The founder of ZIF, Jake is the main voice behind the eclectic hip hop blog that boasts a respected following of the industry relevant and is a trusted source of original content for numerous well established online publications. He is a photographer and videographer with a strong team of audio, visual and design professionals in his network. His experience producing music videos, interviews and photo shoots gives him an understanding of what it takes to see a project from conception to completion. Jake has helped shed light on many up and coming stars in hip hop before they were getting mainstream coverage, providing the world with some of the first interviews with tomorrow’s stars before they have a fan base. His experience and network span the globe, creating an international vision and scope for his client’s projects and collaborations. Jake’s creative energy and global experience make him a respected industry trendsetter and hip-hop tastemaker.
Timeka is a chameleon – a lion wearing zebra stripes. A seasoned writer, Timeka joins the ZIF team fresh from a corporate writing job where she learned invaluable new SEM techniques, particularly in the realm of SEO and video SEO. She is the National Director of Art Feeds Us, a group of social activists comprised of the Artists affiliated with the Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign. She was the head of Media for the Philly Sheriff campaign of Green Party Vice Presidential Candidate (2012) Cheri Honkala.
In the entertainment industry, Timeka has experienced success as a commercial actress and model. She has been featured in numerous print and television ad campaigns for nationally recognized brands including GAP, Target, Wells Fargo, Toyota, Sketchers, Hampton Inn and others. As a Los Angeles underground figurehead she co-founded the weekly open mic Natural High while also hosting/coordinating monthly music nights at the House of Blues on the Sunset strip and weekly underground parties at the famous Hollywood Canteen.
Timeka combines her skills and experience in modeling, writing, event production, marketing and public relations as a partner in ZIF. Her involvement with the LA underground, synergy with national activist organizations, experience in the realm of politics and understanding of how the entertainment industry works coupled with her network of Artists and media contacts makes her an invaluable resource.