I thought I was going to be a different kind of boss...don't we all?
I was going to be the one who understood the needs of the people who worked for me. I was going to be the one who really "gets" artistic priorities. I was going to be everybody's idea of the Perfect Boss - understanding, sympathetic, and the Queen of Flex Time.
Who do I think I am? Why would I be the exception? why did I think I was so special?
I turns out, I am like all small biz bosses. I want to get the product beautifully finished and shipped - in AvantGarb's case, that product is really cute, fuzzy mascots.
I have wonderful, talented, well-educated, experienced, smart, funny, good-looking people working for me. Some have dreams of designing for significant plays & films. Maybe they will.
Right now, however, they work for AvantGarb and there are schedules that have to be met.
I love talking about what's new in theater, film and the arts. My employees keep me up to date. My employees make my life richer and I love them for it.
....but, AvantGarb creates mascots and ships them out on time. We are not an art organization. Anything that gets in the way of production & shipping is a problem.
Any extracurricular outings, like theater design meetings during the day, are a problem. As a small biz owner, I have enough problems. Unless its a really big problem, I don't want to know it.
All bosses/small biz owners are the same. We're growing and nurturing our businesses. We have enough worries; getting the job done and making payroll.
Some people have been with AvantGarb for many years. Other for just a few weeks.
I like a team. I don't like a bunch of individuals who don't have AvantGarb's best interest at heart.
I used to think I was exceptional, creative, insightful & nice. But really, I'm just like every other small biz boss.
Somebody has to bring the mascots to life, and that someone is me. Everything in my life lead to making mascot. My1st crush was Mighty Mouse.
I've lived all over the world, I've hung out with artists in Mexico, Seattle (when it was gorgeous and cheap!) and, of couse NYC. I've been in MoMA shows, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, gallery shows and alternative Lower East Side performance pieces.
I learned how to make wild costumes like the Sexy Salmon with Friends of the Rag in Seattle in the 70's, I was a studio artist back in the day at PS1 (now part of MoMA) in NYC.
I started AvantGarb in my Berkeley garage. It has turned into one of the snazziest mascot companies in the country. We now make mascots for major companies & corporations all over the world.
I've been married forever and have 2 always fascinating daughters.