Brown Modelling Agency: Building an Empire

Brown Modelling Agency is a marriage between two big-time talent agencies in Austin, Texas. Wilhelmina Austin, run by CEO Justin Brown, focused on modeling talent. Heyman Talent-South focused largely on acting talent. By merging these two companies together under the umbrella of the Brown Modelling Agency, Justin Brown and CEO of Heyman Talent-South, Michael B. Bonnée, have created a talent agency superpower. This agency is the largest in central Texas, and one of the largest in Texas in general. The main office will still be located out of Austin, however they will also have a branch in Dallas and a setup in Los Angeles.

Combining these two agencies allows the newly formed Brown Modelling Agency to offer more services and opportunities to their “talents”, as they call their models and actors. Their talent has been seen world-wide working with accounts such as Louis Vuitton, L’oreal, Toyota, Miami Swim Week, to name a few. Acquiring Heyman Talent-South has allowed Justin Brown the opportunity to expand the company’s portfolio and has given them greater national reach. Michael B. Bonnée has stayed on as head of the theatrical department of the agency. He will be responsible for the growth of this side of the company.

Justin Brown started his own company based on his vast experience with the modeling world. He started as a model himself, working as a fit model for accounts such as Lucky Brand jeans. He went on to study business management while in college and became interested in being behind the cameras. He landed in development and placement where he worked to find jobs for talent or to help them make it in the big time. In 2005 he went to Austin and began his own development agency, working hard to turn it into what it has become today with the help of Heyman Talen-South.

The Brown Modelling Agency prides them on selecting only the best talent. They are then developed at the agency and put onto the commercial market. Justin Brown has experience in knowing what the different markets are looking for. For instance, in Dallas a more conservative look is wanted, whereas Austin is a younger, funkier town and prefers a more alternative appearance. Justin Brown’s experience in New York and Los Angeles also give him connections to help his talent make it into the bigger markets if they so desire.

The union of the two biggest agencies in Austin is providing the city with a chance to have a nationally recognized talent agency in their own backyard. Whereas previously talent was hired from either Dallas or Houston, Austin is growing and the city is ready for the step up to national focus.

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