The Myth of the Starving Artist

The Starving Artist Myth

This post originally appeared as part of my new contributing expert series on Backstage.com.  I was in the fifth grade when I decided I wanted to be a professional actor. It was the closing of our one-night-only production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at my elementary school, and after a brief celebration following the final […]

How to Become a Six-Figure Artist

How to Become a Six-Figure Artist

The minimum salary for most actors on Broadway currently stands at $1,861 per week. That’s an annual income of $96,772 – before taxes, agent fees and union dues of course, but still a pretty sweet, near-six-figure salary. Unfortunately, making Broadway production minimum is far from the norm, even for top industry talent. The fact is, […]

Ways To Make Extra Money that Aren’t Always Worth It

Ways to Make Extra Money That Aren't Worth It

I’m all about the side hustle. For me, it started out as a survival mechanism – hustling to afford basic life expenses in between acting gigs. Later, it became an escape mechanism – a tool to leverage my skill set, grow my earning potential and break free of broke for good. Whether it’s just to […]

Budgeting from Nothing

budgeting from nothing

You know when you see a child throwing a tantrum after having their iPad privileges revoked or dessert prospects threatened with an ominous, “no ice cream for you”? I remember one such occasion while babysitting a shockingly tech savvy four year old. He was so glued to the computer, I had to physically remove his […]

How I Turned My Side Job Into A Career

How to Turn a Side Job Into a Career

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fiverr in partnership with Kasai Media. All opinions are 100% mine- as is the story. Two years goes by pretty quickly. It’s funny how you can run into people with the feeling of just having seen them before realizing some 24 plus months have […]

Should You Go to College for Acting?

Should You Go to College for Acting

The following is a reader guest post from Kym and Eric Meyer.  Our daughter has wanted to be a musical theater performer since she was five. We’ve done all we know how to help her reach her dream and send her to college for acting. We’ve paid for voice and dance lessons. We found a […]

What Gives Worth vs. What Gives Joy

Worth vs Joy

As a professional actress, my career has been a wild ride of euphoric highs and painful lows wrapped up into a one-page resume that, in some ways, has come to define the past seven years of my life.  Sometimes it frightens me how much of my identity and self-worth comes from the words written on […]

Are You a Bad Judge of What’s Worth It?

Are You a Bad Judge of What's Worth It?

It’s so worth it. Does that sound familiar? Either we’re all rockstars at securing top value or it’s so worth it has become the most ubiquitous justification of spending I’ve ever heard. If the things we deem worth it are as useful as we claim, we must be making some kind of value assessments to […]

Money and Dating

Money and Dating

The following guest post is from Martin of Studenomics, who just launched Next Round’s On Me, the ultimate guide to financial freedom in your 20s without missing a party. “I’ve never even heard of her mentioning that restaurant until lunchtime today.” My friend Dylan was courting a lady. The relationship was fairly new. On this […]

Does Entertaining For a Living Make Sense?

Is Entertaining For a Living Worth It?

Earlier this week, I shared my thoughts on how to become a six-figure artist. Fellow entertainer, Jesse Gergin, is on the blog today to share his… Does entertaining for a living make sense in today’s economy? Maybe. I’m Jesse Gernigin, and I have spent the last seven years traveling the midwest entertaining as a stage hypnotist and […]

Extreme Reward Redemption

Extreme Reward Redemption

We all like taking advantage of consumer perks like cash back and rewards programs, but there are an elite few who are downright ninjas when it comes to maximizing redemption. These incentive gurus zero in on top programs and promotions reaping benefits that average consumers only dream of. As annoying as fine print, black out […]

Dear 20 Somethings, Build Your Identity Capital

Build Identity Capital

A few weeks ago a TED talk called “Why 30 Is Not the New 20” from 2013 went viral on my Facebook feed. Being an almost 30-something with none of the traditional trappings of 30 in place, I was admittedly skeptical. I don’t need to be married or have children or own a home to […]

The High Cost of Bad Customer Service

The High Cost of Bad Customer Service: Spirit Airlines

In true last minute fashion, the boyfriend and I made plans to go visit his family in Vegas and Utah a few days before our desired departure date. We’d been monitoring flight prices for weeks, but held off on pulling the trigger with work schedules still largely in flux. By the time we were able […]

Is Getting Too Comfortable Holding You Back?

Is Getting Too Comfortable Holding You Back?

The following is a guest post from Kirsten, founder of Indebted and In Debt. Please welcome her to the blog today! A young coworker recently laid some pretty major career problems at my feet. He’d been having some issues with his position and confided that he’d like to find a new job. Having only been […]