Chet is a 30-something professional actor from British Columbia.
Laura, 28, works at an entertainment company in the booking division in a job she describes as "essentially an administrative assistant." She is paid by the hour and earns roughly $30,500 a year before taxes.
Carrie Bradshaw may well secretly fear she will end up a bag lady. Miranda and the others, probably, not so much. So, ladies, I asked, are you a Carrie/Schwarzbaum?
Kerry: I'm in my late twenties and I'm a mining engineer. I'm currently living in the U.K., but I've lived all over the world at this point: Canada, USA, South America, Africa.
Michelle: I'm 26, a senior corporate tax accountant, and I live in Rockland County in N.Y.
Anne, 33, lives in Boston and is a supply planning lead for a consumer products company, where she earns $100,000 a year.
Alice: I am 20. I'm a creative writer (copywriter) for two medium-market radio stations owned by the same company.
American novelist Flannery O'Connor was real about getting paid. In The Habit of Being, a book of her letters, she writes about theology, literary theory, and life on her family's farm, but she also talks about money.
Ben Collins, 30, is a professional triathlete who graduated from Columbia in 2005, where he was on the swim team. After living at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado for three years, Ben moved to Chicago and started an MBA at University of Chicago this past winter—while still racing.
Grant: I'm 28, live in Chicago, Ill. My fiancé and I just moved to a neighborhood called Logan Square last weekend. I am a photographer.
Jeanie is 42 years old and has worked in professional theater for 24 years. She received a bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
Billy is a 37-year-old husband and father who decided to give up his job earning six figures when he was 33 to move to a small town and take a position that paid half as well. He says it was one of the best decisions he's ever made.
Claire Brown is a name I made up for a girl who likes to go out to eat, but her boyfriend doesn't.
Margaret: I'm 29, I work in the communications department at a nonprofit, and I live in Brooklyn/work in Manhattan.