Who is Zero Dean?

Zero Dean is a humorist, writer, photographer, and artist. But not necessarily in that order.

And although the jury’s still out on whether he’s actually good at any of these things, one thing is certain, he’s excellent at writing in the 3rd person.

Whoops. Sorry. *coff* This is supposed to be a serious page.

Zero strives to live and lead by example while using real-life experience as a foundation for learning and sharing life’s lessons.

Integrity, individuality, fear management, personal strength, kindness, positivity, and pushing beyond one’s comfort zone as a means for personal growth are recurring themes on the serious side of his work — while weird thoughts, awkward moments, zombies, time travel, and dinosaurs are recurring themes on the other (and if they’re not, they should be).

Professionally speaking

Formerly a 2D/3D computer graphics artist, Zero created 3D architecture for Rise of Nations (art examples) at Big Huge Games (2001-2004) and Red Dead Redemption (art examples) at Rockstar Games (2007-2009).

Zero’s departure from the games industry is documented in the ZDXP Backstory.

In 2004 jumped into full-time professional photography, working in the Maryland & Washington DC area before relocating to southern California in 2005 to provide portraits & portfolios for models, actors, and entertainers (2004-2007).

In 2010, he turned his focus from portraits to landscape and nature photography.

(See also: Vimeo or Photo Gallery @ ZeroDean.Photography)

The leap of faith

In 2010, after quitting his job, terminating his lease, and selling (or donating) everything that wouldn’t fit in his 4Runner, Zero adopted the life of a minimalist – whilst also embarking on a nationwide tour of the United States — with a twist

Zero became the protagonist in a real-life choose-your-own adventure.

Simply put, he let people tell him where to go, what to do, and who to meet. This adventure became known at the ZDXP and garnered Zero some press as well as a few television appearances.

ZDXP was conceived by Zero as a way to intentionally push him beyond his comfort zone, while also allowing him to pursue a handful of things he is most passionate about:

Chance encounters

Zero’s extensive adventure led him from coast to coast and featured meetings with celebrities such as Jamie Hyneman of Mythbusters (photo), Mark Zuckerberg (photo) (founder of Facebook), Ethan Nicolle (creator of Axe Cop), Doug TenNapel (creator of Earthworm Jim), and Jeff Evans (Expedition Impossible).

Zero’s ongoing story has been compared to Into the Wild (without Alaska) and sometimes referred to as “the male version of Eat, Pray, Love“.

The blog

The beginning of Zero’s adventure in May 2010 also marked the official start of his blog.

Zero Dean Ten Stupid Things Men Do to Mess Up Their Lives

Current status

Despite receiving invitations from around the globe, Zero’s travels are currently on hiatus.

In the meantime, Zero continues to use his platform to post photography and write about his daily experiences as well as share wisdom, spread sunshine, and inspire & motivate people to truly live life and push to improve themselves — and, by doing so, help make a positive difference in the lives of those around them.

What do you desire? – Alan Watts

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