Here at the office we get a lot of requests every day from artists all over the world to review their portfolios for possible representation. How you present yourself may be key to your success and below are a list of tips that will help you be seen as the talented profesional that you are:
- Find out how the rep prefers to receive portfolios. Some have a separate email (like us), some have a submission form (we also use that), and others don't mind it being sent directly to them. Sending it to the wrong place may result in the submission being overlooked.
- Be relevant. Have you taken the time to look through the agencies website? What kind of art do they generally go for? Would you be a good fit? These are all very important points; there are many agencies that specialize in certain types of art and sending irrelevant material won't get you far with them.
- Be well presented. Your email/submission should always include several illustrations, a brief description of who you are, your contact information, and a link to where more of your art can be seen.
- Be personal as well. If there is information on who runs the agency, address it to them (ex. Dear Richard).
- It isn't necessary to ask if you can send your art first, do send it with your submission. It helps make a fast decision and going through the extra steps isn't necessary
- Be realistic. Chances are, you will not get a response. But don't get frustrated or discouraged, agencies are busy places and you can always follow up if you have not received a definite response.
- DON'T be rude if you get turned down; understand that it's an agents job to decide if the relationship can be mutually beneficial. Perhaps another agency will be better suited for you or you can keep improving and send your work again in the future.
For more information, check out these videos where Richard answers questions like what to put in your portfolio and finding an agent.
Feel free to ask any questions, we will do our best to answer them.