American showman and businessman P.T. Barnum once remarked, “Money is in some respects life's fire: it is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.” Living hand to mouth is not uncommon in our current economic landscape. What’s more, the skyrocketing costs of residing in a major city coupled with an actor's fluctuating paycheck can make the concept of saving and investing money feel like a luxury.
However, as the proverb advises, the art is not in making money, but in keeping it. Learn how to improve your fiscal health and achieve financial freedom with tools for building and maintaining a savings plan, as well as how you can increase your investing potential.
Part I: I'm a little skeptical. Can I really save on a tight budget?
David Maurice Sharp, artist, author, and financial professional, will discuss feast or famine control strategies, as well as practical tips for how actors can learn to save regularly.
Part II: Alright, I've saved a little dough, now what?
Vonzell Brown, registered representative at NY Life Securities LLC, will provide an overview of options and strategies for growing your nest egg.
Part III: You've got questions, we've got answers - or we can tell you where to find them.
Audience members will have ample time for questions with David and Vonzell.
David Maurice Sharp
David Maurice Sharp's unique background allows him to relate to his audience both as an artist and as a financial professional. He danced with the Mimi Garrard Dance Theatre from 1993 to 2001, as well as with other companies including Lucinda Childs, Blondell Cummings, Sean Curran, Rachel Lampert, Heidi Latsky, Lonne Moretton, and Anna Sokolow. His choreography has been performed at such venues as Lincoln Center, La Mama, Soho Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and HERE; and his video work, Shadow Dance, received a Silver Award from the Dance on Camera Festival.
Most recently, as a financial professional, David consults for Prime Clerk as a Director in their New York office, specializing in US and international restructurings, particularly those that involve public securities. David was a founding member and initiated the formation of the Thriving Artists Investment Club, a limited partnership established by a small group of artist / friends to educate one another about investing and personal portfolio management. In October 2014, David was named a 'money hero' by Money magazine for his work educating artists about their finances. David's book, The Thriving Artist: Saving and Investing for Performers, Artists, and the Stage & Film Industries, was published in 2015.
Vonzell Brown is a registered representative of and offers securities products & services through NY Life Securities LLC, (Member FINRA/SIPC).