Coffee & Catchup was started in July of 2014 by San Francisco actors Cameron Mark Lewis and Taylor Lambert as a way to connect and unite actors and filmmakers of the Bay Area to help foster a stronger entertainment community in Northern California. C&C accomplishes this by serving as an in-person networking and collaboration forum, connecting actors and filmmakers with the local community, guests, and organizations in Hollywood.
Coffee & Catchup started with just 3 people at the first morning meeting, and in just a year and a half, grew to include over 1,000 members of the Bay Area Entertainment community, including well known casting directors, talent agents, actors, directors, producers, production companies, teachers, coaches, and more! Now, the group has grown to over 2,300 members!
Coffee & Catchup is returning in April 2018 with a new slew of hosts and discussions.
Cameron Mark Lewis: Cameron started his career in 2012 modeling and acting, then quickly found a passion for working behind the camera after spending the first two years on screen as a talent. Cameron wrote, directed, and produced his first production in January 2014. Since then, he has produced and directed dozens of video and films and continues to work with agencies, corporate clients, and indie filmmakers.
Taylor Lambert: Taylor graduated with a B.A. in Theatre from Bard College, after training at NYU Tisch in New York City. He has always had a flare for performance in his heart! In 2012, Taylor signed with Stars the Agency in San Francisco and has since appeared in over 50 performances. Taylor continues to host and act throughout the Bay Area.
Being a Freelancer means you're continually searching for new clients and gigs, so it's important to get out and connect with other colleagues in your community. When you expand your network, you increase your chances of getting work because you never know when and where your next referral is going to come from.
Coffee & Catchup provides a warm and welcoming networking environment filled with fellow Artists & Entrepreneurs from the Bay Area Media + Entertainment communities.
At Coffee & Catchup, we believe in creating a more connected Entertainment community through an in-person discussion forum with new topics, guest speakers, and Creative panels each week ranging from production, acting, photography, fundraising, distribution, writing, event producing, and more! C&C is designed for Creative Artists from all experience levels and backgrounds working in Film + Media + Entertainment.
Want to become a C&C Host?
We are expanding Coffee & Catchup to the East Bay and South Bay starting January 2016. If you are interested in being a Host, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume and headshot. Applicants must have a minimum of one year living in the Bay Area working as a Freelancer. A six month time commitment is required for all C&C Hosts. Email us to find out more!
90% of the Coffee & Catchup community identify as Freelancers, meaning we are the working Creatives of the Bay Area! By coming together and holding discussions as a creative community, we can individually contribute to the overall awareness and professionalism of the Bay Area as a whole.
Many of those in Coffee & Catchup work in both the Entertainment and Commercial industries, creating content and working with some of the biggest Brands and Agencies in the Bay Area and beyond. C&C partners with other Bay Area entertainment organizations and groups including PianoFight, Bay Area Film Mixer, Producers Foundry, Scary Cow Productions, Film Fatales, BAWIF, MacHouse Productions, SF Web Fest, Pictoclik and more.
"Hey, are you free next week? I've got a project I'm working on and I want you to be a part of it. Let's collaborate!"
Coffee & Catchup is full of Bay Area Entertainment professionals looking to connect and collaborate on various passion and commercial productions. C&C is a great place to find a fellow collaborator for a short film, web-series, YouTube skit, or full blown commercial production. We just want to STAY and PLAY in the BAY!!
Collaboration is an essential component to being a Freelancer. When you collaborate with your friends and others, you strengthen your skills, relationships, creativity, and portfolio.