Let's Get Real.
In 2015, the Wilhelmina Austin modeling agency acquired the Heyman South acting agency to create The Brown Agency, one of the few full service talent agencies in Texas. Under the leadership of Justin Brown, who previously led Wilhelmina Austin, and Michael B. Bonnee, the founder of Heyman South, the Brown agency is known as the leading talent agency in Texas. It is known for its ability to find and represent the best talent in Texas. It has served well known, national clients such as Louis Vuitton, Dell, L’oreal, and Toyota.
In recent years, the Brown Agency has expanded its scope far beyond Austin. Their models have graced the runways not only of Austin Fashion Week, but also Dallas Fashion Week, Miami Swim Week, and New York Fashion Week. Actors from the agency have been cast in recurring roles on The Leftover, American Crime, and The Queen of the South. In addition to providing the most elegant, dependable, and professional talent for the fashion and theatrical industries, they also represent commercial talent.
Justin Brown started his experience in the fashion industry as a model, so he has firsthand knowledge of what it takes to succeed on the runway. He started modeling in a college as a more lucrative alternative to his previous job, washing golf carts. His business management major prompted him to get involved behind the cameras, and he quickly found his way into a job in the “development and placement” subfield of management. In this position, he taught models what it takes to be professional, and placed them in jobs that could send them to careers as successful models.
From the beginning of his career, Brown’s goal was to provide opportunities for the local talent that expanded beyond what was available in Austin. Many of the talented individuals he had encountered in Austin seemed not to be interested in looking beyond local opportunities, so his goal was to take it to a “big market” level. He is excited to report that the local Austin talent he has developed and represented is starting to get hired within the national model scene.