During the summer of 2015, the Austin Division of world renowned modeling agency, Wilhelmina International, joined forces with Heyman Talent-South, one of the city’s most successful talent agencies. The result was the only full-service talent agency in the Austin area: Brown Modeling Agency. Justin Brown of Wilhelmina Austin and Michael B. Bonnée of Heyman Talent enthusiastically head the operation as CEO/president and head of the theatrical division respectively. While New York and Los Angeles are still at the top when it comes to America’s entertainment industry, Austin, Texas has quickly been gaining its own well-deserved reputation thanks to its talent, creative, and the people like Brown and Bonnee who seek them out.
In an article on Market Wired, having modeled his way through college, in addition to working at an agency, Justin Brown has carved a career out of seeking out the perfect talent and training them to work with and around industry expectations. His greatest held belief is that every agency is only as good as the talent it produces, which stuck with him even as he took his passion from Los Angeles to Austin over a decade ago. After his own agency was licensed by Wilhelmina in 2010, it was only a matter of time before he made his greatest move year. Five years later, he’s now partnered up with Michael Bonnee and rival agency, Heyman Talent, to bring Austin’s entertainment scene to the next level.
The Brown Agency represents models and actors of all backgrounds and allows them access to a multitude of gigs. Among these amazing jobs are film, television and commercial roles, as well as print and runway modeling, voiceover, and even conventions and trade shows. Some of busiest times are before and during fashion week in Austin, Dallas, and New York. Furthermore, talent can also anticipate the chance to work for world-famous brands such as Louis Vuitton, Loreal, and Toyota.
For all actors and models in the Austin area who are seeking representation, open calls are held every Thursday afternoon between three o’clock and four o’clock at 100 Congress Avenue Suite 100. All that’s needed is the actor or model them, although a well-polished resume and a variety of photographs would definitely make them stand out from the rest.