BRENDA WONG

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Brenda Wong is a preeminent talent agent who loves the challenge of negotiating contracts while passionately promoting her clients. Brenda grew up in East Vancouver, a lower-income neighbourhood. She didn't realize they were poor because her father provided richness in life and unconditional love. He fostered self-acceptance, hard work, to never take a handout and never pick a fight, but if you're in one, finish it. She learned to be tough and mature at a very young age in order to survive; her father died suddenly when she was 12 years old. Finances became tight, she landed her first job at age 13 by lying about her age, then she worked in the entertainment industry as a teen actor, later as a stunt performer. Wong even stepped into the role of Academic Director, twice, both times excelling in managing higher education.

 

However, it was her transition to becoming an agent where she found her purpose. Rising up from hardship, and having faced racism and sexism in the workplace, she founded MVM Agency and set about making her mark. The business grew over the next 20 years to become a strong reflection of her core values. It now leads the entertainment industry in offering an atmosphere of inclusion, booking work for clients regardless of race, age, size, or gender orientation (male (he/him), female (she/her), transgender, non-binary, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+). Strong bonds are developed with each client and over time they each become a part of her extended family.

“I treasure and value the mentorship of young adults, especially young women. What inspires me is to strive to be a better person, the fact that I grew up having people I didn’t want to be like and seeing situations I never wanted to be in. I knew not all of us are dealt the right cards, but that doesn’t mean you can’t reshuffle the deck for a better outcome.”