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Want an art agent? Video Interview with Lilla Rogers

Have you ever asked yourself:

  • Do I need an agent?
  • Can I even get one? Is it really hard to get one?
  • What do agents actually do?
  • Can I do it on my own?
  • How do I find an agent?
  • What do I have to have in my portfolio to attract an agent?

Here’s a special in-depth interview between Lilla Rogers and our MATS course producer Beth Kempton all about agenting.

In the video below, Beth & Lilla discuss…

  • How to know if you are ready and suited for representation
  • How to decide which agent would be a good fit for you and your work
  • How to approach an agent for representation
  • What to do if you get knocked back
  • Top tips for working with an agent

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You can also download the video here and transcript here



Did you know that Mara was one of the students that Lilla Rogers had her eye on in class? Mara took a TON of our courses multiple times and her work just kept getting better. She was a standout in the Make Art That Sells courses, often getting selected to be included in the assignment reviews. Lilla was so impressed with Mara’s work, in fact, that Mara is now one of the incredibly talented artists whom Lilla Rogers Studio proudly represents!

Here is a great interview with Mara when we announced the news earlier this year.

Beetle and Moth dessert plates by Mara


The Global Talent Search is back! This is your opportunity to win a career-changing prize package including international representation from Lilla Rogers Studio, plus a host of licensing deals and money-can’t-buy career development opportunities.

Get on the waitlist here to be one of the first to hear about when registration opens!


Here are some more resources to find out more about being represented:

We’re hiring! Are you the Manager we are looking for?

Are you looking for an inspiring role that will allow you to help creative people succeed in the art industry? Are you positive, self-motivated, service-minded and super-organized? Would you like a flexible role in a friendly team, based out of the UK but internationally connected? If so, you might just be the Make Art That Sells (MATS) Project Manager we are looking for!

This is a rare opportunity to be part of Make Art That Sells (MATS), one of the world’s leading online educational experiences for artists wanting to make their work more commercially viable. We provide industry insight into the top ten hottest markets for art, and show artists exactly what they need to do in order to license and sell their work to clients all over the world. And we are looking for a Manager to be the hub and heartbeat of our team, working directly with MATS Founders Lilla Rogers and Beth Kempton.

If this is you, download the job description and application form at now and be sure to submit the Application Form along with your resume to [email protected] by the deadline (midnight BST on Wednesday 12 July 2017).

Some important notes:

(1) This is a UK-based position. You will need permission to work in the UK and we are unfortunately unable to support visas or relocation.

(2) The successful candidate will be based remotely with most communication by Skype and email, with monthly meet ups.

(3) This is a managerial position not a design position (but you will be working on a creative project with a creative team so it will be super inspiring!)

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email by Friday 14 July. If shortlisted you must be available for an interview in Southampton, UK, on Friday 21 July.

If you know someone who might be perfect for the role, please let them know about it!

Thank you so much!

Lilla, Beth and the MATS team


Behind the scenes with… Evie Ashworth of Kaufman Fabrics

It’s Evie Ashworth’s turn to open the doors to her office at Robert Kaufman Fabrics.


Evie Ashworth at her desk at Robert Kaufman Fabrics

An established member of the textile industry for over 40 years, Evie has traveled the world to all production points from Europe to Asia and in between. She brought her expertise to Robert Kaufman in 2000 to establish a whole category of product specifically for quilt fabric retailers. She merchandised the line, introducing the concept of coordinated samples and print basics, including the trademarked Fusions(TM) brand, and today continues to ensure Robert Kaufman brand’s association with only the highest quality standards. Evie currently directs a large internal design team as well as several art studios abroad, to produce Robert Kaufman’s signature in-house Luxe and Gallery looks as well as a broad range with external licensed artists and brands.

Evie is a judge for the Global Talent Search 2016.

All images are courtesy of Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

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Behind the scenes with… Noël Claro of Nickelodeon

Noël Claro gives us a tour of her office at Nickelodeon.


Noël Claro, Creative Director at Nickelodeon and Professor at Parsons The New School for Design

Noël Claro is a designer, art director, and professor at Parsons, The New School for Design. Her experience ranges from managing high-profile corporate projects at Nickelodeon to inspiring and mentoring small design teams and students at Parsons. Noël’s professional background is rooted in editorial design, advertising, promotion and creative branding. Her teaching experience covers a range subjects including design, illustration, typography, zines, merchandising and marketing. She’s not shy to rely on her stellar baked goods to provide inspiration and sustenance to her co-workers and students.

Noël is a judge for the Global Talent Search 2016

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What should an art agent do for you?

Are you making great art and are a bit at a loss as to how to find clients, deal with contracts and promote yourself while still finding time to grow creatively? Then you are probably wondering whether you should find an art agent.


“What I love about being an agent is bringing cool, great jobs and income to wonderful artists!” 
– Lilla Rogers


There are many advantages to having an agent, but it is important that you find the right agent for you. Not all agents are effective. As always, do your research!

This is what Lilla Rogers and her team of agents do for their artists

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Behind the scenes with… Emily Kleinman of Mudpuppy

Emily is the Art Director at Mudpuppy, a producer of engaging children’s activities that facilitate creativity and artistic play. She has 9 years of experience in the specialty children’s market, focusing on product development, art direction, and package design. She loves brainstorming innovative product ideas and discovering new illustrators! Based in New York, Emily keeps her finger on the artistic pulse of the city, finding inspiration in everything from museum and gallery exhibits, boutiques, craft fairs, and street art. She is also a traveler of the world and always planning her next adventure.


