As a foolish early-career artist, I spent an absurd amount of time desiring to be represented by an agent. I thought that an agent would be just the thing I needed to take my career to the next level. After a very ugly experience in '14, I decided to fall back and go at it on my own. I didn't reconsider having an agent until Susan Gurman reached out. In our initial and subsequent conversations, she presented herself as a friend and a genuine advocate for Jamil, the person over Jamil, the artist. I now realize what I needed wasn't an agent but was someone who cared enough about me, my family, and my aspirations to assist me in my goals and advocate on my behalf. I am so happy to have found that person in Susan.