'I allow myself a mini-wallow': how to handle rejection in the arts

Knock-backs are normal when starting out in the industry. Here, the pros share their advice for dealing with them

When Olivia Gagan landed her dream creative job, she didn’t expect to be fired just a few months later. But at the end of her probation period, in what was to be the biggest rejection of her life, the then 27-year-old was called into a meeting room with her boss and asked to leave the building immediately.

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As soon as you realise rejection is possible, you spend less time obsessing about it when it happens

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