Justin Brown was lucky enough to land modeling gigs throughout college. He was paid $100 per hour — a great gig if you can get it.
Brown did fit modeling for “Lucky Brand” as opposed to fitness modeling. “With fit modeling, the designer made clothes to fit my body type, like skinny jeans.”
A business major in college, Brown was more interested in learning the aspects of what goes on behind the camera. He bounced around to a number of agency jobs before landing a job in placement and development. With a just a few years of experience under his belt, he helped models find work and taught them how to be pros.
Today, he works for the Brown Agency in Austin, an offshoot of Wilhelmina Models. He is responsible for honing the talent of 450 hungry models.
Born in Reno, NV, Brown, 35, grew up just across the state line in Susanville, CA. Once he reached 18, he moved from Southern California. He moved around to a number of modeling agencies, picking up tips and tricks along the way.
By the time he was 21, he was already placing other models. “We generally placed 20-30 percent of the models, which is on the high end,” says Brown.
Brown landed in Austin in 2005. He immediately fell in love with the city. Austin had a pretty nice modeling market and he was sure that he could make his mark.
Brown’s model developing agency is highly-successful, reveals marketwired.com. With his coast to coast connections, he can place models to local and larger markets.
He officially started JB Models and Talent in 2008. After partnering with the national Wilhelmina agency in 2010, he took off like a rocket. His business had instant access to resources, runway shows and photo/print just in time for a local modeling boom.
Brown says the most exciting thing is that Austin is really taking off in modeling field. It was ripe for expansion, and it didn’t take long. No longer do aspiring models have to go to New York or Los Angeles. National campaigns can be launched right from Austin.