Ah, the past Surtex and Licensing shows have been rich producers of snippets. I tried not to miss too many but when things heat up you just can’t stop and write them all down, however still managed to get a few:

“If there is anything I have learned in this business it’s that manufacturers constantly want new, new, new.”
            – licensing agent
“The quickest way for an artist to scare off a creative director is to start talking about their brand.”
            – a creative director
“We’ve got 20,000 images in our library and they can’t find even one to license?”
            – agent about a licensee they can’t connect with
“She has great technical skills but her art just doesn’t have much heart.”
            – in a discussion about an artist seeking a rep
“Mediocre has been outsourced”
 in a discussion about artists
“Licensing is a process, not a formula”
            – agent in a discussion about art coaches
“There is no guidebook because everybody comes into this business from a different place.”
            – same discussion
“Don’t waste time learning the tricks of the trade, instead learn your trade.”
            – quote from H. Jackson Brown Jr.
“So many artists are paying so much attention to other people’s unsold designs – which really has very little to do with how you get product on the market.”
            – comment about artists walking Surtex
“Unfortunately they are leveraging these bad times into contract concessions.”
            – well known IP owner discussing his licensees
“I am tired of representing artists that only respond to requests and call outs.”
            – licensing agent
and my personal favorite…
“If they tell me they want a monkey on a table I only ask “How tall?”
            – in a discussion on client service


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