Christine Prapas, artist representative

Christine Prapas: The Christine Prapas Story

My life began in Philadelphia, PA, back in the dark ages, an only child of Greek parents.

My earlier years were divided between MO and Kentucky which I have many fond and wonderful memories of the beautiful blue grass, and sculpted horses roaming the immaculate horse farms. Throughout my teens I had a love affair with fashion and decided to attend FIT in the Big Apple, New York, where my infatuation with the city and with the field of advertising began. Little did I know at the time that I should have pursued design rather than buying and merchandising but there was a master plan that pretty much fell into my lap. I read years ago that our lives are not without design and purpose. It will give to us exactly what we need, when we need it. That has been my case without a doubt.

I worked for years in the advertising department at Gimbel's and went on to spread my wings further at Seagram's Distillers in-house sales promotion firm in the photography studio. My responsibilities included styling, propping and casting models for photo shoots which to me was a dream job which I absolutely loved. What a fabulous experience I had living in Manhattan for 10 years which proved to be some of the best and most exciting years of my life.

After my stint in NY I had a yearning for a polar opposite experience and decided to move to Los Angeles, CA transporting
myself in a white MGB convertible that friends bet wouldn't make it over the Rocky Mountains. It proved them wrong even though the

muffler did fall off in New Jersey. Minor problem that was solved with a long wire to secure it till I arrived in Nebraska and had it replaced. I say now that I served my time in the city of Angels for fourteen years continuing to work for photographers and then on staff as an account executive for an award winning design firm.

Having a strong desire to work on my own I finally took the leap of faith to begin representing artists. Through the years I gradually added more and more artists to my roster and today can proudly say that I represent some of the best talent around. Not being blessed with creative talent myself, I now live vicariously through the gifted artists I represent. I absolutely love what I do to this day after having my business for 30 years, and am so thankful to be in this fascinating creative field we call 'advertising'.

What am I passionate about in my off time........riding motorcycles, traveling and kayaking. I have visited over 30 countries, two of my favorite being Australia and Greece, of course. Stateside, the one State that captured my heart and beckons for me to return again and again isAlaska. The saying up there is, 'If you are not the lead dog, the scenery never changes'. That applies to anywhere, right?

Jean Emile said, 'The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.' So I lift my glass and say, ' Here is to gaining additional rich experiences that life has to offer.' Make this year the best ever and try to live each day to its fullest. This is not a dress rehearsal.