C Talent represents high profile Deaf & Disabled talent. C Talent also provides executive Disability & Accessibility consulting.
C Talent is an award-winning company, founded by Keely Cat-Wells. Awards include: The Diana Award, corporate sponsorship from American Eagle Outfitters, Forbes 30 Under 30 in Entertainment, The Red-backpack Grant from The Sara Blakey Foundation, The Comerica Bank Award, and in 2021 C Talent was commissioned by Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity to create content for LIONS Decoded, a one-day broadcast of live and on demand content and insights, deconstructing the highest-ranked creative work in the world. Featuring behind the scenes interviews with world-leading creators.
C Talent is a talent management company that represents high-profile Deaf and Disabled artists, athletes and influencers with the goal of changing the way the world views and defines disability utilising the massive reach and power of the entertainment and media industries. C Talent works to place Disabled talent into all roles, not just disability-specific roles – normalising disabled people being experts in subjects beyond 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, interabled couple Cole and Charisma who are lifestyle YouTubers with 600k subscribers, 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 Hulu. 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’s Disability & Accessibility Consulting is lead by a team of intersectionally diverse specialists. The work is structured around the four access pillars based on the social model of disability; cognitive, communication, sensory, and physical. C Talent’s previous and current consulting clients include: The LEGO Group, Virgin Media, adam&eveDDB, The National Lottery, International Paralympic Committee, NBC, amoung others.
C Talent is a proud founding member of #WeThe15, a campaign that aims to transform the lives of the one billion disabled people globally. Other founding members include; The International Paralympic Committee, United Nations, International Disability Alliance, Invictus Games, Global Goals and 14 more incredible global organisations.
Meet our founder & CEO
Keely Cat-Wells is an Entrepreneur and Disability Activist dedicated to making social, systemic, and economic change. As the CEO and Founder of C Talent and Zetta Studios, Keely has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe Entertainment 2021 honoree, Diana Award winner, Aerie Change-Maker, appointed as an Advisory Board Member to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, and has been awarded by the Los Angeles Lakers as a Woman of Entrepreneurship. Keely has spoken as a Disability Subject Matter Expert for companies and organizations including, The LEGO Group, the United Nations, Google, UCLA, Comcast NBCUniversal Xfinity, India National Ability Summit, Toronto International Film Festival, the Cannes Film Festival, and Virgin Media’s Ultraviolet event among others.
Keely founded her first company at a young age during her time in hospital, which developed into C Talent. 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 fully accessible, designed with disabled people in mind.
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 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 I started my own talent agency…
When I was discharged I had PTSD and was living in a new body after life changing 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, not because of my disability, but because of Hollywoods ableism, so I turned what I had learned placing my friends in job opportunities into a fully-fledged business which is now called C Talent.
At C Talent we believe to change society we have to learn to tell and listen to a new set of stories about the world that we want to create, with authentic voices and fully 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.