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Meet The Woman Behind Zuhoo

I can remember it like it was yesterday…

 

It was late March 2020, and I was on a walk with my husband in our favorite neighborhood park. I said to him, “Maybe we should think about doing a virtual Santa experience? ”Within a few days, we were getting organized, whiteboarding our vision, raising money, writing our own check (scary), and building a team. And all from home as the pandemic was shutting down the world.

 

Launching a startup is hard. I didn’t really know what I was in for. My husband comes from the business world, but me, I’m a creative from the world of acting, writing, and producing. Talk about a struggle, I’ve had my share of roles and been involved in many productions over the years (I even played lead in a comedy that scored a spot at the Tribeca film festival in 2019) but I just never found that breakthrough role. I think you must be a little crazy to pursue a life in the arts! The consistent rejection, self-doubt, and endless questions from the people you know who all have good intentions but stop asking me…I’ll let you know when I land a role!

 

When you’re trying to “make it” you take the gigs you can get. Enter Spanx. I was a model for Spanx (hey, it paid the bills) and I had the distinct uncomfortable pleasure of walking around in my underpants for Sara Blakely and her team while they measured, tugged at fabrics, and took notes as they worked on improving their products. It was always inspiring to go to work there. Their whole team is so passionate, and I always left feeling like I could do anything! I just didn’t know what.

 

I never thought of myself as an entrepreneur, let alone someone who would co-found a tech startup. But creativity is my life blood and I really love being part of something that’s doing some good in the world. I’ve had the best time casting Santa & Mrs. Claus performers, producing videos for our pre-show, and developing a cast of elf characters that run North Pole TV and watching them come alive with our amazing animators.

 

I don’t have children of my own, but all my childhood best friends have younger kids who are in the full Santa belief years. One of my favorite things to do is host our Book Club once a month. It’s my gift to my mommy friends so that they can have a night off to relax and have some adult conversations. It’s fun for them and means the world to me. I even started a new book club with all the ladies who work at Zuhoo. Confessions of a book nerd!

 

My husband and I like to say that our dog (Huxley) and Zuhoo are our babies. He has two daughters from a prior marriage that I love so much! I’m a super proud Stepmom. I’m really blessed to have a very special relationship with them. We’ve even taken the whole fam (including his ex-wife and her significant other) on a vacation to Disney World where we all shared a house together. And it was a true blast! I love our modern family.

 

I’m proud to say that women play important roles here at Zuhoo. Our lady leaders oversee Creative, Talent, Marketing, and Customer Support. We believe we’re doing something special here. The world’s a messy place, but we are in the business of happiness, connections, and memories. When I see the videos of kids around the world on Zuhoo having the sweetest conversations with Santa and Mrs. Claus, it makes me cry. Every. Single. Time.

 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

 

Sarah Blackman

Co-Founder &Chief Creative Officer