Opening in the spring of 2010, The Brown Agency has quickly become an industry leader that has set high expectations and large market standards that have never been seen before in Austin. A modeling and commercial talent agency, The Brown Agency has talent that works for some of the largest brands in the world including Toyota, Dell, and L’Oreal as well as models that have graced the runways all over the world.
President and CEO, Justin Brown worked his way through college as a model for Lucky Brand and their ‘rocker jeans’, now known as ‘skinny jeans’. After studying business management in college, Brown found he more interested in the business behind the cameras and started working at modeling agencies. There he trained models and helped to place them in jobs. As he worked his way from one modeling agency to another, he learned the tricks of the trade that eventually helped him open up his own agency.
After moving to Austin in 2005, he felt that it was just the right size city for him to make his mark. After working in both California and New York, Brown had the right contacts on both coasts to help take prominent talent into larger agencies. For those models that were only interested in the local market, there weren’t a lot of options. So, in 2008, Brown started JB Models and Talent, a full-service modeling agency that was licensed in 2010 by the renowned Wilhelmina national agency giving Brown more resources that coincided with a local boom in print, commercials and fashion runway shows.
More recently, reports Market Wired, Brown purchased Heyman Talent South creating a new Brown Agency that has only a few top agencies in Austin as its competition. As these two talent agencies join forces, they are able to leverage the unique capabilities and strengths of both businesses making The Brown Agency one of the few full-service agencies in Texas, and the only one in Austin. The combination of these two agencies provides their talent with more opportunities throughout the country and their clients with a larger portfolio of experienced models.
Justin Brown leads the agency as CEO and president of The Brown Agency while Michael B. Bonnée, founder of Heyman Talent-South, will continue as head of the theatrical division. The re-launched Brown Agency is headquartered in Austin, but also has offices in Dallas and Los Angeles. The Brown Agency prides itself on finding the best talent and prepping them for a larger market to provide the most elegant, professional, and dependable talent you can find in Austin.