November’s One-A-Day Q&A – Question #18

18 11 2016

 

Q: Many companies have submission guidelines listed on their websites, however, many do not, such as HomeGoods, TJMAXX, Pier 1, etc. Is it inappropriate to email a person, whom I tracked down in LinkedIn, and ask for a contact name for a category – such as wall art? I’m looking for guidelines when there is no submission info available and don’t want to overstep any boundaries. There are often many “creative directors” listed for these companies, as you are well aware.november-q-a-final

A: I really appreciate this question, as I am sure many creator’s want to know the answer—which is yes! It’s totally appropriate to ask someone online for the correct contact.

Isn’t it great that we have LinkedIn and other avenues to track down folks in those big companies which do have multiple people with the same titles, and often deceptive titles? (I was once a Director of Special Projects—my favorite title because it meant I could do or be anything!) I am also excited by the fact that you focused on retailers in this question, because many artists fail to contact them directly for licensing.  And they do a lot of it!  My advice is to be professional and courteous and I can’t imagine that you would then ‘overstep any boundaries.’

 

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