Interviews

How a Legal Secretary Who Paid Off $38,000 in Debt Does Money

Alison (not her real name) is a 27-year-old legal secretary who lives outside of Philadelphia.

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How a Canadian Expat Family in Budapest Does Money

Currently our income does match our needs, and we are able to make a bit of savings. It’s all complicated by the fact that both my husband and I are Canadian, and we are currently living in Budapest, Hungary and have been for approximately 4 years.

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The Business of Creative Careers: John Roderick, Musician

“I don’t know anyone who had a real detailed plan for making it a profession. Everyone I knew had a fantasy about being rich enough to quit our jobs, but there wasn’t any methodical way to accomplish it except to make the best recording you could and hope it revolutionized the music scene!”

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How a Person Who Recently Transitioned Careers Does Money

I quit a pretty well-paying job in marketing at the end of April, kind of on a whim. I had about a year’s worth of money saved up when I did that.

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How a Non-Profit Attorney Who Provides Legal Services to Low-Income NYC Residents Does Money

I’m a first year attorney at a non-profit legal services organization, in New York.

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The Business of Creative Careers: Sara Benincasa

“Comedy paid some of the bills some of the time starting about two years after I fell in love with it. But I didn’t become my own boss and begin working for myself full-time until about 2012, I’d say. It’s been a couple years. And I do lots of different things to pay the bills. Right now I’m a full-time writer of books and articles and TV, plus a college speaker and an occasionally-paid performer.”

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An Interview With Kristen van Ginhoven, Who Started a Theater Company to Benefit Women

Five years ago, Kristen van Ginhoven was an actor and graduate student in theatre education living in Western Massachusetts. Then she went and read a book called Half the Sky. By the time she closed the cover, she had decided to start her own nonprofit: the Women’s Action Movement Theatre. I spoke with her on the phone about the repercussions of reading humanitarian journalism, the practical steps she took to get her organization going and what she’s had to give up in order to pursue a career in nonprofits and the arts.

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The Business of Creative Careers: Joseph Scrimshaw

“I knew on a rational level that write/perform-for-hire jobs would pay very differently based on the company hiring you to do the work. But it’s still a shock on an emotional level to remember there isn’t agreed upon value for a lot of creative work.”

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The Business of Creative Careers: Molly Lewis

I wanted to talk to Molly about how she runs her creative career, including her touring expenses and whether she can predict how much money she’ll earn every month.

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An Interview With Someone Who Got Fired for Not Having a ‘Hunger for Marketing’

Not long ago, a friend told me he’d been fired from a West Coast marketing internship for not having a “hunger for marketing.” I asked him what that could possibly mean, which turned into a far longer story about post-graduate floundering, awful-seeming marketing software, and the perils (or subtle benefits) of showing one’s utter lack of enthusiasm in the workplace.

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