In 2010 Justin Brown launched a new modeling agency called Wilhelmina Austin, which grew as a respected presence in the modeling industry in central Texas. In 2015 Wilhelmina Austin acquired another succeeding acting talent agency called Heyman Talent-South, to create The Brown Agency, a full service talent agency. The CEO and president is Justin Brown and his goal is that The Brown Agency will combine the strong attributes of both agencies to provide clients with a better portfolio and talent with a wider range of opportunities.
As the first and only full-service talent agency in Texas, The Brown Agency is headquartered in Austin, with locations in Dallas in Los Angeles. The founder of Heyman Talent-South, Michael B. Bonnee, has stayed on to head the theatrical division of the Brown Agency. The Brown Agency exposes their clients to some of the largest and most successful brands in the world in fashion, beauty, and in many other industries. Some of these brands include big names like Louis Vuitton, Dell, and Toyota.
Justin Brown got his start as a model, and used his experience in the industry to work in development and placement after studying business management in college. He was born and got his start in California, and he trained and placed models working for other firms in California and learned the trade before starting out on his own. When he moved to Austin, TX in 2005 he started his own development business. Brown was drawn to Austin because of the unique culture and the opportunity he had to make his mark in a market that was big, but not too big. In Austin he sought to use the local talent to meet national level needs. Joining forces with Heyman Talent-South to form the Brown Agency has helped to provide a full service package with only has few competitors in the area.
The goal of the Brown Agency is to be an industry leader that establishes bigger market standards than had previously been seen in Austin. The Brown Agency’s models have also been involved in local endeavors including Austin Fashion Week and Dallas Fashion Week. However, in line with The Brown Agency’s mission to have a big market presence, Justin Brown uses his far reaching connections in the industry to put models on the runway at New York Fashion Week and Miami Week as well.
The Brown Agency continues to grow as a strong presence in Austin. Brown notes that Austin is taking off, and is an exciting place to do business. The agency continues to take pride in cultivating excellent local talent and prepping them for big things in a larger market. They work hard to provide dependable and professional talent out of Austin.
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