Emily is a judge for the Global Talent Search 2015. She’s also offering a choice of 5 products from Galison or Mudpuppy to this year’s winner!

Here’s what Emily’s office looks like!

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Behind the scenes with… Lauren Hay of Badge Bomb

Badge Bomb is a fun brand of button badges and magnets featuring the art of renowned illustrators, artists, and designers. Their products can be found internationally in the coolest boutiques, bookstores, record stores, and art galleries around. All products are manufactured in Portland, USA.


Lauren Hay, Creative Director and Co-Owner at Badge Bomb

Lauren Hay is creative director and co-owner of Portland, Oregon based Badge Bomb, who manufactures tiny pieces of art in the USA and sells them around the planet. Lauren loves to partner with select artists to create a lively brand of buttons, magnets, and more.  She and her husband, Scott, also own One Inch Round ( the custom button factory responsible for sustainably crafting small objects for customers such as Dolly Parton, B-52’s, Pinterest, and everyone in between.

Lauren is a judge for the Global Talent Search 2015 and offers the winner a 1:1 consultation (via Skype) on how to create both button and magnet art as small as 1” round. The winner will also receive a free button magnet set from Badge Bomb featuring their own art with the possibility of a licensing opportunity.

Read on for a sneak peek into Lauren’s working environment!

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How to be a successful online creative freelancer


Today, the freelancer movement is booming with more and more people finding work online. No matter where we live, we can reach out to more people and have access to more work. We have the whole world at our fingertips.

Working online is especially adapted to the creative industries and this article explores how artists can make the most of remote working.

This is a joint article by Lilla Rogers, successful artist, founder of internationally renowned art agency Lilla Rogers Studio and founder of Make Art That Sells , and Do What You Love, award winning online courses that help people find personal and financial freedom and producer of the Make Art That Sells e-courses.

Why online freelance work makes sense today

(an introduction by Do What You Love)


Although freelancing and remote working aren’t new concepts at all (believe it or not, freelancing dates back to the 1800s!), the number of people who have taken up this way of working has exploded in the past few years.

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Rachael Taylor on starting out as a creative entrepreneur and why life’s never boring

Rachael Taylor Designs

Rachael Taylor is a UK based surface pattern designer, author and teacher.

Five years ago, she decided to leave a secure job to go solo and create her creative brand. Since then, she has worked for top US and UK clients, created her own collection, written and illustrated her book “20 Ways to Draw a Doodle” published by Quarry Books, co-founded the successful Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design online course for surface pattern designers and launched the only online magazine dedicated to surface pattern design, Moyo Magazine.

In this interview Rachael tells us about why surface pattern design is special to her, how she started out on her own and why she’ll never look back! All images are courtesy of Rachael Taylor Designs.

Do you want to ask your own questions to Rachael?

  • Rachael will be speaking along a panel of industry experts at Make Art That Sells: The Global Art Gathering on June 12th in Brighton.
  • She will also be our very first #MATSchats guest – our new regular twitter chats where you can ask your questions directly to industry experts: Rachael Taylor on “How to start out as a designer”, Tuesday April 14, 9-10am PDT | 12-1pm EDT | 5-6pm GMT. More about #MATSchats here.

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Join us for Make Art That Sells: The Global Art Gathering (LIVE!)

We are thrilled to announce our first ever LIVE MATS event and hope you will join us for a very special day! Make Art That Sells: The Global Art Gathering will bring together leading experts from the art industry with artists from all over the world, to explore how to build a flourishing art/design career by making great art that is commercially viable. The event will be held at the stunning Brighton Dome in Brighton, one of the most creative cities in Europe, on June 12, 2015.

This exciting new one day event will bring together leading experts from the art industry with artists from all over the world, to explore how to build a flourishing art/design career by making great art that is commercially viable.

Led by host Lilla Rogers, one of the top art agents in the US who has sold art for products worth over $100 million, this event is not to be missed. It will be a special opportunity to get an insight into what art sells and why, how to find more joy in your art and make a healthy living from your creativity. This is a chance to connect with other artists, grow your community and build your creative confidence.

***HURRY: The first 50 people to register with either standard package will get a signed copy of Lilla Rogers’ book ‘I just like to make things’ – first come, first served!***


The day will be packed with inspiring talks, panel discussions and Q&A sessions with top industry experts like art director Margo Tantau of MidwestCBK. There will also be a host of networking opportunities, an insight into the Lilla Rogers Studio Global Talent Search, a live art review and trend presentation by Lilla Rogers, fun surprises and an amazing buzz! PLUS Lilla Rogers will give a trend presentation and a LIVE review of artwork featuring a handful of the attendees.


  • You will learn insider secrets from people who buy and sell art every single day
  • You will get specific advice on how to make your art more commercially viable*
  • You will hear personal stories and lessons learned which will inspire and uplift you
  • You will forge valuable and nurturing connections with peers from around the world
  • You will get a professional level assignment to complete ahead of the event as a new portfolio piece
  • You will come away more confident and motivated, knowing what you need to do next to make great art that sells

*Please note only a handful of artists will be featured in the live review, but review content will be relevant and applicable to your own work

Find out more by viewing our event brochure here – we hope to welcome you to Brighton in June for the art event of the year!