The Brown Agency: Talent Acquired

The Brown Agency is run by Justin Brown CEO, and was once called Wilhelmina Austin, which got started in 2010. Michael B. Bonné, Heyman Talent South founder lends his talent to the theatrical division of The Brown Agency when there was a merger so they could work on a larger scale than was previously able to be done. Austin models work for brands such as Louis Vuitton, Dell, Toyota, Loreal, and thousands of other well-known companies. Brown says “We are only as good as our talent.” The Brown Agency is a talent company that represents models and actors in the fields of commercials, film, television, industrial videos, voiceover, print, catalogue, fashion, runway, conventions, trade shows, promotional and corporate events.

Justin Brown has had experience working as a model through college while studying business management. Eventually he got more interested in what was going on behind the cameras. Modeling made him $100 an hour more than washing golf carts which made him $6 an hour. Brown has at least 450 talents to watch over as they build their careers in modeling. Brown was born in Reno, Nevada, but grew up in Susanville, California moving to Southern California as soon as he turned 18, moving from one modeling firm to the next to learn his trade. Moving to Austin in 2005, Brown learned to pay agencies for training as he worked his way up, noting that the Texas Workforce Commission regulates the field. He feels his main job description lies in regulating expectations. For more details visit Crunchbase.

Brown Agency has also had modeling experience in New York and Los Angeles. Brown started JB Models and Talent in 2008, which was licensed by the national Wilhelmina in 2010. Brown has tried to fit in to his local Texas culture, which does things their own way. The Brown Agency’s cut is 20% for modeling jobs, 15% for non-union commercial, film, television or radio gigs and 10% for union jobs. There are regional differences between Dallas, Houston, and Austin. In Austin, Brown says, they want piercings, tattoos and weird hair. Dallas is more conservative on this end. There is also a Los Angeles presence that the Brown Agency maintains besides having the firm based out of Texas. The Brown Agency is moving forward supporting many creative talents, and hot talent that is out there right now. The Brown Agency supports this talent where models can grow in their careers.

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