YBB013: Maayan Ziv – How to Share Your Mission in the Media

Gwen Elliot, December 3, 2015

When was the last time you saw a person with a disability featured in mainstream media talking about their business or life?

When I interviewed Maayan Ziv, an activist, photographer and founder of AccessNow, I realized I could barely think of an answer to the question.

Maayan Ziv is on a mission to change this. As a photographer, activist and founder of AccessNow, she is on a mission to make the world more accessible and she’s breaking through in mainstream media to share her story. 


Question: 2:27 – What is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal?

Question: 3:53 – Tell us about the show you worked on?

Question: 5:43 – Can you share a little bit about yourself, what it is that you do and how you got started?

Quote: 8:39 –  “If I’m not faced with some kind of challenge eventually I go out and seek one.”

Question: 10:38 – Could you share why you’re in a wheelchair and the challenges you’re facing?

Question: 12:23 – How can we help make things more accessible?

Question: 14:15 – When you first launched AccessNow what was the first media interview that you did?

Question: 17:29 – Did you find getting interviewed help you at that time or was it too much too soon?

Question: 18:46 – What did you do in that time to get yourself mentally prepared?

Quote: 19:46 – “[…] Everything happened so fast that I just relied on my personal experience, my passion for the project and knowing that this is something I wanted people to know about […]”

Question: 20:23 – What was your reaction to actually seeing yourself talking about something you’re so passionate about?

Question: 22:07 – When did you really start to own that you are the voice, you are the one to bring the message to the masses?

Question: 25:48 – What do you say to people who ask how you are doing this?

Question: 28:58 – What are your thoughts on how the media is representing what you like  to talk about in your mission and what could media people do to help create a more positive perception?

Question: 33:06 – Who are some of these people who just really helped you in some of those more challenging and darker moments?

Question: 35:04 – What is your best tip for killer confidence?

Question: 37:00 – What is your dream media interview?

Question: 38:24 – What is your best tip to combat the imposter complex?

Question: 40:26 – What is one book that has changed your life?

Question: 41:47 – What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Question: 45:07 – Where can people go to connect with you?


Website: http://accessnow.ca/ , http://maayanziv.com/# ,

Twitter: https://twitter.com/accessnowapp , https://twitter.com/maayanziv

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaayanZivPhotography/

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/maayanziv

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maayanziv_/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mzivphoto

Luke Anderson – Stop Gap: http://stopgap.ca/about-us/

Book Recommendation: Wherever You Go, There You Are – http://www.amazon.ca/Wherever-You-There-Are-Mindfulness/dp/1401307787

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Also, if you want to help Maayan share her story on the Ellen show, write in here!

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