Mark Anthony Jones grew up in eastern Oklahoma, in the small town of Pocola, as far away as possible from modeling industry! He attended college at Bible Missionary Institute in Illinois, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education with a minor in Music. After moving to Kansas City, Mark earned another degree in Humanities with a minor in Religion from Kansas City College and Bible School in Overland Park, Kansas.
With his exceptional voice and ear, he was selected to join the prestigious college quartet and traveled over 17,000 miles singing baritone for the group. Mark was also encouraged by friends and co-workers to consider a modeling career, and it was during his stint as “talent” that he was approached by his agent to look at starting his own company. In 1996, Mark opened the I & I Agency in Kansas City. The company became a franchise of the AFTRA and was asked by the world renowned Wilhelmina to become their Midwest partner.
Over the years, Mark has developed relationships with talent agencies in Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, Milan, and many other cities in the US and internationally and he is responsible for launching the careers of many models, actors, and performers. One of his more notable success stories is actress Lindsey Shaw, who played the character of “Moze” on Nickelodeon’s “Ned’s Declassified”. Another is Ashley Graham who has built an impressive career as a plus size model and commercial actress with the Ford Agency. The controversy over Ashley’s Lane Bryant ads was the reason she was named Brandweek’s number one story for 2010.