Closer&Closer is an Artist Representation Agency based out of Los Angeles, California. We find remarkable artists from around the world and connect them with world-class clients to do what they do best—create unforgettable visual experiences through illustration, animation, and design. We have curated a roster of top artists who have a distinct voice and style. On top of being exceptional at their craft, we also look for artists who are a joy to work with. We believe it’s not just about the work. It’s about the way the work gets done. This is why our production team works with you from inquiry to final deliverable. Whether it’s an illustration, a gif, or a full-blown animation production we are here to help you bring your ideas to life.
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Who We Are
Our culture is centered around its commitment to continual growth and improvement, making others successful, and a passion for what we do. We use our values to strengthen not only each other, but everyone we come in contact with; starting with our artists. We hope to create a world where people come together to reach their full potential through the power of transformational relationships, connection, and collaboration.
Meet the fine folks who make this vision a reality:
Meet the fine folks who make this vision a reality:
Founder, Agent + ProducerAs Founder and Managing Director, Drew Melton is responsible for overseeing the vision, strategy, and culture behind Closer&Closer. He began his career as a freelance illustrator and hand-letterer working with clients of every kind from all over the world. Unrepresented and overworked, he eventually burned out. In the ashes of that dream kindled a new fire, one which burned even brighter. Drew realized his true passion lay in building relationships, in helping others achieve their goals. They say, ‘start where you are’, so Drew started with what he knew- he knew how to communicate and build trust with clients, and he knew how to see potential and draw out the best in people. In 2017 Closer&Closer was born, an artists representation agency, offering support, coaching and care to illustrators and animators across the globe. Drew says his real life super power is, “making the invisible visible,” and Closer&Closer is the manifestation of that truth.
Artist Marketing + Partnerships
Caton VanceArtist Marketing + Partnerships Director
Help others, build connections. This is the unspoken motto of Andrea Mejia-Madriz, resident marketing and social media mastermind here at Closer&Closer. Her diverse background and skill set makes her uniquely qualified to help support our artists with their marketing and growth goals. At the end of the day, Andrea guides the artists, using the modality of marketing, to help advance their careers and bring more fulfillment to their work. Born in Costa Rica and Raised in Maryland, Andrea is fluent in both Spanish and English, which makes her a massive asset to our Spanish artists… also, needless to say, we will all be joining her for her next family reunion in CR. He is a father to two incredible boys and a man who wears his heart on his sleeve, believing kindness is a superpower (we know, dad of the year over here!).
Andrea Mejia-MadrizArtist Marketing + Partnerships Manager
Help others, build connections. This is the unspoken motto of Andrea Mejia-Madriz, resident marketing and social media mastermind here at Closer&Closer. Her diverse background and skill set makes her uniquely qualified to help support our artists with their marketing and growth goals. At the end of the day, Andrea guides the artists, using the modality of marketing, to help advance their careers and bring more fulfillment to their work. Born in Costa Rica and Raised in Maryland, Andrea is fluent in both Spanish and English, which makes her a massive asset to our Spanish artists… also, needless to say, we will all be joining her for her next family reunion in CR.
KJ WadeArtist Marketing & Partnerships Coordinator
The job description for our Marketing and Partnerships Coordinator asks for someone who “lives for the details and gets things done.” KJ Wade is the embodiment of these words. She’s a total team player who is responsible for managing our social channels, updating our website, compiling data, and coordinating all marketing campaigns. She’s also in charge of all set up for the C&C Podcast (aka your favorite podcast), the entering data AND industry research (whew!). She does all of this to help our artists get exposure and live out the company goal of “making our artists famous”. And for that, we think she, like her mom's mac’n cheese, should be famous also.
Representation + Artist Management
Olivia RatzschAgent + Producer
Olivia Ratzsch is an LA born, Haitian-German with gumption. She is a self described ‘life raft’ of an agent and producer who keeps our illustrators, and animators afloat by helping them stay en route toward their goals. On the day to day, this looks like spearheading projects and supporting our artists to ensure everything runs smoothly from conception to completion. Above all, she believes in building relationships, “championing the artists, providing them tools to help them make extremely cool artwork,” because, “if art can change one person’s day, it can change the world.” The other ‘day to day’ fact we find most interesting about Olivia is that she has a smoothie for lunch… every...single...day.
Jerrica WhiteAgent + Producer
Agent + Producer Jerrica White is based in Brooklyn and carries that tenacious, high energy, New York spirit into every aspect of her life, which (obviously) includes her work. Jerrica’s background as a playwright gives her a unique edge; she is an artist whose full-time job is advocating for and supporting our artists by listening to, encouraging, and challenging them to, helping them grow both personally and professionally. On the day-to-day, she is responsible for managing and negotiating incoming project inquiries, brokering communication between clients and artists, overseeing production workflow, and building relationships with clients (which is no small thing). In her time off, you can catch Jerrica working on her next play, snapping photos of her food and beverages to be used in a cookbook or autobiography one day, or spontaneously getting a tattoo (we know, we wish we could hang out with her all the time, too).
Megan IsraelProduction Coordinator
Megan Israel's motto could easily be, “keep it moving”. As our Production Coordinator, she shows up for work each day with her heart set on making a difference in our artists lives. Megan accomplishes this worthy goal by staying on top of data entry, creating estimates and project boards, coordinating project kick-offs, scheduling calls between clients and artists, and ensuring projects stay on time and in budget; you could say she makes sure projects run smooth like water, no clogs or kinks in the works. Speaking of water, Megan is very into it; her water bottle is virtually attached to her hip and one of her favorite things to do is to spend time on, in, or by bodies of water. In addition to the many talents and skills that make her great in her role, Megan is always good for a TV or movie quote and brings an added sense of comic relief to the team here at Closer&Closer.
Xiaoye JiangJunior Agent / Coordinator
They say nothing is wasted and every part of our past leads us to be exactly where we are. We may not know who “they” are, but their words ring true for our Junior Agent/ Coordinator Xiaoye Jiang. Her background in the visual arts gave her a passion for supporting creative communities and individuals, which makes her a perfect fit for supporting the artists on our roster. On any given (week) day, you’ll find Xiaoye filtering inquiries in a timely manner and ensuring we collect all the necessary information for a project to support the artists involved. She then uses her skills in project management to organize and track artists' deadlines, helping them through hurdles or roadblocks that may arise and ultimately setting them up for success. When she isn’t kicking project @#$, you can find her investing time in her hobbies which involve (and I quote), “Leisurely walks on sunny days, photography, watching films, collecting zines, and aspirational graphic design (haha).”