The year is 2020. It's been two months since the World Health Organization declared COVID a global pandemic and wrecked everyone's lives.
Gone were the days of office banter, mid-day coffee runs, and grabbing lunch with coworkers.
For many, like Cache Bunny, a video director and visual effects artist in Los Angeles, working from home started to feel super isolating.
Cache had the wild idea to make a public Zoom — free for anyone to join — that could serve as an almost virtual coworking space for anyone else feeling the pandemic woes. She called it Edit Party — a community of creatives and others with day jobs that require lots of time staring at a computer. Members can log on at any time and feel less alone.
One of the coolest parts about Edit Party is that you can log on anytime from anywhere and there will always be someone online. "I think it was only that first day that we stopped [the call] overnight, but since then we haven’t stopped it, it’s just been going," she said.
One rule of Edit Party — no mics can ever be on. "You can’t be talking the whole time or else you’ll never get anything done," Cache said. But that doesn't mean Edit Party is all work, work, work. The chat is almost always running, and people discuss everything from the projects they're working on to their work frustrations, or they just ask for some moral support.
The chat has become such a community of friends from all over the world that numerous real-life meet-ups have started happening. In October, Monet helped organize an East Coast meet-up and heard some of her "internet" friends' voices for the first time.
For Cache, those friendships have extended so far that she now currently lives with three roommates who she met through Edit Party. "Around December of 2020, I asked a small group, like, 'We should all get a place together,' and it went from there."
The roommates Cache met through Edit Party have been OG attendees since the beginning — "literally since day one," she said.