The best way to get representation in this industry is to audition for the top model and talent agencies, managers, casting directors and other industry professionals. You have to get their attention with your personality and your skills. Going into their busy office for an open call does not usually work. They are busy and the phones continue to ring; their focus is not on you. At our networking event the focus is on you, you are the reason our VIP guests continue to come to our events. They know we bring only the best. We are committed to keeping our event under 350 talent per event, so the agents, managers, casting directors and other industry professionals can stay focused on you, and you can stay focused on your performance!
Mark Anthony Jones grew up in eastern Oklahoma, in the small town of Pocola, as far away as possible from this 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. Model Drew Jenkins who is now signed with Wilhelmina New York, New Madison in Paris and D Men in Milano has worked in New York, Milan, Paris, London and Berlin for an amazing list of clients including Burberry, Joop, Alexander McQueen, Marni, Jil Sander, Blaak, Lanvin, Christian Dior Homme, Marc Jacobs, Benetton, Zegna, V Magazine, Details, Vogue Italia and GQ. Those who know Mark, will tell you that his priorities are his own personal spirituality, his family, and his passion for helping new models, actors and performers develop themselves into quality marketable products with long term skills for success in a field that they love.
As Mark often says, it isn’t always about being on “the cover of the magazine”. For every front page success story, there are thousands of others who enjoy making their living every behind the scenes as producers, directors, videographers, make-up artists, set designers, art directors, agents, casting directors, etc. Those doors may never have opened for them, but for the introduction and invitation to a networking opportunity event such as this.
Mark’s passion for the talent and the industry are infectious. His vision to create an exceptional alternative to the high-priced and oversized conventions has brought together like minded talent agencies with the same values. Together they provide an unparalleled opportunity for their special talent to meet top agents, managers, casting directors and other industry professions from around the world and supporting the Global Stars Network mission: A commitment to smaller networking events, attended by the most qualified and successful industry professionals, greater accessibility to these individuals for talent and the possibilities of mentorship, with an emphasis on development, education, training, and placement opportunity.