Zak Kareem - Director

Southfield, Michigan


About Me

Born in Detroit but raised in Flint, Michigan, Zak discovered his love for film and the arts at a very early age. An avid film fan and young stage actor, Zak begin honing his skills at the young age of 5 and he didn't even know it. Performing at various places throughout Detroit until moving to flint and enrolling in the nationally ranked Flint Central Theatre magnet program it is here were Zak begin learning how to build sets, light them and direct the actors who graced the stage from the legendary Theatre director Martin Jennings. It wasn't until he earned a football scholarship to Central Michigan University that Zak began his journey to becoming a director. While earning his degree in Film Studies Zak linked up with Detroit bad ASS, Director Anthony Garth and began developing his talent by working with Anthony as his Assistant Director. Under the BRILLIANT eye of Anthony, Zak began directing and producing his own music videos while still working with other top directors in Commercials, Film and Television learning all he could trying to find his own unique directing style.

Zak eventually started to catch notice and began writing, producing, and directing commercials for Ford Motor Company. 14 years later Zak is now an accomplished director winning awards for his music video work, documentary work and his short films (Swing Low, IFF).

I have been in the industry since 2004.

Ford Cultural Collab
Added on 2/4/2016

Ford Cultural Collab with 6 of the hottest artists in 3 cities to come together for Ford.


Director/Producer – Ford "We are All Champions" SUV

March, 2016 — April, 2016
Commercial – UWG/Ford Motor Company

Director/Producer – Ford by Design "Cultural Collab Series"

September, 2015 — November, 2015
Commercial – UWG/Ford Motor Company

Director/Producer – We are All All-Stars: Tawanda Jones Explorer

March, 2016 — April, 2016
Commercial – UWG/Ford

Director/Producer – We are All Coaches: Tony Gaskins Explorer

March, 2016 — April, 2016
Commercial – UWG/Ford

Director/Producer – We are All Teammates: Mc Bride Sisters

March, 2016 — April, 2016
Commercial – UWG/Ford

Production Coordinator – B.O.b feat. Nicki Minaj "Outta My Mind"

July, 2012 — July, 2012
Music Video – London Alley

Production Coordinator/1st AD – Big Sean "Guap"

November, 2012 — November, 2012
Music Video – GOOD/Def Jam

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