Almost as excited as I am to be investigating and investing my time in the Art Licensing field. I have already met so many new people who - like me - are starting out on the Art Licensing journey. I now have friends from Scotland to England to the U.S. who are all happy to help one another get started, educated, enthused and moving forward.
But the biggest question for most of us who are starting out is: how do we actually get started???
I have a couple of answers for you that I have found to be powerful in keeping me going in the "enthused and moving forward" piece of this trip.
One of them is really the simplest thing of all: LinkedIn. Did you know that there are Groups on LinkedIn? I learned about this just this year, but until recently I didn't make use of them. Now I do so on a daily basis, and my learning curve is through the roof! If you don't have a LinkedIn account, make one - it's free! (We like free.) Then go to the Search box and type in Art of Licensing Group. Once you're a part of the Group, feel free to ask and answer questions, start dialogues, send emails to people you would like to network with. It's an amazing resource I never thought I would use. Now, I won't do without it.
Another answer to the how-do-I-get-started conundrum is: Ask! Ask, Ask, Ask! Ask people who know, and use the two greatest informational platforms I know of: Google, and YouTube. If you don't already know it, there is virtually nothing you can't find on YouTube - instructions for just about anything you can think of, including art licensing. For instance, I typed "art licensing tara reed" into YouTube's search box (Tara Reed is one of my licensing gurus who has tons of information at her website, TaraReedDesigns.com), and it came up with lots of art licensing "stories". I recommend this particular one just to start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEfts9Fs7AM. Notice, when you are watching this video, the information that you can gather and use. The artist, Viv Eisner, tells us - who knew??? - that there are mentors at Surtex (the country's largest licensing gathering, in New York in May of each year) who advise you about preparation. Where else would one get that information so handily and quickly?
Which brings me to a third answer to how-do-I-get-started: Stay open to new information. Mine for it - tune your "antennae" to it - and then PUT IT INTO ACTION, NOW. Don't wait a week or a month or a year. Do it now! In fact, as soon as I finish this blog, I am going to go to the Surtex website and see if I can get myself a mentor! I may have to sign up first - I don't know - but information is power. And action is forward movement. So get in the habit of using the information you gather, now rather than later.
Getting started may not start with making money - or it may - but we never have to sacrifice having an artfully good time.
Enjoy! Succeed! Share!