Mountain has edited music videos for many top artists, including Gryffin and Tinashe’s song “Scandalous,” The Kid Laroi’s “Love Again” and Demi Lovato’s “Swine,” for which she was nominated for an MTV VMA. She particularly resonated with “Swine,” due to its being centered around abortion rights and featuring queer and trans people. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community herself, “Mountain was thrilled to share her talents on a project with such an important message,” Nomad said in a release.
Mountain also worked on Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year shoot, featuring inauguration poet Amanda Gorman, as well as campaigns for the likes of Calirosa Tequila.
Zanotti brought Mountain to Nomad, saying “from the moment I met her, there was something undeniably infectious about Zoë and I knew I wanted her to be part of the team. There’s something so electric and compelling in her work, and I look forward to being a part of her flourishing career.”
Prior to joining Nomad, Mountain was working as a freelancer. She’s a self-taught editor and cinematographer. Prior to that, she spent years as a dancer, but the wear and tear on her body encouraged her to look for a new career.
“Freelancing forced me to be mindful of the balance between my hustle and my purpose. Starting with no experience and no connections, I leaned on my community to get my first opportunities. The first half of those eight years were spent working with other dancers, artists, queer folks, friends and family,” Mountain said.
From working on music videos, editorial and commercials, Mountain finds there is a lot of overlap.
“With each of these categories of video, you get a different brand of problem solving to deal with,” Mountain said, “so I really enjoy having a little bit of everything on my plate. The most noticeable difference is often in the bigger scheme of the production, and how the whole machine is functioning. I like having access to all these different worlds and the people that keep them running.”
The opportunity to sign with Nomad was a long time coming, she continues.
“On my drive home after my first meeting with Nomad, I went to put a podcast on. The first suggested podcast was an episode of Once Upon a Timeline called ‘Freelance vs. In-House Editing.’ It felt very appropriate, so I pressed play. A few minutes in, at the exact moment they mentioned working for a post-production company, I passed an RV with bold beautiful script reading ‘Nomad.’
“Good omens aside, I’ve wanted to shift toward commercial work for the last year. Once I met the team at Nomad and got a feeling for how they treat their team, it was an easy decision to make.”
“We are super happy to have Zoë as a new addition to the Nomad family,” said Nomad Editor and Partner Conor O’Neill. “Zoë is a great editor, with a natural feel for storytelling and an excellent visual sensibility. She truly loves the craft of editing, and is excited to further hone her skills and expand her repertoire here with us at Nomad.”