“Only by binding together as a single force will we remain strong and unconquerable.” ― Chris Bradford
A major change is on the horizon for the DMV talent community and its’ surrounding markets! An alliance among the area model, talent and management agencies has formed with the goal of creating and shaping a sustainable industry ecosystem and market. This call to action, led by Tyrone Syranno Wilkens, came about at the perfect time. Wilkens states the elephant in the room – “It’s no secret that the DMV is not taken seriously as a market by not only the bigger markets, but even internally. When you hear about the DMV from industry professionals there is usually some form of disdain if not a slight snicker.” The goal of this proposed alliance would be to cultivate a sense of competitive unity, align resources and opportunities for the talent under these agencies and educate the community and marketplace at large on processes and best practices when working with agencies and their talent.
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” ― Phil Jackson
Let’s introduce the key players:
Tyrone Syranno Wilkens, Founder/CEO – 208 Management
Harley Morgan, Founder/CEO – ROE: The Agency, LLC
Jasmine C. Green, Founder/CEO – MARZ Enterprise
Joy Kingsley-Ibeh, Founder/CEO – Kingsley Models & Talent Management
Zakur Amun-El, Founder/CEO – Black Agency
“He who masters the power formed by a group of people working together has within his grasp one of the greatest powers known to man.” ― Idowu Koyenikan
These phenomenal black owned business owners have already begun the work and are off to a great start! Aside from scheduled meetings and think tanks, collaborative events and experiences are on the horizon! A special shoutout to The Black Agency on hosting their first industry soirée entitled “The Industry Network”, a quarterly networking event co-hosted by the other aligned agencies. The event was a huge success and provided talent an opportunity to connect with agencies, photographers, production companies, and other small business owners.
Follow these agencies and stay tuned for all that this alliance will bring! With their powers combined, the sky is the limit for the amount of success it can bring to all in alignment with the movement!