To celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary, founder Anna Goodson sat down for a series of mini video interviews where she shares her thoughts, ideas, and stories about her journey along the way. In this first episode of four, she talks about how it all began, 25 years ago.
Twenty five years ago, I was working in a fashion photography agency in Montreal. After a year and half of working there, I decided it was time to go out on my own. I felt that I could run the kind of business that I wanted to work in and have relationships with artists that are a little bit different than the company that I was working for at the time. I didn’t know anything about illustration back then, but I met this top illustrator, Mark Tellok, who came to Montreal from France. When he applied at the agency I was working for, and we told him we couldn’t represent him because we were a photography agency, I mentioned that I was going to start my own agency and I could take him on.
I also decided to start my own agency because I was a passionate roller blader back in 1996. And I wanted to feel like I could go out and roller blade whenever I wanted, and make my own hours. I wanted to feel free, and to have fun. I wasn’t having any more fun where I was, back at the time, and I felt that if I started my own company, maybe that was a way to mix representing creative talents and having freedom; to have fun, and to go rollerblading whenever I want.