I am a freelance magazine designer that realised a long time ago that I was in a rut within the magazine design catefory and I also realised that working for glossy titles was never going to happen. I took a wrong turn once a worked for 3 years for a puzzle magazine publishing company... I put myself into a corner and nearly out of a career completely with that move.
Good luck catwoman. xxx
I'm tempted to call her bluff as she gets excellent service (including evening and weekend working when she demands it!).