Managing the transition from artist to boss

Making the move from creative to management – no matter what your practice – can be harder than you think. Verity Johnson looks into what to do when the fun is replaced by forms.
drawing of fish bowl

In my head, I’d always imagined being a boss was glamorous. 

There was a lot of sharp tailoring, shouting ‘Yes! No! Buy! Sell!’ into phones, and owning an engraved gold cigarette lighter that I could tap impatiently on hard surfaces.  

What I never imagined was spending all day in Kmart track pants, digging hardened chewing gum out of my stage with a ballpoint pen. 

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