Colleen Aylward

Cues and Views

Media and entertainment executive, entrepreneur, Colleen Aylward, in brief.

November 29, 2021
3 minutes
Colleen Aylward
Business leader, strategist, innovator, creative collaborator, producer, humanitarian, global citizen.

Home: New York City and Los Angeles.  Age: Do I have to?  Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois.  Profession: Storyteller, brand builder, producer, entrepreneur, "new creator' economy player.  Organization: Zuzu Entertainment Capital, LLC.  Title: Founder and CEO.  Preferred pronouns: She/Her.  Significant other: Working on it.  Alma mater: Indiana University, Georgetown University.  Languages spoken: English and French.

Current project(s): Building a storytelling platform that builds brands in a new creator economy; finishing a children’s novel about a special girl and her best friend, a magical  elephant; finding a strategic and licensing partner for my athleisure apparel utility patent, a pocket system for the hands-free, active working woman.  Finding  a really good guy / life partner.  Recent recognition: $2 million capital raise.  And, completed a 30 day streak on the Calm meditation app.  Latest accomplishment: Developed and sold a global TV show, led by a former showrunner of Criminal Minds.  Latest contribution to others: Helping my brother, Michael, who suffers from a severe neurological condition (whenever I can).  Hobbies: Swimming, biking, running and yoga; reading or listening to a great book; plays and musicals, live music and comedy, art, travel and discovering a new city.  Recent travel or adventure: Climbing to the top of Latigo or Mulholland Drive (clearly, not a travel feat, thought my legs would say otherwise).  Last book read: The Midnight Library, by Matt Haig.  Recently viewed and recommended: Broadway is back.  It’s magical.  Go!  Recent unique acquisition: Knowledge about the NFT marketplace.

Personality profile: A high-energy networker and arranger who thrives with people, yet really cherishes time to think.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Loyal.  Moral compass: Due North, always.  The question asked: “is it the right thing to do?" even when it hurts or is the harder path. I'm always relieved about it later.  How do you define a perfect friendship? Easy and selfless.  Someone who really shows up.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Everyone gives as much as I do and works to the strength of their superpower.  What is your greatest joy? Laughing a lot with dear friends or family.  And probably, dancing.  What is your greatest fear? Variants of COVID that surpass the vaccination; maybe, sharks.  What natural talent have you neglected? Boundless positivity.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Medicine, law; public service.  What is at the top of your bucket list? Bali.  The Maldives.  The Great Wall of China and Shanghai.  Syndey.  Cophenhagen.  Berlin (should I keep going?).  How do you relieve stress? Exercise.  Meditation.  Ted Lasso.  What is your go-to workout? I’m a on and off triathlete, but am loving weights and SLT lately (maybe less really is more).

What three emojis best describe you? 😀❤️🙏.

What book have you repeatedly read? The Little Prince, by Antoine Saint Exubery.  What movie(s) have you repeatedly watched? Notting Hill.  Love Actually.  Bridget Jones.  About Time.  Pretty much any Richard Curtis film.  Who has had the greatest influence onyour life? My mom, Susan.  What is the best advice you received growing up? Treat others as you want to be treated, even when they’re jerks (maybe they’re in a bad place).  And, speak up for yourself, especially when it matters.  What is the best advice you received in your career? Show up for people.  Be early.  Work harder than everybody else. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? Maps and Navigation.  Life-changing.  What is your favorite app? Audible.  What is your go-to source of news and information? The New York Times, NPR, CNBC and, when in doubt, Rachel Maddow.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? 9/11. What company or organization do you most admire? The United Nations.

What is your big idea? A smarter way for entrepreneurial storytelling to make money.  What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? Creating a home for premium talent and brands to operate and build businesses in the new entertainment world.  What change would you like to see in the world? Altruism.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Be good.  And, when in doubt, be better.  What widely held belief do you reject? That TuPac is still alive.  What mega-trend most excites you? Stem cell research and advancements in  neuroscience.  What mega-trend most concerns you? Social media side effects.

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Keep On Moving.  What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Robin Wright.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in Heaven? Walter Payton.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? Wonder Woman.  What object would you save first from your burning home? Photographs.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? Having a lot of fun with people meaningful to me.  What advice would you give your younger self? Have more fun.  What day in your life would you like to re-live? My Ironman.  It was a mess.  What period in your life would you do differently if you could? Maybe now.  I’m spending time asking myself: how can I live with purpose and  intention – not compromise on my dreams to please others.  Be compassionate to myself.  Live my best life.

Personal mission: Be my best self, every day.  Personal motto: Take the higher ground.  Even when it’s hard.  Favorite quote: "Anything is possible."  And, "But first, coffee."  Desired epitaph: Believer.

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