Who We Are
Rocket Science Talent represents original talent for the entertainment industry. The agency was founded in 2009 by veteran talent agent Shawn Burns after 10 years with renowned agent, Sandra Marsh. While at the Marsh agency, Shawn became the first talent agent to specialize in international Visual Effects, Special Effects, and Make-Up Effects department heads; many of whom advanced the industry with their work. Shawn has continued this representation at Rocket Science Talent while expanding into other BTL and ATL talent.
Recognizing and promoting talent began with an earlier career in the music industry. While in college selling "vinyl" at local record stores in Oklahoma, Shawn discovered upcoming talent, promoted local bands and worked behind the scenes in concert production. This niche led to consulting for Concerts West with their artist line-ups for Oklahoma shows, which included suggesting a new band (at the time) R.E.M. to their slate. An offer to PA for Fishbone in LA and a dream to work in the Los Angeles music business came true followed by production and publicity jobs at record labels I.R.S., Island Records, and Elektra/Asylum Records whose artists included U2, Grace Jones, The Cars, Metallica, Motley Crue, 10,000 Maniacs and Tracy Chapman, and soundtracks such as "Cocktail." Working with filmmakers through soundtrack production, provided the inspiration to pursue the film business. Shawn soon succeeded with independent and short filmmaking, visual effects production, and ultimately as a talent agent. Promoting great talent has been a life long quest for Shawn and continues as her mission for the agency.
rock•et sci•ence ˈrɒkɪt ˈsɑɪ·əns
an endeavor requiring considerable intelligence and ability