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Arts & Public Life Breakfast ‘Yes, but what are you going to do when you grow up?’
Carrillo Gantner, AO, President of the Myer Foundation
Though now head of the Myer Family’s extensive investments, Carrillo Gantner was trained as an actor. These skills have helped him to cope with the demands and stresses of his role in public life. ‘People skills are at the very centre of the whole process of theatre, and people skills have been central to every other part of my life, be it diplomacy, business, philanthropy, the non-profit sector or even Collins Street farming.’ High-level people skills, along with the ability to make a little go a long way, are why good arts managers are among the most versatile, entrepreneurial, imaginative and motivated managers in the entire country—it seems to me that the arts, and particularly the performing arts, are frequently more entrepreneurial than much of the business world.