The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Ken Zane

There are some truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.


Meeting Mr. Ken Zane is one of the most prized gifts I have received in being a professional photographer. We have held this post for months waiting for the right time for him to get settled into his new career at Leo Burnett in Chicago. We were very sad to see him move on from Philadelphia, but in my heart I knew he would be a happier man back in Chicago.

I met Ken almost 6 years ago. He had just started at Digitas Health in Philly and we hit it off right away. We share many similar loves. The big three would be wonderful people, a well made drink, and deep appreciation for well crafted art.

Ken, thank you for sharing your time with us while you were in Philadelphia. We all can’t wait to hit the town with you soon in Chicago. Cheers!

1. Name one actor you’d like to portray you in a movie about your life?

Liev Schreiber

2. What is your preferred vehicle or mode of transportation?

Airplane, (with the exception of going through security lines). I find travelling on an airplane to be the one time to be without cell phone or email access so and you can’t be on “call” and are forced to relax. I have truly learned to appreciate that quiet time.

3. What is your favorite beverage for creative inspiration?

In the AM a smoothie made with Kale, spinach, avocado and blueberries, If it’s evening then a Belvedere Martini with a twist

4. Name your all time favorite band, singer, or album?

AMERICA- I can listen to “Ventura Highway” over and over again!

5. Name one place in the world that you’ve been and can’t wait to return to and why?

Hmmm Chicago, but I already returned here 🙂 so I would have to say Paris- It is one of the most inspirational cities I have ever been to!

6. What is favorite shoot you’ve worked on?

I can’t really pick one,as I find wonderful things and memorable experiences on most productions I have worked on. I have had the opportunity to work with incredible people ranging from Photographers, Stylists, Models, Producers, Creative Directors and Clients. One shoot that was very memorable  was my first car shoot, I had never worked on one before so I was a bit overwhelmed, it was a great challenge. We created a highway on a Tarmac in Los Angeles, I was blown away watching the photographer shoot from a crane 175 feet up in the air. We had stunt drivers and an incredible crew, the production was flawless. On the last day of production,  the photographer had himself strapped to the underside of a car in motion, to shoot a moving vehicle next to him, lots of adrenaline going there.

7. What is your philosophy on creating?

I think you have to trust your intuition to create. Don’t think, just do it. Read the book “Blink” it all happens in a moment.

8. Describe a defining moment in your career that has led you to where you are today?

I think all roads and experiences bring you to where you are, my background in Art and Photography genuinely contributed to where I am today, but if there was a moment I would say it was when I met Andrea Kaye at McCann Erickson, at that point I knew I wanted to be an Art Producer

9. Name one person you wish you could have a drink with and why?

That’s a tough question because there are so many people I would want to do that with. I would probably have to say my Father because there were many things I wish we had discussed before he passed away a few years ago.

10. If the world is ending in 2013, how will you change your life plan?

I would spend much more time with my family and friends. And I have to admit, since you posed this question to me in the early fall I have made the effort 🙂

Any questions for Ken? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or @crismanphoto and/crismanphoto!

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