The Thriving Artist

The Thriving Artist : Saving and Investing for Performers, Artists, and the Stage & Film Industries

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The old cliche about the "starving" artist may have a basis in reality, but it isn't set in stone! The Thriving Artist provides valuable advice for the performing artist, whether you're an actor, dancer, lighting guru, costumer, or stagehand, on investing, saving, and building a diversified and stable financial portfolio. Written specifically for artists who have fluctuating, uncertain, and sometimes limited streams of income, this book promotes an understanding of finances and the investment world for the artist by offering clear, basic explanations of how finances work and instruction on how to participate in them as an investor. It also provides unique strategies for integrating financial awareness and planning into your life as an artist, and how that can help to provide a better sense of financial security. With The Thriving Artist, author David Maurice Sharp guides you with unflappable good humor through the tricky financial waters that come with following your passion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 14mm | 300g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • CRC Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 14 black & white tables, 23 black & white halftones
  • 1138809179
  • 9781138809178

About David Maurice Sharp

David Maurice Sharp is a Lecturer at HB Studio, one of the original acting conservatories in New York City, holding financial planning and investment workshops. As a financial professional, he was the Director of the Public Securities Group for KCC LLC New York branch and a Vice President of Epiq Systems - Financial Balloting Group LLC. He is also an actor, dancer, and choreographer, having guest taught classes at universities including NYU's Tisch Graduate Film School.
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'This is a book about money. All actors need some, elusive as it often is in an overcrowded profession, so a book about how to get it and manage could be very useful...Although Sharp is an American with a foot in both performing arts and finance camps, almost everything he says is equally valid in Britain. The principles are universal.' - Susan Elkin, The Stage 'Sharp has provided an accessible and easily readable text for smart beginners... The tone is casual and also comprehensible without becoming too dry or pedantic...I plan to return to it in pieces as I continue to evaluate my own financial life as an artist.' - Natalie Robin, Stage-Directions
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Table of contents

List of Tables Foreward by Edith Meeks Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Having Choices 2. Six Basic Financial Habits 3. A Brief Discussion of Risk 4. The Raw Fundamentals 5. Tax Talk 6. All About Cash 7. Banks & Credit Unions 8. Your Cash Stash 9. First Intermission 10. The Basics of Bonds: Bonding 11. US Treasury Bonds: Uncle Sam Wants You 12. Municipal Bonds: Keeping It Local 13. Corporate Bonds: Gems and Junk 14. Second Intermission 15. The Basics of Stock: Stocking Up 16. Accrual Securities: A Snowball Called Compounding 17. Brokerage Firms: Take My Order, Please 18. Choosing Individual Stocks: Going Shopping 19. Stock Analysis: The Dreaded Data 20. Third Intermission 21. Mutual Funds: The Basic Ingredients 22. Mutual Funds: The Flavors 23. Exchange Traded Funds: A Different Kind of ET 24. Fourth Intermission 25. Retirement Planning 26. Intro to Insurance: Countering Risky Business 27. Investment Strategies: Climbing Up the Ladder and More 28. Some Practical Applications for Investing 29. Union Benefits 30. Financial Advisers and Financial Planners 31. Closing Comments: Curtain Call Glossary
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