The illustrator's guide to getting an agent

Prestigious clients, ambitious projects and a much-needed boost to your profile; the coveted spot on an agency's roster is one that many illustrators aspire to. Understanding the market, knowing your worth and commanding higher fees are all part of being a freelancer, and getting to grips with the business side can take time. In this competitive industry, only the strongest survive – and finding an agent to share the load is an attractive prospect.

Whether you're a recent graduate or a professional with several years of experience under your belt, the thought of getting representation will no doubt cross your mind – but how do you know if it's right for you? The relationship between an agent and an illustrator is a relatively simple one, but as we discover it is not a guarantee of overnight success.

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