010: How to Get an Art Agent with Gary Levine

with host artist Miriam Schulman

In this episode, I dive into the work of art agents and the process of having art licensed for use in manufacturing products. I talk to art agent Gary Levine, owner of the agency Roaring Brook. We discuss how the process works, what art agents are looking for and how much money your art can actually make.

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In this podcast, you will discover…

  • (04:52) Who Gary’s main clients are
  • (05:29) How he primarily works with manufacturers to provided designs for their products
  • (06:06) How the process works from conception to actual products
  • (07:32) Discussing two different paths – manufacturers asking for a specific artistic concept and art being recommended to manufacturers from artists portfolios
  • (09:33) How manufactures are already planning for Christmas 2019
  • (11:14) Who the taste-maker tends to be
  • (13:19) How do you keep your own style while appealing to manufacturers desire for current trends?
  • (15:21) Why it can be a good thing if an artist works in multiple styles
  • (17:22) Is it worth contacting an art agent if your style is very similar to artists they already represent?
  • (19:02) Some mistakes people make when submitting a portfolio to Roaring Brook
  • (19:59) The submission process Roaring Brook uses
  • (23:38) The number of artists Roaring Brook represent
  • (25:37) The income that some of their artists achieve
  • (29:04) Gary’s advice for artists

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About Gary

Gary is passionate about art and has spent the better part of his career working and selling to mass market retail. Roaring Brook Art Licensing puts together his passion and knowledge: marketing and licensing commercial designs to wholesalers and retailers (brick & mortar and e-commerce). Roaring Brook’s focus and relationships include contracts with manufacturers in the home decor, gift, housewares and stationery industries in such products as dinnerware, bath accessories, kitchen textiles, wall decor, outdoor entertaining, paper and party products, storage boxes and bedding. Gary is a graduate from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University, enjoys hiking, yoga and theater, and lives with his wife and 3 children in Ardsley.

About the host, Miriam Schulman

In case we haven’t met yet, I’m an artist and founder of The Inspiration Place, where I help other artists learn how to profit from their passion. Through online classes, business coaching programs, and a top-ranked podcast, I’ve helped thousands of artists around the world develop their skill sets and create more time and freedom to do what they love. My signature coaching program, The Artist Incubator, helps artists go from so-so sales to sold-out collections.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and M.I.T, I initially pursued finance but after witnessing 9/11, I abandoned a lucrative hedge fund job to work on my art full time. Since then, my art and my story have been featured in major publications including Forbes, The New York Times, Art of Man, Art Journaling magazine as well as featured on NBC’s “Parenthood” and the Amazon series “Hunters” with Al Pacino. My forthcoming book with HarperCollins Leadership on how to make it as an artist is scheduled to be released January 31, 2023. When I’m not in the studio, you can find me hanging out with my husband, adult kids, and a tuxedo cat named Ebony. I’d love to invite you to check out one of my free resources for art lovers (of every passion level) at schulmanart.com/freebies



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6 thoughts on “010: How to Get an Art Agent with Gary Levine”

  1. I’m a new listener and am listening to at least two Podcasts a day to catch up. I absolutely loved this episode. It opened my eyes to what is possible in the art world. Everyone does not have to take the same path and knowing that at some point, licensing my art is a possibility not out of reach is awesome. Thanks for the great content.


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I inspire art-lovers to reconnect with their creativity and profit from their art. Whether you paint simply for the joy of it or you’re serious about selling your work, and you’re ready to stop putting yourself on the back burner...You're in the right place. I've done it and I can inspire YOU how to do it too.

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