10 tips for working with agencies

01 Do your research
Tailor your portfolio to a specific type of agency. If you have several styles or specialisms, be judicious in selecting works to send in - an agency specialising in editorial illustration won't care much for your caricatures or mixed-media work.

02 How many clients?
Ask what the client-to-artist ratio is. An agency with a 100:1 ratio won't devote the same time to you as one with 30:1, and will be less likely to secure you work. Find out if they'll allow you to maintain an independent relationship with pre-existing clients.

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