Justin Brown is not your run of the mill talent agent. His own experience began in front of the cameras, not behind them. After being discovered he worked with brands like “Lucky Jeans”, doing what he “fit modeling. This is a form of modeling based around the unique fit of clothes made to form to the model’s body.
While he made a name for himself in this capacity, it was what happened on the management side that really excited him. After leaving business school he decided to venture out on his own, founding the Brown Agency.
Based in Texas, Brown manages more than 450 models, actors and entertainers. Every week they hunt for new talent at their open calls, held Thursdays from 3 PM to 4 PM at their Austin Texas office (100 Congress Avenue, Suite 100). During those calls would-be models and other talent can show off their resumes and photos, getting the head start they need in the cutthroat business from which Brown came.
Unlike many agencies you don’t have to be experienced to be signed. New talent is more than welcome to attend the open calls, or set up an appointment to be seen by the Brown management team. If signed head shots can be arranged, done by professional photographers hired by the agency. They have led many new models through the process of getting started.
There are no pie-in-the-sky promises made by Brown or any of his team. The agency deals in realistic expectations: they provide a service. The model pays a fee for their help, but the experience and connections held by Brown Modeling make it well worth the cost.
The alternative is contracts signed with agencies that make big claims but rarely deliver. There is no investment and often new models or actors will go in with bright dreams, only to leave crushed by the reality of the competitive nature of the business. Since many of the states that these firms exist in have no workforce regulations it can be a dangerous place for newcomers who don’t know the ropes.
Austin provides an interesting balance between big city service and small city transparency. The state of Texas has strict rules about how such agencies must operate, and Brown Modeling follows them to the letter. This provides a certain level of security for that new blood entering into the spotlight for the first time.