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June 3, 2014 @ 11:00 a.m. in The Creative Lab by Daniel Fishel | Daniel's Illustration View Comments
For the last couples of years, using zines as alternative forms of promotion has been a hot topic of discussion by professionals and professors in art schools.. Should artists commit a certain number of hours outside of paid work to create booklets as opposed to tried and true methods of creating a new single image for a postcard or email? To me, zines are a fun alternative to your typical single image promotion. It shows that you can produce a series of images which work together that a potential client probably wouldn't expect from you off the bat (if you usually just produce single images).
January 21, 2014 @ 11 a.m. in The Marketing Lab by Amanda Sosa Stone | Amanda Sosa Stone View Comments
I'm excited and flattered to be participating in the 2014 Dream Bigger Conference, an online audio conference bringing together a dozen of the world's most creative and inspirational entrepreneurs.
The conference will take place February 3-5, and was organized by Angela Pointon of Steel Toe Images. Angela and I were both mentored by the amazing Elyse Weissberg. Although our paths never crossed then, Angela recently reached out to me and once you have Elyse in your blood we are connected. I'm really looking forward to being able to reach creative people of all levels, from photographers to designers and art directors through this seminar.
August 27, 2013 @ 2:40 p.m. in The Business Lab by Tom Tumbusch | WordStreamCopy View Comments
Many people have heard about writer’s block, a dreaded condition that causes an author’s creative juices to dry up—sometimes even for years. It’s not unique to writers. In fact, “creative block” is just as likely to strike photographers and many other creative professionals.
February 7, 2012 @ 12 p.m. in The Business Lab by Corina Marie Howell | Corina Marie Photography View Comments
I’m in my pajamas with a takeout coffee cup next to me and Crouton, my cat, is perched on a pillow right next to me intently licking his toes. I’ve sent out hundreds of personalized emails to potential clients and subjected myself to a many a cold call on this fine morning. The nibbles come, and jobs do happen, but great success still evades me. Perhaps I will not change out of my pajamas today.
I’ve fought the good fight for more than a few years now. I’ve had some quality advertising gigs in the entertainment, beauty, and fashion industries, met hundreds of top-level creatives, and done some fabulous editorials for local and national magazines. I am a former magazine photo editor for both Movieline and The Hollywood Reporter and have great connections. Yet here I sit, on this plateau. Oh, and you’re here with me? What’s up?
November 7, 2012 @ 9 a.m. in The Marketing Lab by Louisa Curtis | Chatterbox Enterprises View Comments
I have a magnet on my refrigerator that says, “Change is good as long as I don’t have to do anything different!” But the only thing that is consistent in this life is change. So how does that apply to this question about trends, and whether or not to change your current marketing plan?
The short answer: any way you can. The path to artistic growth is often through personal work. With no rules or deadlines, you have more freedom to explore and evolve. When your work evolves, you open new markets, you stay relevant and you keep working. Personal work is not optional.
Whatever you choose to do to buy time, your challenge is to find a rhythm that leaves you enough energy to make that personal work. This is the key to your evolution, so serve your personal work first. Put it on a pedestal and schedule your other work to fit.
Some experts believe the only way for artists to stay inspired is interacting with other artists. Some say artists must look to other industries for innovative ideas. Wherever individual artists find their motivation, it’s crucial to creativity: Staying inspired is the only way a commercial artist can thrive.
My biggest inspiration comes from looking at other illustrators’ work. Whether it’s contemporary or classic illustration, when I see a piece that really excites me, it inspires me to push myself creatively. While I used to pore over the Communication Arts Illustration Annual and the Society of Illustrators annual each year, I find myself more recently looking at individual illustrators’ work. A lot of artists share their work on blogs and I enjoy seeing the sketches and ideas behind each illustration. Allow yourself the time to look around at other work; if you’re constantly looking at your own work, it’s hard to put things in perspective.
Inspiration is a funny thing. Most people think finding inspiration is tapping into a bubbling spring of ideas. Inspiration is actually a magical force that moves us to take action on an idea. It’s a powerful flow of energy that gives you no choice but to surrender and create something. The great thing about inspiration is that in a state of inspiration, everything seems possible. Inspiration can be intoxicating.
Before I made the decision to become a consultant, I worked in the stock photography industry. I had the fortune of working with world-renowned photographers, illustrators and filmmakers through my years at Image Bank, Getty and Photonica. As a creative editor/art director and later director of photography, my job was essentially finding the most marketable images within their collections. Being located in New York City, these artists weren’t just pen pals I corresponded with whenever they sent in a submission. More than not, I had the opportunity to work side-by-side with them in their studios. Studio visits and long editing sessions often turned into heartfelt conversations about creating new images.
It can be tempting during your “free” time between commissioned jobs to take your foot off the gas, but what you do when you’re not working could determine the fate of your illustration business.
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