La La Land

February 14, 2017

Well folks, it happened. I moved to Los Angeles a week ago. The actual move happened rather suddenly, however, moving to the west coast had been on my heart for about a year. I wasn’t fully convinced that I should make the change, but around Thanksgiving, things started falling into place and here I am! This…

Developmental readings

July 20, 2016

Zakiya has spent the last few weeks working on some exciting new projects. The first project was a reading for a new musical called “Remission”.  The musical had three public readings as part of the NYMF Developmental Reading Series.  An incredible creative team of all women included Rebekah M. Allen, composer, book writer and lyricist,  director…

Photo shoot

June 9, 2016

Zakiya recently spent the day shooting an ad campaign for a company with national success.  This is her first professional job as a print model and she secured the job through Actors Access.  Zakiya is a firm believer in actively pursuing opportunities on her own, as well as through her fantastic management team.  This self…

Zakiya hits the silver screen

June 9, 2016

Yup! You read that correctly – Zakiya accomplished a new goal in 2016 – she shot her first scene in a film.  This is a year of exciting on camera opportunities.  She was thrilled to be cast in the upcoming independent film “Sidney Hall”.  You can read more about the project here – http://variety.com/2016/film/news/logan-lerman-elle-fanning-shawn-christensen-sidney-hall-1201576788/ . Zakiya also…

Zakiya Young – audiobook narrator

December 8, 2015

Zakiya has added a new and challenging credit to her resume – audiobook narrator.  An avid reader herself,  she is excited to inhabit characters and bring life to words on the page for listeners around the world.  Her first recording, a novel called “Cooking the Books” by Bonnie S. Calhoun is now available at amazon.com.…

Disgraced at Berkeley Rep and Seattle Rep

December 8, 2015

Zakiya continues to portray powerhouse lawyer Jory in the Pulitzer Prize winning drama “Disgraced” by Ayad Akhtar. Directed by Kimberly Senior, who also directed the Off-Broadway and Broadway runs of this play, “Disgraced” opened a successful run at The Goodman Theater in Chicago on September 21, 2015 which was extended due to popular demand.  The…

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