Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Women of UGA Luncheon - Art and Licensing Talk

Last week I had the honor to speak at a Women of UGA luncheon about my career as an artist and the process of art licensing.  Overall it was a really great time and I got to meet some really interesting women from the community.  At the end of my talk their was a little Q & A and I was asked for resources on how to get into art licensing.  I get asked this question quite a bit, and while my entire story and advice on the topic is a little lengthy, I wanted to share my top 2 websites that I find helpful in case any you guys are interested as well... This blog is by Tara Reed (the artist, not the actress- ha!) and is really great in my opinion for a wide range of artists.  Whether you are completely new to the licensing game, or have been in it for a while, there are a lot of good posts on different licensing topics as well as the Ask Calls that are very informative.  Tara also has quite a few ebooks, and although I haven't personally used any of these, they seem like they would be a good resource for people just starting out... is a blog by artist Monica Lee that immediately became one of my new favorites.  Monica interviews women from all segments of the art world and it is so fascinating to hear people's journeys and how they became successful...  Even though each story is different they all have a common thread- hard work, perseverance, and passion for their art.   Not everyone is an immediate success, and most people have to go through hurdles along the way to get to where they want to be in life - sometimes it is good to hear that!  Blogs tend to show the shiny/new/glossy side of things so I always find the back story much more interesting!  The interviews usually last 30-45 minutes, so I think they are great to listen to when I'm working on technical files/uploads/or just need a little inspiration/motivation.

So there you have it, just 2 little tidbits of information that may be helpful if you are thinking of branching out into this crazy art world!


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