About Linda Layman Agency
Since 1971, the Linda Layman Agency has provided quality actors, models and cute kids for TV, Print, Film and Runway. Over the years, the agency has delivered trained professional talent to clients and given honest advice concerning the industry and the Tulsa market. The agency’s reputation and spirit of excellence still stand today.
After 42 years, Linda Layman and her husband Don officially announced their retirement in July of 2013. Linda passed the baton onto Wendi Johnson and named her the new president and owner of the Linda Layman Agency LTD. Wendi came to the Linda Layman Agency in 1987 while attending ORU in Tulsa, OK as a Drama Major.
Johnson is a small-town farm girl from Holstein, Iowa. She got her start in the fashion industry after being crowned 1985 IOWA Miss T.E.E.N. One of her prizes was a full modelling scholarship to Nancy Bounds Modeling School in Des Moines, IA. After receiving training, she was discovered by EVA Models in Paris and walked the runway for Paris Fashion Week at age 18. By age 22, she won a Face Finders contest in Dallas, TX which led her to New York where she signed with PARIS/USA Models. New York led to the cover of Woman’s World, print work for the GAP and she was named the in-house model for JENA BRIDAL NEW YORK.
Linda Layman was 1 of 5 agents she had over a 15-year period. Wendi was a model for Linda, then a fashion runway instructor, one of Linda’s photographers and finally her personal assistant. When Linda decided it was time to slow down and retire, she sold the agency to Wendi in 2013 knowing it was in good hands.
Wendi runs the agency with her husband Layne Johnson and together they are carrying on her reputable name. Layne brings a great deal to the table as Head Booker, Talent Manager, Computer Technician and has valuable public relations skills. They have been married for 24 years and have 2 sons; Jake is 20 and Luke is 16.