Today is a momentous day. An epic step forward. One small step for… well, you get the idea.
What’s the big deal, you’re undoubtedly asking yourself? Well, it’s like this: after years of tentative moves careerwise with my art, I decided to go pro and hired myself an agent.
Many of you already know Tess McCann. She first started aiding and abetting my career in the fall of 2011 when she helped me put together my first solo show, Metal Flake. And when I say “helped”, I mean I couldn’t have done it without her. She hosted the show and made the whole event more professional; how she ever put up with my pre-show nerves I’ll never know (dirty little secret: I’m always a basketcase in the days leading up to a show) .
In the months since then, Tess has continually suggested things that would never have occurred to me, offered guidance and promotional help, pointed me in new directions, and in general taken a gigantic amount of pressure off me, artwise.
We’ve been talking around this idea for months, and after recent discussions it just felt right to make it official. Oh, and here’s a word from my new agent now:
Hi! I’m super excited to be on board officially as Bret’s agent. I have been a big fan since I first saw his work, I have several pieces hanging on my walls. I’m looking forward to helping his career thrive, because he certainly deserves it.
Really looking forward to this next phase. And it’s fantastic to have you onboard, Tess.
P.S. For the rest of you wonderful people, if there’s something of mine you’d like to invest in, please contact the Most Excellent Ms. McCann here and she can sort things out for you.
(Photo: Lindsay Bayne.)