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By Nell MackenzieBusiness reporter, BBC News
- 7 September 2020
The BBC’s weekly The Boss series profiles different business leaders from around the world. This week we speak to Laura Johnson and Zoe Proctor, founders of Zebedee Management, a talent agency that represents models and actors with physical and learning disabilities.
Zoe Proctor and Laura Johnson were walking along a beach when they came up with their business idea.
Laura, who is the partner of Zoe’s brother, recalls how she was visiting her sister-in-law in 2017 during her maternity leave from her job as a social worker.
“We were having a chat and putting the world to rights, talking about the lack of representation of disabled people in the media,” she says.
Zoe, a model-turned-performing arts teacher for disabled adults, was saying that while her students “were so talented and keen”, they faced limited opportunity. The women wondered how, without a talent agency, Zoe’s students and other disabled people, would ever get acting or modelling work. So they decided to set one up themselves.
“It sounds cheesy, but it was like a light bulb moment,” says Laura.ADVERTISEMENT