|Launched in September 1983, People Store has been at the forefront of the industry opening the boundaries between Atlanta, New York and LA. In 2002, The Talent Group and Hot Shot Kids joined forces with People Store, creating a multi-million dollar agency representing the most talented and seasoned adult and child actors in the southeast.||With the merger of Quantum Events and Entertainment in 2010, People Store added new opportunities for its clients. In 2012, People Store expanded again by opening a branch in New Orleans. People Store continues to be innovative with the development of reality shows. We just celebrated 30 years in 2013 and looking forward to many more!|
Meet Our Team
Rebecca ShragerPresident & CEORebecca Shrager recognized her uncanny ability to match the right face to the right project while working as a stylist and production coordinator in the late 1970’s and early 1980s. Realizing the need in the Atlanta market for a more diverse range of talent, Rebecca utilized her background from the Atlanta College of Art, and went out into the community to photograph interesting faces. She then contacted local theater companies, and discovered an untapped source of talent not yet integrated into the world of film and advertising. Through her leadership and guidance over the past 34 years People Store has grown into one of the most successful and well respected talent agencies in the country. Over the years, People Store has provided lead and supporting actors for hundreds of major film and television projects regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Brenda PauleySenior Vice President & Head of Film & TVBrenda Pauley began her career over 25 years ago in Los Angeles as a talent agent for Inner Vision Talent Agency. After forming the commercial and film department, she relocated to Atlanta and opened the theatrical department for Serendipity Models and Talent. In 1997, she opened the adult division of the Talent Group and Hot Shot Kids/Teens. Brenda’s knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for the business made the Talent Group/Hot Shot Kids and Teens one of the top theatrical agencies in the Southeast. Her continued presence in Los Angeles has afforded her actors the opportunity to venture into the west coast arena and work successfully in television and film. In 2002, The Talent Group and Hot Shot Kids joined forces with People Store creating People Store/Hot Shot kids and teens, the South East’s premier talent agency.
Rick EstimondVice President & Head of CommercialRick Estimond is the Vice President and Head of the Commercial and Industrial Departments at People Store. He joined the People Store team in 2009, after graduating from Georgia State University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism/Public Relations. In 2011, under the tutelage of his mentor and predecessor Jen Kelly, Rick successfully took over the Commercial and Industrial departments. Rick has a great appreciation for the arts. As a child he was fortunate enough to study acting, music, writing, dance, and more at the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Rick's finds great joy in helping actors achieve their dreams, and is very proud to represent the best talent in the Southeast.
Thom MilamFilm & TV AgentThom Milam is excited to join the People Store team as an agent for Film and Television. A Mississippi native and graduate of Ole Miss he is happy to be back in the south after twelve years in New York. He interned at Telsey and Co., was an assistant in the On Camera Commercial Division of CESD, and worked as a Casting Coordinator for The Onion News Network before becoming an Agent at Henderson Hogan Talent Agency for eight years.
Jennifer HummelFilm & TV Agent Assistant & Office ManagerAfter falling in love with the acting world, Jennifer Hummel attended Savannah College of Art and Design, graduating with a BFA in Performing Arts. At SCAD, she realized her dream was to benefit the entertainment industry behind the scenes by helping actors achieve their goals. She greatly enjoys assisting the clients at People Store while wearing the hats of film/tv agent assistant and office manager.
Alex BallewCommercial AgentAlex Ballew graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Organizational Communication. He came to People Store as an intern in the Commercial/Industrial Department in 2013. Alex knew that he could use his organizational skill set, his outgoing personality, and unique approach to interaction in order to help People Store grow and flourish. He plans to continue to establish People Store’s well-known reputation and further the reach of the agency. Alex has always enjoyed uplifting the people around him, so helping actors find success provides him with a true sense of satisfaction.
Allyssa BarleyCommercial AssistantWhile still attending Georgia State University, Allyssa Barley began interning at People Store during March 2015. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s in Film Production the following December, Allyssa permanently joined the commercial department. Working at one of the top talent agencies in the Southeast gives her a unique perspective of the industry, and she hopes to help Atlanta’s film industry grow and flourish in the upcoming years.
Andrew RodriguezCommercial AssistantAndrew attended Shorter University where his interest in theatre and performing arts was originally sparked. While there, he was involved in improv for three years before transferring to Kennesaw State. Andrew has studied techniques of both on-stage and on-camera acting at college and around Atlanta. He’s completing his degree in Communications with a focus on Mass Media and a minor in Film Studies.
Lavon LaceyEntertainment & Live Events AgentLavon Lacey handles the live division of People Store through his company Quantum Events and Entertainment. He also develops scripted and non-scripted television programs. Lavon hit the stage at a young age and has never stopped performing. He has appeared in numerous films, television shows, commercials, corporate videos, print and of course, his first love, the live stage. As an Elvis tribute artist, Lavon co-produced, co-wrote and co-starred in the award winning feature film “We Three Kings”. Just to mix things up a bit, Lavon was a million dollar sales person with Fox 97 radio for 12 years in Atlanta as well as WATL and WVGA television station. Karmavision Films named Lavon as an Executive Producer where he produced corporate videos and television commercials.
Kay ButlerAccountingKay Butler brings to the People Store Accounting Department over 25 years of experience working in the Atlanta film industry, including over a decade as one of Atlanta's top agents. Her work on the agency side as well as the production and paymaster sides of the business give her a unique depth of knowledge that helps us give top quality service to our talent and clients.
Gil Eplan-FrankelOffice AssistantGil is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he studied theatre and history. After graduation, Gil moved back to Atlanta to continue fostering his love for theatre and film and is excited to be a member of the People Store team helping manage the office. Gil is also apprenticing at Actors Express where is working as a directing and acting intern, and hopes to play his part in Atlanta's growth as a metropolis of the arts.
Kristina SuttonNew Orleans AgentKristina Sutton joins People Store after teaching in the Theatre department at Baton Rouge Community College. She earned her MFA in Acting from Louisiana State University, and has taught Acting for the Camera at Playmakers of Baton Rouge, Teen Drama for CYT Baton Rouge, and coordinated Free Art Friday Baton Rouge and Free Art Friday Nola. Kristina is on the board for the arts organization, Elevator Projects, and the founder of K Sutton Photography. Kristina recently directed Rapunzel, A Magical Musical, for CYT Baton Rouge, playing 4 public performances to more than 2000 audience members.
Melissa JamesJunior AgentThis “Louavul,” Kentucky native spent most of her career as an Emmy award winning news producer before joining the People Store family. Melissa James graduated in 2005 from Western Kentucky University with a Broadcasting degree. She excelled under pressure during breaking news and severe weather events. Melissa won two regional Emmys and was nominated for a National Emmy for her coverage of the historic 2010 Nashville Flood. After hanging up her producer hat, she couldn’t get the TV bug out of her. In 2015, Melissa joined the New Orleans branch as an office assistant. She has since been promoted to Junior Agent and is helping grow the commercial department with the help of her boss and office "bestie," Kristina Sutton. In her spare time, Melissa works with kids at the local YMCA, freelance produces, and cheers on her Louisville Cardinals.
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