Antipodal Talent International, LLC
Antipodal Talent International, LLC (the “Agency”) is a startup talent agency that officially launched on June 5, 2015, in Galesburg, Illinois, by Grant R. Gulovsen. While the base of operations is in the heart of the Midwest, the Agency’s scope of operations is international, being the first and only talent agency in America that exclusively represents and promotes Chinese models and performing artists in the United States. In addition, the Agency has developed a set of ancillary partnerships that allow it to offer small to mid-size enterprises (“SMEs”) in the U.S. all the tools and information needed to get their goods into the Chinese marketplace and, with the help of the Agency’s models and performing artists, market those goods effectively once they arrive.
The Agency was established to solve the following problem: Although middle- and upper middle-class consumer markets in China are set to triple in size to $3.2 billion USD annually by 2020, it is still very challenging for small to mid-size enterprises (“SMEs”) in the U.S. to actually enter the Chinese marketplace. As a result, the Agency is focused on helping SMEs that would otherwise not be able to afford the vast majority of consulting firms that specialize in getting U.S. companies into the Chinese marketplace. Given its unique characteristics as a hybrid talent agency and consulting firm, coupled with a target clientele that is currently underserved, the Agency will be able to stand out from the competition and make a name for itself in both industries.