I just taking a class with a new teacher. She told me she uses an agent to promote her work. So she doesn't have to deal with the business deals. Can anyone tell me more about this?
Hello to another Sullivan!
I can't tell you anything about agents. However, I have a good question. What kind of a percentage is the agent charging?
I'm getting ornery in my old age. I'd rather give this stuff away than hand over 50% to a middle man. That's a bonkers way to think—I know.
Hi Paul. Thanks for answering. Her agent gets 40% - similar to what galleries in this neck of the woods take.
I like to think of it as my choice - I put my stuff in someone else's hands, and pay to avoid the hassle of selling, sells tax, etc. Or, I keep the hassle and the money. At this point, I'm doing a bit of both.
Many years (decades) ago I looked into an illustrator's agent. From what I recall - they want someone with experience and a clear, consistent vision and style of work. These are professionals looking to make money from someone who has a sellable look and professional attitude. The best thing to do is take an honest look at your work and ask yourself if you are at this level. When you feel you are ready, go talk to someone, you can always say no.