The agent agenda

As a freelance illustrator, going it alone can be tough. Not only does your intensely creative artwork need to have a commercial value for your clients, you need to have a handle on financial and business issues, not to mention self-promotion and problem-solving. Plus there's all those deadlines in-between. How do illustrators do it?

For those blessed with a creative talent as well as the gift of the gab and good business sense, they enjoy success and reap the full financial benefit of every job (except the tax bit, of course). Creative-types with absolutely no handle on financial planning or selfpromotion, however, might seek the assistance and professionalism of an agent. But for the large majority, who fall somewhere in-between these two poles, choosing between a solo career and the support of an illustration agency is a tough decision. We've spoken to five people, whose varying experience you may find useful in helping you make that all-important choice.

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