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  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsAgent / Talent Manager - Publisher - Social Media Specialist


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About me

Blogging, illustration, writing and publications are my passions. Artist Agent at Folio Art and Co-Founder at Soapbox Press - work keeps me busy and motivated, striving to achieve new goals continually.

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  • Social Media
  • Artist Interviews
  • Fantastic Organisation
  • Computer Typing
  • Creative Arts
  • Abobe Indesign/photoshop/illustrator
  • Portfolio Advice
  • Portfolio Management
  • Artist Promotion
  • Artist Agent

Work history


Artist Agent


Apr 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • The job duties of an Artist Agent involve a fair amount of communication and negotiation with prospective employers. It is my duty to not only represent the 60 artists that we have in our roster, but to ensure their work is seen at all times by prolific roles looking to commission. Often I am lead to working within the editorial (Forbes Japan, Stylist, Telegraph and Which?) and publishing commissions (Wide Eyed, Penguin US & UK, Templar and Usbourne), but have also worked across advertising (Alibaba, Volkswagen, and Blake School) and animation. Artists promotion is a top priority both working through the digital mediums and in print; from keeping an up-to-date portfolio of work on the website, to promoting their work through social media platforms and also including the printed portfolios, which are taken to client meetings. At the end of the day, it is person-to-person contract negotiations that deliver the final outcome. Showcasing exclusive interviews online with our artists is a new initiative from myself that I introduced to Folio - 'In the Studio'. It is here that Folio’s artists reveal their techniques and inspirations providing a terrific insight for budding artists and professionals alike. You also get to see snaps of them working within their studio! Overall the role is to support the artists represented in the roster; to advise and enhance their earnings. If you'd like to drop me an email or phone the agency then please do - I don't bite, promise.



Soapbox Press

Jan 2012
  • Freelance
  • Welcome to Soapbox Press, an independent publishing company. We are the platform for the creative voice, enjoying the thought processes behind art rather than the finished product. Explore our blog, look at our publications, and see what services we offer to creative practitioners, universities and creative institutes. We found that the focus of art and design was generally on practical design and the final product, but what they really valued was the thought process behind their work. Thus Soapbox Press provides the platform for the creative voice. Our first publication, the Winchester Journals, represented selected articles written by students from Winchester School of Art, providing a platform for the creative student voice, conscious of their future impact within the arts industry. We have taken strides from there and have since worked with Chelsea College of Art, alongside Furniture Designer Darragh Casey and a one year 'This Way Up' e-book. Within this company I hold the role of Co-Founder. During the course of our first publication I contributed to the production and distribution sector, seeing that the publication sold well within galleries, shops and libraries. At present I run the 'Interview' and 'Visualisation' series online whilst solely managing the social media for the company. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook and also Instagram!



Cancer Research

Jun 2016 - Mar 2017
  • Godalming, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I wouldn't call it fighting cancer, because you don't get a choice in winning or losing. There's no right or wrong in any cancer situation due to it being how your physical body can cope with the medicines/treatments. My situation? Currently in remission of a cancerous grade III brain tumour to the front leftal lobe. By volunteering at Cancer Research twice weekly in Godalming I've enjoyed giving back to what, I've found, to support me the most. By working on the cashier till, I speak to put through purchases as well as sorting through the many donations the shop receives! Thoroughly enjoying the experience, as it sits closely to my heart.


Mar 2014 - Apr 2015
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • Membership Assistant Role: Membership renewal, upgrades and feedback. Roles within the job include supporting the Membership Department with all services relating to AOI’s membership schemes. The Association of Illustrators (AOI) is a not-for-profit trade organisation promoting contemporary illustration and maintaining industry standards. Established in 1973 the AOI has worked successfully with businesses and colleges to increase the standing of illustration as a profession and improve commercial and ethical conditions. With a membership that includes freelance illustrators, agents, students and colleges the AOI continues to support and educate future generations at every stage of their career.


Creative Editor

The Profile Book

Sep 2012 - Oct 2013
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • A new creative company created in late 2012 to support students and graduates to showcase their work through an online portfolio and printed publication. I work on the social media to build our audience, building the Profile Book contributors as well as working with and progressing ideas to the growth of the company. >


Blog Writer

Advertising Week

Jul 2012 - Mar 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • A regular writer for Advertising Week. My articles range from titles such as 'Fine Art vs. Graphics', 'Advertising: Controlling The Mind' and 'Will The Physicality Of The Book Remain Within Our Society?'. >



BA(Hons) Graphic Art Design

University of Southampton

Sep 2009 - Jun 2012
  • Winchester, United Kingdom
  • Studied for three years within 'Illustration and Animation', which was a pathway through 'Graphic Arts'. I spent three years of full time studying, with inspiring tutors such as Amanda Sue-Rope, Andrew Foster and Holly Wales. Graduated with a 2:1 overall.