Brown photography, opened in 2010, is the leading agency for print models and fashion in Austin Texas. It is a full-service modeling and acting agency specializing in fashion, commercial film, print, and television. It is a part of the world-renowned Brown Agency Family and has more than 450 ‘talents’. Its main goal is to set high markets standards and expectations that hadn’t been experienced yet in Austin. Since its opening, the Brown models have worked with various worldwide big brands such as Toyota, Louis Vuitton, Dell, and many other well-known companies. They have also modeled in different fashion events such as the Miami Swim Week, New York Fashion Week, Dallas Fashion Week, Austin Fashion Week and many other events. The Brown agency’s cuts are 15 percent for union commercial and video gigs, 10 percent for union jobs and 20 percent for modeling jobs.
Brown, the founder of Wilhelmina Austin, was born in Reno and grew up in Susanville California. Once he was 18, he moved to the Southside and was first introduced to modeling in college where he used this as a means to put himself through school. Brown studied business management in college but was more interested in modeling and what went on behind the cameras. After working in different agency departments, he landed in the field called Development and Placement, where he trained models and helped them go pro or found them jobs. He moved from one modeling agency to the other learning the tricks of these agencies. In 2005, he moved to Austin and started developing his own business right away. His modeling experience in New York and Los Angeles helped him secure his talent’s jobs in bigger organizations. He took into account the different cultural needs for different towns and was able to offer exactly the kind of model an organization will need based on the cultural background of its original town.
Setting up in Austin was a big advantage as the agency has less competition because the city is still growing. On October 1st, 2015, Wilhelmina Austin acquired Heyman Talent-South and re-launched as the Brown Agency. With these two largest agencies in the region joining hands, Brown Agency became the only full-service agency in Austin and one of the few in Texas. Heyman Talent-South was known for building the most successful acting talents agencies in Austin. Therefore, a combination of the two gave the talents greater opportunities across the country and also gave clients a broader portfolio of experienced talents. The agency’s headquarters is in Austin with presence in Los Angeles and offices in Dallas. Justin Brown was appointed the CEO and Michael B. Bonnee, founder of Heyman Talent-South took over the theatrical division of the Brown Agency.
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