On one hand, some people grow up with a primary aim to get top-quality education from the best institutes of the world. On the other hand, there are people who are meant to achieve greatness but do not possess a temperament to excel academically. These individuals often drop out of their college and begin working towards their life goals and dreams. It is this group of people that are often labeled as ‘aimless’ or ‘trouble-makers.’
It is crucial for the world to understand that each and every person in this world is born for a unique purpose. Every person possesses a diverse set of personality traits that help them complete their purpose of life. These people are not aimless; instead, these are the ones who do not want educational institutes to restrict their capabilities.
People would not be using Apple gadgets if Steve Jobs had not dropped out of Reed College. The world would not have known what Windows were if Bill Gates had not dropped out of Harvard University. It would have taken ages for the world to revolutionize social media the way Mark Zuckerberg did with Facebook, he too is a Harvard dropout.
It is simple; education is not always the factor when it comes to succeeding in life. Alan Zadeh, Vice President of Creative & Business Development of SAL&CO and film producer, is also a college drop out. The Iranian Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner is on his way to becoming an example for the world that college education is not always the key to success. The real factors here are determination and passion. An individual who is passionate about achieving his dream and determined not to give up has better chances to succeed in life.
Passion for Learning, Determination to Grow
Alan Zadeh, who was born on July 1, 1983, in Sanandaj, Iran, was always passionate about learning. However, his urge to learn and grow surpassed what he was taught in school. In 1992 his family relocated to Canada, but his eagerness to learn did not go anywhere. Since his childhood, he was interested in exploring the world on his own.
The young Alan developed a fondness for the creative world. After exploring the designing and creative world, he developed a fondness for digital design. Alan started playing around with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator until he finally became a pro in it. Creating graphics and developing websites, he was doing all this when he was just 12 years old.
To complete his high school education, Alan entered J.S. Woodsworth in Ottawa. Even during his school years, he was more interested in learning additional stuff than what was being taught at school. While completing his education, passionate Alan developed an interest in Martial Arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He finally graduated from high school in 2002.
It was time for him to attend college. He was confused about pursuing further education but then decided to join Carleton University in 2003. However, despite his efforts, he could not keep up with his education and his multiple passions, including designing, Judo, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He decided to drop out of college.
Pursuing Multiple Passions
In 2005 Alan received a black belt in Judo under the tutelage of 3x Olympian and Canadian Judo hero Phil Takahashi. He further continued training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under former UFC fighter and World Champion Waggney Fabiano. After dropping out of college, he was determined to do something of his own. He wanted to build a name for himself in the world.
In 2007, he joined Corel Software as a senior web developer. Even though he liked this field, he wanted to establish a career in the creative field, as he was fond of designing and creativity. Alan started working on launching his clothing line. In 2008, after spending time and effort on building his concept, he launched ParisPolice Clothing. It helped him groom his designing skills. Alan worked on his brand for two years and finally sold his clothing line in 2010.
During this time, Alan was also working with CP Music Group as a freelance designer. In 2008, he was hired as a designer & marketing manager. It brought him closer to his dream, which was to become a prominent entity in the world creativity, designing, and branding.
Stepping into Film Production
After selling his clothing line, he acquired designing and branding skills at the CP Music Group. During his time at this music company, he created impressive visual pieces for the clients. It was something he was passionate about since his childhood. He was also working to establish his branding company, CRĒTV. Alan and his team worked with various companies, including Ole – Majorly Indie, one of the top Music Publishing companies in the world. At the time, he worked on multiple musical acts and developed a brand for clients.
He then met Russell Majik and started working on the concept of a production company with its focus on music videos, short films, and ads. Alan equipped himself with the necessary skills needed to succeed in this industry. In 2014, he laid the foundations of his film production company with Russell Majik. The company was named Majik Films. Alan worked with Russel for five years, during which he produced more than 40 films. The highlights of his film production career include Belly, French Montana, Massari, Ali Gatie, and Beenie Man.
A Look at the Present
Alan Zadeh, a man with multiple passions, is currently the Vice President of Creative & Business Development at SAL&CO. He managed the creative department and handles more than 45 roster/ clients. As a child, he dreamt of establishing a successful career in the creative field, and he worked tirelessly to achieve those goals. Alan, a college dropout, was successful in making his dream a reality, serving as an example for the world.