Mary Collins

“I believe the old saying ‘There’s no substitute for experience’ is truer than ever. Without my years on both the ad agency side and the talent agency side, I couldn’t provide the talent or services I do, especially now, in a time of seemingly endless ‘budget’ casting sites and unproven performers. My career is based on a passion for excellence, and knowing intimately the needs of clients and actors. I like to think any success I have comes from an ability to meet or exceed those needs, and my willingness to continually elevate the quality of our service.”

–Mary Collins

In 1984, Mary Collins had an idea: open the first talent agency in the Southwest dedicated to representing only experienced, career voiceover and on-camera performers. That has remained her sole mission for these 36-plus years. An advertising and public relations major from Southern Methodist University, Mary was lucky enough to begin her career as a casting director and broadcast producer for the famed Bloom Agency in Dallas. There, she gained a valuable producer’s perspective for choosing and hiring talent, primarily for voiceover. At a casting session where she was advocating for a particular actor she thought was the best choice, an agency producer asked her, “Whose side are you on?” At that moment, Collins realized she was meant to be the actor’s advocate. After discovering her passion for casting and booking talent, she went on to use her perspective and experience on the other side of production, working for two top Dallas talent agencies.

Discovering her niche, Collins formulated her own idea of how a talent agency should work to best serve performers and clients: specialize in representing a select group of the best, most experienced actors in the market, and give them the attention they deserved but weren’t getting at the large one-stop-shopping agencies she had worked for.

Under her stewardship, Mary’s shop has earned the respect of actors and those who hire them. She understands who actors are at their core, and strongly believes they deserve respect and the best opportunities. Just as she holds her performers to high standards, she also expects a lot from her employees, who never fail to deliver with responsiveness, reliability and professionalism.

Mary believes this is very much a collaborative business and prizes the relationships she forges, many of which she has maintained for more than 30 years. The smaller size and specialized scope of the company enables Collins and her dedicated staff to provide a higher level of service to its clients and the industry.

She is a proud native of Fort Worth, and in her “spare” time she loves photography, travel, and is an avid student and collector of the history, art and culture of the American Southwest.