We had the good fortune of connecting with Zach Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Zach, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Throughout my childhood, all I ever wanted to do was create. Whether it was building a fort with my friends, drawing, filming for a school project, writing stories, or creating a silly dance to perform in front of my family, I was always tapping into my creativity. Being creative provides an excitement and unpredictability in my life that I allowed myself to lose for 15 years while working in the restaurant industry. Like many other creatives, I pursued a safe career rather than take a risk by pursuing my passion. However, I finally realized I was stifling my true nature and decided that I needed a change of scenery. After moving to St. Petersburg, I went back to school to jumpstart my personal creative process and met many other creatives along the way who inspired me to keep going. All I have ever wanted to do is create films and be in a space filled with creativity and artistic value, so I decided to start this business. I had been doing freelance work, but I knew I wanted to create on a bigger scale with a group of talented creatives. That is what led to the creation of Coastal Creative. All that being said, I guess the real answer to this question is that there is no other career for me. There is no other way to be in this world than to be creative.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Coastal Creative provides a broad media kit that includes videography, photography, graphics, social media management, and brand building. We also possess an in-house podcast studio for anyone interested in starting their own podcast! We pride ourselves on our creative space which is really what sets us apart. Not only do we produce various modes of media for our customers, we also utilize our large warehouse studio to host local events and give local artists the opportunity to showcase their talents. I can’t say that starting a business is at all easy, especially given the very fast-paced evolution of Coastal. We have grown very quickly and are still doing so. Every day is a challenge to overcome and that is what makes this business so interesting. The most important thing that I would like to convey to the world regarding Coastal Creative is what we represent, and that is a group of creatives pursuing their passions and providing other creatives with a safe space. I would love for Coastal to be an inspiration for other artists to just go for it!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
What a question. St. Petersburg has so much to offer and no shortage of amazing food and attractions. I would definitely take my friend to the Dali Museum, a walk by the bay at Vinoy Park, Beach Drive and Central Ave. We would also check out Hawkers, Noble Crust, Wild Child, and Lolita’s Market for dinner. I also wouldn’t be able to deprive my friend of Valhalla Bakery, Plant Love Ice Cream, Black Crow, and Karma Juice Bar. We would also catch a movie at Green Light Cinema and a comedy show at Spitfire Comedy House.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Throughout my life, no matter my goals, dreams, or passions, my family has always supported me. They have been there through it all, and we have definitely been through a lot together. I also would have to give a big shout out to Peter McKinnon for providing me with endless YouTube videos on how to be a better videographer. I learned pretty much everything I know from watching his videos, day and night. In addition, I would be remiss if I did not give a huge thanks to my good friend, Derek, also known as Heavy D. He has been the best of friends to me and has been an unwavering support throughout this process.
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