Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Stone and Jaime Love.
Brittany and Jaime, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Brittany- I worked in film festivals since I was a little girl since my mom was involved in the local festival in my hometown. I developed an interest in the industry and pursued my degree in Film Studies at UC San Diego. After graduating, I moved to Paris, France, where I worked on an international film festival and then attended some others, including Cannes. When I returned to the USA, I started applying for internships in the industry and landed one at an agency, where Jaime was the commercial agent. I quickly became the office assistant and helped the commercial and fashion division. I left the agency after two years to pursue my law degree. After passing the bar in 2015, Jaime and I decided to open LoveStone and we have now been open for a little over four years.
About 14 years ago, I was producing a variety of different projects and coincidentally often used talent from one particular agency. The owner of that agency and I naturally built a rapport and one day she offered me their fashion agent position. After feeling ready for new challenges, I accepted the position. In 2009 I hired Brittany to be an intern. Brit was a quick study and soon got promoted to be my assistant! Unfortunately, she eventually left to go to law school but knew agenting was her passion. After working as an agent for many years, I grew tired of building up someone else’s dreams and not reaping the benefits of my hard work. So when Brit received her law degree, we decided to open our own agency… Voila – LoveStone was born!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I don’t think opening a business is ever a smooth road. There are so many things you learn along the way that you wish you had known sooner. My now husband and I had opened an activewear company prior to opening LoveStone and learned so much about how to run a business, it has really helped open my eyes as to how we could build LoveStone. Jaime and I really put our heart and souls into this business, so when we have issues, we work together to figure out solutions. One of the biggest hurdles we have faced is hiring the right people to work for us. We had gone through a few assistants that we felt were not up to par with how much we put into the company. We have now hired some amazing people who really represent our company well.
This world is never smooth! We have great days and we have bad days. On our bad days, talent are reminded of how they need to operate and sometimes they get very unpleasant emails from us. They all know when I am not a happy camper. For the most part, we have built a very solid agency that casting directors respect and our talent love to be a part. We are ranked one of the best boutique agency in Los Angeles – after only four years. I think that is a great accomplishment!
LoveStone Talent Agency – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
We really believe in a family-oriented business approach. Both Jaime and I come from loving families that we want to spend time with and we want our talent to feel that same support. We really want to nurture the growth of our talent and taken them to the next level. We pride ourselves on being approachable but professional. We want everyone to come to us with problems and issues, but also respect our time professionally and personally. At LoveStone, I specialize in television and film and my partner Jaime specializes in commercial and print. We don’t play the numbers game like some other agencies, for us – more people on the roster doesn’t mean more success. We want really talented people who care about their career and respect themselves and our company.
We are a full-service agency representing talent for print, commercial, television, and film. Commercially, we are known for the good looking actors – but we love character actors, too. I am most proud of the family we have created. Actors really do love being with us, they know they can speak to us anytime about pretty much anything, and we are always accessible to them. We have worked countless hours to get this company to where we are today. I believe our family approach sets us apart from other agencies. I believe talent feel it is important to develop a relationship with their agents and we give them that opportunity.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Brittany- I think the proudest moment of my career thus far was opening LoveStone. It is such a different feeling of pride and ownership when you have a stake in the game. Jaime and I have worked so hard to build this company in the most competitive field in Los Angeles. Opening an agency in LA isn’t easy – and we are here four years later thriving with the rest of the big agencies. The best feeling is when actors come to you to advance their career – those first series regular bookings and big movies bookings are feelings I will never forget.
I have been apart of the entertainment world in some capacity for a long time and I have had so many great moments along the way. My most proud moment to date is the day we opened LoveStone. There were so many nerves on my end in the process, having a child and having so many uncertainties of owning an agency in this crazy city, but we opened and it has been the best decision of my career. I love building talent careers, love seeing them book, and most of all, having casting directors trust what we do.
- Website: www.lovestoneagency.com
Stone family photo – Lauren Guilford