Justin Brown was born in Reno, Nevada and raised in Susanville, California. Immediately after his 18th birthday, he moved to Southern California to get a college education. He paid for this by modeling. During those years he was making $100 per hour modeling what was then known as rocker jeans (now called skinny jeans) while earning his degree in Business Management. Both his education and modeling experience would serve him well in his future career. It was during these college years that he grew a deep interest in the management side of the modeling business. After graduation, he remained in the modeling business.
According to Marketwired, after graduation, he moved to New York where he learned more about the industry. He eventually landed on Development and Placement as his place in the modeling world. In 2005 he moved to Austin, Texas where he founded a modeling development business. In 2008, he started JB Models and Talent. In 2010 the company was transformed into Wilhelmina Brown. Here he used his learning both in the educational setting and his modeling experience to train other models and to help them find positions in modeling firms. At the same time, he was making WB a big name in the national modeling industry. He eventually founded the modeling firm, Wilhelmina Austin.
But he was frustrated with the limited scope of most of the Austin modeling industry. During those early years of the firm, he had a difficult time having the models of Austin see beyond just modeling in Austin. Most of them just wanted to model locally. Under Brown’s leadership, WA changed this limited scope. The firm was soon successfully placing 20 to 30 percent of their models in some of the best companies in the world. In 2015 WA purchased and absorbed Heyman Talent South, another Austin-based talent agency whose concentration is finding and nurturing acting talent. Afterward, the company renamed itself to The Brown Agency.
TBA has attained more success than Justin originally imagined. It is today the only full-service modeling agency in Austin, and one of the most respected in the entire state. TBA remains headquartered with offices in Dallas and Los Angeles. And Justin Brown continues to lead as its CEO and president. He is assisted by Michael Bonnee, the founder of Talent-South, who serves as the head of TBA’s theatrical division. The Texas professional industry is supervised and regulated by the Texas Workforce Commission.