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BLACKBIRD Agency was envisioned by two Durban woman with extensive experience and expertise in the creative industry.

Our aim is to to connect local Artists with clientele both in Durban and nationally, making Durban's creatives more accessible and easier to book for your next shoot.


We represent an elite group of Artists’ which are incredibly talented professionals, who are available to work in and around South Africa and across African boarders.

At Blackbird we believe in innovation and our approach is to grow and nurture our Artists’ by challenging and managing both our established artists’ and up-and-coming artists’, to harness and expand their individual creativity, striving to create a thriving creative community in Durban.


We represent:



Art directors

Hair & Make-up


All the Artists have different skill sets and abilities ranging from seasoned industry professionals, to carefully hand-picked up-and-coming Artists’, which are set to be the next trail blazers in the industry. We can cater for any client requirements and brief, ranging from high-fashion, lifestyle, commercial, studio, architecture, kids, decor, films, product, beauty, food and more. Which means you can easily book individual artists or your entire dream team for your production with one booking.

At Blackbird, we don't just manage Artists, we also offer full service production management.


We can tailor a package to fit within your budget and manage your production from start to finish with production solutions that make sense. Let us make your next shoot stress free and do all the pre-production, briefing, on site co-ordination, production management, location scouting, managing and booking of crew and talent.


We have the talent, you have the dream, let us be the creative bridge between the clients ideas and creative execution, whilst streamlining the process and making it simpler and faster.


BLACKBIRD is more than just a management agency!

We manage talent.


Natasha Kalyan and Lauren Oliver are the founders of BLACKBIRD AGENCY. 


Natasha has over 20 years’ experience within the fashion industry and has run her own model agency for the past 7 years.

Her experience was gained after completing her studies starting in Durban and then Cape Town and London, growing her passion for what our industry has to offer.

She loves everything about the fashion, photography and creative industry and has been fortunate to work with the most elite clients, models and creative teams on a one on one and production basis.


Lauren, a fashion editorial style photographer, based in Durban, South Africa.
She has a degree in filmmaking and ran her own film production company for 12 years before focusing on Fashion Photography where her true passion lies.

With 14 years’ experience, and 7 international editorial publications, 4 international covers and is also a brand ambassador for international company Godox. 


After years in the trade Lauren saw a gap in the Durban creative industry and partnered with Natasha to create BLACKBIRD AGENCY.

"Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise."

- John Lennon / Paul McCartney

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