Christopher Mark Steffler
For the past 12 years Christopher Mark Steffler has been involved in both the visual and performing arts. Starting as a muralist in Edmonton, AB; he soon found that there was a great demand for artists. Many small businesses and large corporations were looking to commission artists for various projects, yet Christopher had numerous artistic friends whose talents were not working for them. It didn’t take long before Christopher created an agency that brought artists to the market. His business grew fast in Edmonton, so two years later, a move to Vancouver seemed wise.
Using this same formula, Christopher created an agency in on the west coast. Crested-Crane and Lion Artworks was born, and just as in Edmonton, the agency soon had 10 artists working full-time on a number of corporate creatives. Christopher stepped back as a hands-on artist, and took on the role of Artistic Director. He worked directly with advertising agencies, and corporate consumers to guide the artistic process from concept to reality. Another arm of Crested-Crane and Lion Artworks emerged that saw Christopher representing artists for both commissioned work, and for their collections. In 2006, Christopher was instrumental in opening an award-winning art gallery in Port Moody, and as curator, he showed and sold the works of many local and international artists that he represented.
In 2003, Christopher received grants from the Federal Government for Arts Administration programs where he learned the finer business details, including everything from marketing to copyrighting, to contract negotiations. Ultimately the focus was on how to prepare artists to becoming self-supporting through their art. In 2005, after completing a program at the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts, he received a federal grant to attend Vancouver Film School. Here too, Christopher was educated on how the performing artist must professionally prepare themselves for auditions, rehearsals, performances, and ultimately how to make a career from their talents.
The music industry has always been part of Christopher’s journey. He was always a fanatic, but his passion grew while playing the bass in a couple bands in high school and university. This intrigue continued to build alongside his formal education in artistic representation. In 2008, Christopher became more involved with the career development of recording artists, and saw a void that was not being filled. He found too many talented artists becoming disillusioned by the process of getting noticed. The same questions kept being asked. Who should I trust? Where do I get professional services? How do I market myself? What is the next step? To fill that void; and answer these questions, Christopher has created Mercury Management Canada, and has worked with such artist as Sarah K, Juno award winnners Devon aka Mr.Metro, and Mikey Dangerous. As well as, Baby-C, Groundbreakers, Daddy Roy The Messenger, The Metro Squad, Charly Torres, Muss Buss, The Paul Tavai-Latta Polynesian Dancers, and Ras Nikilesh to name a few.