Multi-award-winning entrepreneur, Zoe Jackson MBE, set up the Living the Dream Performing Arts Company at the age of 16 in 2006 to inspire young people and to subsidise her own performing arts education.
Over the last nine years, Living the Dream has grown to include a school of performing arts, a professional dance company, a talent agency and a charity, the Dream Foundation.
Zoe is passionate about championing young talent, creating access to the arts, entertaining audiences and inspiring young people to live their dreams.
In June 2015, Zoe was honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List with an award of the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to young entrepreneurs and the performing arts. This year Zoe also received the first ‘Queen’s Young Leaders Award’ recognising 60 young people across the Commonwealth who are making a difference in their communities.
Zoe has received numerous other awards including the Women of the Future in the Arts, Media and Culture award with Shell, was listed in Elle Magazine’s “Top 100 Inspiring Women” alongside Michelle Obama and Beyoncé and she recently won the Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the Year with the Great British Entrepreneurs.
Sir Richard Branson has given Zoe his support and endorsement after she worked with him and Virgin to campaign for the Government’s Start Up Loans scheme.
Living the Dream’s dance company have performed for Her Majesty The Queen and clients include Vodafone, British Airways, Virgin, John Lewis, ITV and Pret a Manger.