Though her name is often confused with an Italian bowling ball company – Topo Swope is a real-live person. Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles by a family of performers and artists, she’s been a vibrant member of the arts and entertainment community for most of her life. Her credit-rich career in front of the camera, working with the biggest names in the business, gives her a world of experience she readily draws from to this day. Inspired by her healthy respect for the craft and a love for actors, she opened her talent agency — Topo Swope Talent – in 1994.
Topo is very selective about the talent she represents. While she focuses on top-notch Skills, Diversity and Professionalism (The Big Three), Topo never allows the little things to fall through the cracks. She has a sharp eye (and ear) for recognizing those intangible qualities that make people valuable on a set or in a studio.
You can count on professionalism and a touch of moxie from Topo, her co-agent Tim Crist, and every last one of her talent. When asked to describe her qualities, terms like “quirky” and “fun” come up as often as do “loyalty” and “honesty.” Topo is very passionate about the art of acting and supporting her actors by going to the theatre to see their work. Her positive, upbeat office adds a special kind of fuel to the creative magic at Topo Swope Talent.
A not so recent photo of Topo with her mother Dorothy McGuire.
Taking a page from the book of Superman, Tim uses his incredible ability to multi-task and move at incredible speeds to ensure that actors and clients alike have everything they need to be successful. Originally from Washington DC, he has a strong stage management background in theatre. With a sharp sense of humor and affable personality, Tim is able to relate to actors while maintaining a positive vibe in the office. In 2009 he found the job he was meant for and joined the labor of love that is being a talent agent. Maintaining his love of theatre, Tim is the Resident Stage Manager at Theatre Off Jackson in his free time. He is thrilled to have spent 11 years working with everyone at TST and is looking forward to many more!