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What an Illustrator’s Rep Can and Can’t Do for You


Presented By: Vicki Morgan

Demystify what an artist’s representative does (and doesn’t do). Is hiring one the right move for you

The age-old conflict for artists who want to make a living is trying to balance the creative side with the business side. While promotion and marketing are crucial to success, they are very time-consuming activities that can take away from the creative process. Often artists also find themselves ill-equipped to handle the negotiations necessary to close a deal so that it’s in their best interest. For artists who don’t have the time or the inclination to handle the business side, hiring an artist’s representative (or agent) might be an ideal solution. Artist rep Vicki Morgan gives a detailed explanation of exactly what services an artist’s rep provides. She also shares her ingredients for a successful career and tips for positive negotiation.

Program Highlights:

– The Advantages of Having a Rep
– The Role of the Agency
– The Disadvantages of Having a Rep
– Finding a Rep
– Contacting an Agency
– Considering What’s a Good Match for You
– The Three Ts of a Successful Career
– Win-Win Negotiation

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Created to further your professional and artistic interests, the Guild is a community and your advocate to ensure fair pay, appropriate working conditions and ownership of your work.

As a member of the Guild, you are part of:

  • A community of artists working together to improve pay and working conditions in the industry.
  • An artists’ advocacy group for legislative reform, including:
  • Our ongoing fight to end widespread abuse of the copyright law’s “work-for-hire” language;
  • Our successful battle against unfair taxation of artists;
  • Restoring power to artists, by strengthening copyright protection in all disciplines and all markets.
  • A forum for sharing concerns. Regional events make it easy to share ideas, information, and business skills with other artists.

Who Qualifies for the Guild?

Working artists – who earn over half their income from graphic work – who believe – as we do – that, together, we are better.

Interested non-artists, or artists making less than half of their income from their graphic work, may join as associate members with all membership privileges, except voting rights. Meetings are open to all members, and any member may introduce resolutions. There is no portfolio review.

Step 1: Select a Membership Type

There are two categories of membership: Full Member and Associate Member. Only working graphic artists who derive more than 50% of their income from their graphic art are eligible to be full, voting members.

Full Members may select up to three areas of expertise in their portfolio.

All other interested persons in related fields who support the goals and purposes of the Guild are welcome to join as Associate Members, as are graphic arts students. Associate Members may participate in all Guild activities and programs and serve on committees but may not vote or hold office.

Associate Members may show one area of expertise in their portfolio.

**To offset administrative expenses an Initiation/Reinstatement Fee of $30 is added. This is a one-time fee.