Equal Treatment & True Equality
C Talent Represents High Profile d/Deaf and Disabled Artists and Athletes Globally.
We believe we must place talent in all roles, campaigns and projects not just the ones that specify they want disability.
C Talent is proud to represent artists such as CJ Jones – who has worked on films such as “Baby Driver” (2017) and the “Avatar” franchise, TikTok Influencer Anastasia Pagonis – who is a record-breaking Paralympic swimmer on Team USA, Marsha Elle – who was a Playboy cover model, Drag Syndrome the world’s first drag troop featuring drag Queens and Kings with Down Syndrome – who has worked with Vogue, RuPaul’s DragCon, and the Royal Opera House. In addition, Danny Murphy – who starred in “The Parts You Lose” (2019) alongside “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul, Tatiana Lee – who has modeled for brands such as Apple, Target, and Zappos, Imani Barbarin – otherwise known as ‘Crutches and Spice’… And many more!
C Talent also provides Access, Disability and Inclusion Consulting for the entertainment industry and Fortune 500 companies. The consulting team is made up of intersectional diverse specialists in access, disability, and the industry bringing lived experience to the table. The work is structured around the four access pillars based on the social model of disability; cognitive, communication, sensory, and physical. C Talent has consulted for The LEGO Group, Virgin Media, Adam&Eve DDB, The National Lottery, International Paralympic Committee, NBC, and more.
To help advance the representation of disabled talent at all stages of production, C Talent has a database of d/Deaf and Disabled talent who work below-the-line such as production coordinators, runners, cinematographers, gaffers, etc.
C Talent was awarded as a Red Backpack Fund Recipient, from Spanx by The Sara Blakely Foundation. Keely has also been named one of Aerie’s Change-makers of 2020 which gained C Talent corporate sponsorship from American Eagle Outfitters.
Meet our founder & CEO
Keely Cat-Wells is an Entrepreneur and Disability Activist dedicated to making social, systematic, and economic change. Keely is a Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe Entertainment 2021 honoree, an Aerie Change-Maker, Advisory Board Member at Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, has been named by the Los Angeles Lakers as a Comerica Bank Woman of Entrepreneurship Awardee, and has been a Disability Subject Matter Expert at Google and The Lego Group. Keely is also the CEO and Founder of C Talent and Zetta Studios.
Keely founded her first company at a young age during her time in hospital, which developed into C Talent. C Talent represents Deaf and Disabled artists, athletes and influencers globally with the goal of normalizing disabled people being experts in subjects beyond disability. C Talent also provides disability and accessibility consulting for the entertainment industry and Fortune 500 companies. After noticing the lack of access in the entertainment industry, Keely formed Zetta Studios which is set to be the world’s first-ever studio to be a fully accessible, designed with disabled people in mind.
Under the banner of C Talent, Keely has spoken as a Disability Subject Matter Expert for companies and organizations including the United Nations, Google, UCLA, The Portland Film Festival, Comcast NBCUniversal Xfinity, India National Ability Summit, Toronto International Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, Virgin Media’s Ultraviolet event among others. C Talent’s consulting clients include Virgin Media, Adam&EveDDB, The National Lottery, the International Paralympic Committee, NBC, LEGO, and more.
Keely is also working with Sara Hart Weir to eliminate section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act, an 80+ year old discriminatory statue that provides the foundation of a system that permits employers of disabled workers to file for certificates that allows them to pay disabled employees subminimum wage – even to this date. We believe there is no right or left with disability, only forward.
The story behind C Talent
C Talent was born out of the hardest experiences of my life. When I was admitted to the hospital for what must have been somewhere near the hundredths time, I was depressed and felt like I had no purpose. Before I fell sick I was training to be a dancer and without the ability to dance I felt as though everything had been taken away from me.
That stay in hospital was different from the times previous, someone told me ‘if in doubt, give’, so I started an intern job at a Talent Agency, I started representing my friends who were still dancing and I was giving them the opportunities I was craving, it gave me an insight into what it was like to be apart of something larger than me. I was tired of yo-yoing from hospital to the office and back, so started my own talent agency…
When I was discharged I had PTSD and was living in a new body after many operations. I felt the need to get out of the UK, so I went to Los Angeles for a couple of weeks in the sun, I fell in love with the city and worked hard to obtain my visa for the next year.
I noticed the dire lack of representation of people with disabilities in the entertainment industry and I lost a job because of my disability, so I turned what I had learned placing my friends in job opportunities into a fully-fledged business which is now called C Talent. C Talent solely represents high profile d/Deaf and Disabled artists and athletes with the goal of breaking stereotypes and normalizing people with disabled being experts in things beyond disability. We also provide Disability and Accessibility Consulting for major companies such as Virgin Media, NBC, Adam&Eve DDB, and more.
At C Talent we believe to change society we have to learn to tell and listen to a new set of stories about the work we want to create, with authentic voices and accessible workspaces.
C talent Advisors
Sinéad Burke is a teacher, writer, broadcaster, fashion-admirer and advocate for disability and design. Sinéad Burke has given a TED Talk, has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos and according to the Business of Fashion, is a leader in the Age of Influence. She’s the kind of person who walks up to the editor-in-chief of British ‘Vogue’ and introduces herself — and eventually lands herself a ‘Vogue’ cover as a result… (Literally!)
Hardeep Rai is the Founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope Investments, wh0 help entrepreneurs with disabilities to realise their dream of running and growing their own business Ki provides on-going help, expertise and investment throughout the duration of the business life-cycle, nurturing and encouraging ideas, in order to best achieve lasting commercial success. Hardeep has spent 25 years in the Financial Services industry: 15 years in Hedge Fund and the last 10 years as an entrepreneur, investor and business growth specialist.
Paul Zetter CBE was honoured by the Queen as A Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), Paul Zetter CBE fought in the tanks and used mores-coding during world war II, then ran one of the most famous football pool business’s in the world, ‘Zetter’s Pools’. Paul was the chairman of the ‘Sports Aid Foundation’, which has since helped thousands of young sportspeople on their way to international success.