I get to create a space where they feel comfortable and loved, this is what gets me excited about going to work, because it doesn’t feel like it,” he says. Zane’s passion for people and stories are what makes his business stand out. In 2016, he established his own production company called Ironbeard Films where his talent and expertise stands out and thrives. There is a lot more free
dom to do what he loves with his own company, “We started out a bit small and had some struggles during COVID, but we made it out the other side. We are safely
making films and creating once again, but I can’t say it wasn’t difficult, we lost a lot at first.”
Ironbeard Films is “is a multi-platform production company creating original content for television, film, corporate brands, music videos, and digital networks.” They create high definition wedding videos, short films, and are expanding to documentaries that are in the works. “Viewers retain ninety-five percent of a message when they watch it in a video compared to ten percent when reading it in text,” Zane quoted. “That is why visual stories are so popular and useful for spreading a message and representing what you’re creating.” He firmly believes that his film company is going to expand, “I see myself growing my business in Atlanta, Georgia with a second office. We will work with major corporations and make feature films.”
With Zane’s impact and passion for people, he sees a lot of good coming from what he’s creating. “I see the future of my industry changing for the better with more diversity and opportunities for people of color,” he says. His art is diverse, customized, and original, much like what he promotes in his stories. His optimism and passion for what he does is his drive. “Someone told me once that if you do what you love, it won’t feel like work, and I wake up everyday working to make sure that what I do is what I love,” he says.
“I started small, but I dreamed big and now I’m here,” Zane says smiling. “This is what feels like success to me. Nothing feels like I’m working and I get to create something everyday.” He says that you really have to keep pushing yourself to keep going, build yourself up, and take up space to let people know you are here to stay. And as a self-proclaimed badass, his advice aligns with his strength, resilience, and fight for inclusion and advocacy.
Zane Hubbard works hard to be different and create content that inspires and resonates with his audience. His advocacy is making a different one project at a time. This is the time to represent, stand up for each other, and be better, and Zane’s influence is helping people live their dreams and take up their space for their future.