My ExperienceI went to Surtex for the first time and Loved! Loved! it! (Had a great time being a tourist in NYC :-)
Above are my simply fabulous agents, Lainey on the left and Teresa on the right, ParcaiDesigns.com and yup, that is my AnniesDoodlebugz art in the background.
Not long after I arrived and met with Parcai Designs, Sarah Hudock spotted me and introduced herself. We walked Surtex, a little bit of CLA and the Stationery Show together on Sunday.
It was so inspiring to see all the amazing art and artists! I walked around with my mouth open gushing over everyone's art. REALLY enjoyed talking with so many artist that I have seen on Linkedin and swapping business cards. I got lucky and happened to get a chance to speak with a few manufacturers/art buyers. Was great to hear a bit about them and how their businesses work.
Sarah and I spent quite a bit of time at the Stationery Show. Not only was the art just as wonderful as the Surtex Show, but being a graphic designer is was cool to check out all the different types of papers, die cuts & printing methods being used. Since we were so enthusiastic about the art & products, it gave us the opportunity to speak with several greeting card companies and opened up the conversation about if they were in need of new art and handing out more business cards :-D
THE UP SIDE for me was I have an agent who works(ed) their butts off! They get the booth ready & work it. They pitch my art and do all the follow up. Meanwhile, I am back here in my office working on my next art collection and publications that went to print today. Now an agent isn't for everybody, but for me they are priceless.
Thanks for reading and commenting :-)
Much Success ~Annie