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:
Artist Marketing + Partnerships
Caton VanceArtist Marketing + Partnerships Director
As the Marketing and Partnerships Director, Caton Vance is responsible for the vision and strategy behind our Marketing and Partnerships team. He spends his days leading the team to grow our artists' marketing. He does this by managing the brand experience and building relationships that lead to opportunities for our artists. Caton loves the art of storytelling, questions, causing a good ruckus, and people (a born marketing man if there ever was one), and believes in things that make the world more connected in real and tangible ways like marketing. 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.
Marcos PayanAgent + Producer
Marcos knows a thing or two about the pain points of freelancers. His previous experience as a freelance creative means he knows how to support an artist best, whether he's negotiating inquiries, nurturing client relationships, helping manage our artists' careers, or supporting sales efforts. He's an expert at keeping a project moving as he is on all things nerd culture, and he'll make sure the end result is something both the artist and the client can be proud of.
Camille ValbusaProject Manager
Camille is the project manager of everyone's dreams. Her secret to keeping projects running on time and in budget? She "makes sure everyone feel listened to and validated when working together, so everyone has all their needs met." She's a detail oriented, relational, organized, communicative, the list goes on! When she's not managing projects to absolute perfection, she's busy photographing self portraits and adding more languages to her repertoire (she's at 5 currently!).
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.