could I ask you to give a little perspective on your background?
am a born and bred Burbank girl, which is the true entertainment
capital of the world. I grew up playing on the backlots of Universal,
Warner Brothers, and Disney Studios. What better playground for
a young girl. My entire family was involved in the entertainment
industry in one capacity or another. I studied theater from the
age of twelve to twenty-one, when I moved to New York and enrolled
at HB Studio.
day I went for a job interview at a prominent modeling agency
and suddenly found myself working in the men's division. A woman
by the name of Kay Mitchell hired me as an assistant booker at
Legends. A few years down the road they would change their name
to IMG Models. I gave up acting and worked for IMG working in
their men's, new faces and scouting divisions for about ten years,
traveling and working in other markets intermittently in Europe
and the states, before finally returning back home to LA. I've
been an agent for over twenty years now, representing models,
actors, and photographers, as well as hair and make-up artists
would you define BBA as an agency?
greatest aspect of BBA is that we are known for having one of
the strongest dance, commercial, and theatrical divisions in town,
so we are able to spot talent and develop them for TV and film
quite effortlessly. We're the biggest little agency in the country.
has been an established agency for thirty years, yet we still
pride ourselves in quality, not quantity. As the fashion booker
it is so great to have these connections right under the same
roof. I learned a great deal from my family's connections in the
industry. My uncle was the vice-president of Universal Television,
developing new talent. One of his main resources for talent was
Nina Blanchard, who was a true pioneer in the modeling industry.
They worked very closely together developing big named actors.
They were working out development deals with the studios for models
turned actors thirty years ago. I find it funny that the modeling
agencies today think they've come up with a new endeavor by transforming
models into celebrity status.
are the typical clients you work with?
of our diverse talent pool, we work with not only the top fashion
clients, like The Gap, Wrangler, LL Bean, and Nike, but also the
biggest casting directors for commercial and television. Our actors
have booked thousands of national commercials, TV series, and
soap operas. Theatrically, we have booked kids on many feature
films and on most television shows such as "Providence",
"Boston Public", "CSI", "General Hospital"
and "All My Children", just to name a few.
you can see many of our kids on such ads as "K-Mart",
"McDonald's", "Coca Cola", "Sears",
and "JC Penney". We also represent some of the biggest
choreographers in the business. Tina Landon who has been recently
nominated for an MTV award for the music video "Lady Marmalade"
and Shawnette Heard and Marty Kudelka for the "All For You"
Janet Jackson video. Tina has also choreographed music industry
giants like Ricky Martin for his world tour, Janet Jackson's Velvet
Rope tour, as well as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera for
many of their acclaimed music videos.
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