Gregory James Blount is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Media Arts and has worked on such movies as Days of Thunder, Prince of Tides and Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken. He moved to New York City to pursue his passion for modeling and acting after receiving a modeling contract with the then famous men’s agency, ZOLI.
During his acting and modeling career, Gregory went on to sign with eight (8) agencies across the United States including ones in Atlanta, Chicago, Milwaukee, Greensboro, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. While living in New York, Gregory began working for the industry recognized publishing company, Peter Glenn Publications, and by age of 27, bought the industry giant and still runs the publishing division today. Peter Glenn Publications can be found at www.pgdirect.com. In May 2014, PGP will celebrate it's 59th year in business and is considered the industry resource for the modeling and talent community.
In 2001, Gregory moved to Florida and launched his first production company, ESB Productions, which was named after his daughter Emma Sara. Gregory has worked for such clients as CosmoGIRL, ELLEgirl, Rampage, Simon Malls, Miss Sixty, MasterCard and Universal Studios. Gregory created the well known modeling contest "So You Want To Be A Model," which has been featured on E! News with Ryan Seacrest. He has discovered some of today's rising stars including megastar actress Amber Heard (3 Days to Kill, Paranoia, The Rum Diary, North Country, Pineapple Express, The Stepfather, The Joneses) at age 17. In the past 10 years, Amber has starred in 37 films or TV shows.
In October 2005, while on production with CosmoGirl magazine, the company headquarters was sadly destroyed during Hurricane Wilma. With the hopes of helping others, he vowed to restart with a fresh and more committed perspective, adding charity to the company’s new philosophy. Gregory stated, “After losing so much, I realized that the lesson learned came from one of my favorite poets Robert Frost... I was there to learn that the path less traveled by would make all the difference. Our industry is filled with scams and people who only wish to take advantage of young talent or parents of talent with a dream. Since then, I have been blessed to help countless talent, parents and others understand that true happiness, success and commitment comes from reaching for specific goals.”
In 2009, Gregory created Sound Tree Entertainment and his first project was to produce the Disney Channel star Michel Musso (Hannah Montana, Pair of Kings) concerts in Florida. The company has recently moved forward to produce feature films, with several projects currently in pre-production. Gregory serves on the Film Florida Education Council for the state of Florida. He has also written a guide for aspiring talent and parents called Talent 101 - The Guide to Breaking Into the Entertainment Industry and Not Get Scammed, with author Marie Anderson, who is credited with discovering such talents as supermodel Cindy Crawford. The article is featured on several film commission websites including the Palm Beach Film Office (www.PBFilm.com)
In 2011, under a division of the company, Gregory created the Entertainment Speakers Bureau, which exclusively works with some of today's top casting directors and acting coaches including Jason La Padura (Disney’s The Descendants, Teen Beach Movie, Camp Rock, High School Musical). Disney improv coach Ezra Weisz (Wizards of Waverly Place, Jessie, Austin & Ally, Sonny with a Chance, Pair of Kings) and Shawn Caulin Young (Glee, Victorious, ANT Farm, The Hunger Games). Gregory and his team produce two acting camp programs in Los Angeles (www.DiscoverYourStarPower.org) with our team, which includes casting directors Jason La Padura, Chadwick Struck, Terry Berland, Ty Harman, Ricki Maslar and Mark Tillman.
Gregory is an Eagle Scout and supports the efforts of several charities and organizations that focus on helping and serving others including the Boy Scouts of America, Blessings in a Backpack, TOMS Shoes and the Hope for Haiti foundation. In September 2012, Gregory produced a national PSA at Lakewood Church in Houston for Blessings in a Backpack with Disney Channel star Jake Short (Fletcher from ANT Farm) and Olivia Osteen, niece of Pastor Joel Osteen. In 2013, Gregory started the EMPPAC Foundation, to impact the lives of children through arts education.
Gregory’s current project is opening the Eagle Arts Academy Charter School for the Arts in Wellington on a beautiful 13-acre campus (www.EagleArtsAcademy.com). The school is a free public charter school that was approved to educate kindergarten through 8th grade. The charter school will be dedicated to both the performing and production arts and would explore all aspects of creative and cognizant thinking skills utilizing all aspects of the arts, on both sides of the camera lens. On October 2nd, 2013, our charter application was approved by the Palm Beach School District to educate 1,488 students. The school opened on August 18th, 2014.