Nicole Lynn made history when she became the first African-American female sports agent to represent a Top-3 NFL pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft. Lynn has added best-selling author to her repertoire with her new book, Agent You, becoming an instant success.
Lynn’s book focuses on her upbringing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, navigating life while living in extreme poverty, and ultimately living in her “purpose” which is the foundation of the book.
Lynn embarked on a book tour, which brought her to Malik’s Books in Culver City, CA. She spoke to a standing room only crowd who gathered to listen to her discuss her journey and the importance of living in your purpose.
“Agent You is not about how to become a sports agent, but how to be your own agent, how to advocate for yourself, and how to unapologetically live in your purpose,” said Lynn.
Lynn began her career as an attorney at a Top 20 law firm, then moved into being a sports agent.
“Every person has a ‘Hail Mary’ in their personal or professional life, for me it was leaving my job on Wall Street, which I realized was not my purpose,” said Lynn. “When you tell people, you want to leave a six-figure job, its equivalent to saying ‘I want to be a rapper’.”
Lynn grew up in extreme poverty in Tulsa, and speaks openly about what she describes as living in a “trap house” that had no running water, no heat, and little to no food.
“The system failed us because everyone knew how we were living and no one came to save us,” said Lynn.
Her upbringing motivated her to excel in school and go to college to become a lawyer.
“I was initially with Young Money APAA Sports Agency, which is owned by Little Wayne, then made a business decision to move to Klutch Sports,” said Lynn. “Young Money was very supportive and we remain friends.”
Lynn is now head of Football Operations with Klutch and also announced she is in development for a TV series based on her life with Starz.
“You must make an intentional decision to be your authentic self,” said Lynn.
Lynn inspired many of her readers to travel quite a distance to get their opportunity to meet her and ask questions, with many centering around sports.
“You have to ask yourself do you want to be an agent or work with athletes?” asked Lynn. “Because what you don’t know is every dollar spent to attract and sign a client comes from my own pocket and if they aren’t drafted, I don’t get that money back.”
Kaleo Leopoldo, 35, drove 8 hours from Phoenix to attend Lynn’s book signing and said her book inspired him to jump in his car and come to Los Angeles.
“The introduction said “you need to find a purpose and I hope this statement shakes you to your core,” said Leopoldo. “I started to ask myself: what is my purpose, what is life?”
Leopoldo said her learned about Agent You because it was #1 on Amazon’s list.
“I follow her on social media and as I watch her I used to dream of being a sports agent, then found out I really don’t,” said Raigan Burney, 22. “She inspires me because she’s a successful Black woman in the sports industry.”
Mia Davis, 19, also made a journey to Los Angeles with her mother and sister to attend the late evening book signing.
“I am a student athlete in Las Vegas and it’s hard for players to get to the professional level and she gets them there,” said Davis. “I’m aspiring to be an attorney, and or agent myself, and she is a great representation of how to be a woman in this male dominated industry.”
Malik Books is owned by Malik and April Muhammad who were excited to bring back their in-person book signings, which came to a halt when the COVID pandemic forced businesses to reduce their hours.
“We definitely were mindful about ensuring COVID protocols were adhered to and followed by everyone attending, as book signing events are a major part of our industry and marketing,” said Muhammad.
Agent You can be found on Amazon.com and wherever books are sold.