Posts Tagged ‘workshops’

Free Financial Seminar at Actors Fund LA!

If you’re an artist living in the Los Angeles area, I hope you’ll join me this coming Monday, March 19th at 10:30 AM for a FREE, LIVE seminar hosted by the Actors Fund of America:

Call Off the Struggle: You can pursue your passion without drowning in constant financial stress.

In this fun and interactive workshop, I’ll cover topics including:

  • Strengthening your financial mindset
  • Getting financially organized
  • Establishing a financial “baseline”
  • Setting a realistic spending plan
  • Developing financial goals
  • And more!

I’ll also be answering the specific questions you have, in order to best support you in your financial growth.

This program is designed to help you take immediate, positive action around your financial situation.  My mission is to provide artists with specific, step-by-step plans allowing you to take control of your money and your future.


The Actors Fund
5757 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 400
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Email [email protected] to register, or Click Here for more details.

I’m excited to be back at The Actors Fund, and hope you’ll take advantage of this FREE event. I look forward to meeting you!

A Birthday Sale!

“We turn not older with years, but newer every day.” -Emily Dickinson

It’s my birthday! And it’s not just ANY birthday…today I’m actually turning 40 YEARS OLD! Isn’t that crazy?

I remember when I was a teenager, 40 seemed practically ancient. Now, the funny thing is that I still keep waiting for that magic day when I’ll feel like a “real” grownup.

Of course I realize there’s a school of thought that says that especially as an actor I should be keeping my age a secret. But the thing is – I’m proud of what I’ve created in these first 40 years AND ridiculously excited about all that I’ve still got to do. Every year has really mattered…Do you know what I mean? The good, the bad, the failures, the successes…All have been such valuable lessons. How could I want to erase any of them?

When I look back at all the many things I’m grateful for, a big one is the fact that about 15 years ago I reached a breaking point that led to a commitment to my own financial growth and education. It was a decision that completely changed my life. But, what I also remember quite well is that in those early days, weeks and months – the prospect of working on the whole “money situation” felt terribly scary and completely overwhelming.

So today I wanted to make a special offer to anyone who might be at their own financial breaking point. Perhaps you’ve known for some time that you want and need to take control of your money but have felt the same fear I’ve described at the prospect of getting started.

If this resonates, please take a few minutes and check out Artist’s Prosperity 101 – a program I created to share the exact process I followed when taking those first steps toward financial stability. Until Monday night, use the code 40CANDLES and you can pick up your own copy for just $40. (Almost 50% off of the usual price of $75.)

Many of us have big dreams we’re working towards – dreams that are best supported by a strong financial foundation. I promise you that however old you are – today can be the day you decide to create that foundation for yourself.

Wish me luck blowing out ALL those candles!

Did We Strike a Nerve?


Bryan and I have simply been blown away by the response to last week’s “Living in Possibility” call! Hundreds of you joined us for a conversation about living life powerfully as artists who CHOOSE to create the success you desire (and deserve) in every area of your lives. We suspected there would be a few motivated artists who might dive into the material, but we just weren’t prepared for the number of calls and emails we’ve received, sharing your questions, experiences and victories–we’ve never seen the group this fired up before! It seems we really struck a nerve!

Or are you all even more dynamic than we realized?!

The immediate question is: With all of this momentum and new insight, what are you going to do next to stay in the zone of your potential? How will you apply this work practically day to day? How will you best capitalize on these discoveries and treat yourself to the good to come–right now? (more…)

A Few Simple Tips to Save Money

I was out to dinner the other night with some friends and we were laughing about the questions strangers will ask as soon as they find out your profession. One friend who is a doctor – always gets a medical question. Our lawyer girlfriend is often asked whether certain (sometimes dubious) behavior is legal. Me? When I tell folks about Abundance Bound I can pretty much count on being asked for “just a few simple tips” on how to save money.

And truthfully – even though I’ve been asked in some strange places (waiting for a taxi at the airport, during the intermission at the opera, and even on line for the restroom…) this might be my favorite question! There are so many ways to save. Everyone’s situation is different, which can make it difficult to hone on in a few generic tips. Still, here are some ideas that help many people:

If you’re looking to save a few dollars:

  • Focus on the grocery store. Between better coupon clipping, being conscious about where you shop, paying attention to sales, and eating out less, you can save a significant amount of cash. In 2010 I cut $2400 off of my family grocery total for the year just by changing the store where I purchase all of our produce!
  • Shut off lights and sprinklers, and unplug utilities when you aren’t using them. Utility companies offer budget plans, which allow you to pay the same amount every month.
  • Bike or walk if possible instead of driving. Do you know that over 44 percent of all car rides are less than two miles? As gas prices rise it bites more and more into the budget. Are there places you could get to easily without taking the car? If so, you’ll receive a triple benefit; first, you’ll save money on gasoline, but you’ll also feel great about helping the environment AND getting out exercising. (more…)

Cost to Market Your Career

How much should you plan on spending to market your craft?

This is an extremely difficult question, because every business is different. Plus, because of the highly artistic businesses of many of our readers, the rules of thumb for most businesses don’t necessarily apply.

There’s a short answer and a long answer.

The short answer is a rule of thumb.Organizations use a number as high as thirty percent of the amount they expect to earn if they’re in the developmental years of the operation. This number can be reduced to ten percent once they have a full workload. For our audience, this may translate to thirty percent of income spent on any activities to gain new “clients” (bookings, gigs, sales, etc.) until you’re primarily earning your living from your craft. At that point drop the number to about ten percent to make sure people remember you’re around. You never know when suddenly a well-paying gig may come to an end. (more…)

When Are Seminars & Workshops Worth The Price?

WHEN ASKED by Kiplinger about financial planning for individuals, President Obama recently said, “Spend on things that are going to increase your productivity and your income over the long term.” I agree with this sentiment. I get excited about purchasing items and services that can multiply the amount I’ll earn over the course of my career. It’s money well spent. Abundance Bound is built on the philosophy that knowledge increases your wealth.

I mention this quote because in the mail I recently received a workshop flier. It was the third piece that week. If I went to every great-sounding workshop, I’d never work. Auditions and client needs would be out the window. I’d spend all my time in class.

So I thought about the President’s financial advice and wondered, “Where is the crossover point that education no longer matters?” Sure, I can always use another workshop which increases my skills, but as a person with limited time, when is the quest for additional information trumped by using the skills I’ve already acquired? (more…)

Let’s Talk About Mindset!

I had a session today with one of my clients. Her acting career is starting to take off which is so exciting. Moneywise she is also in really good shape. Since we started our work together she’s gotten much more organized, paid off lots of debt and is starting to focus on saving and investing.

Great right?

The problem is that in spite of all of the wonderful things happening in her life, this client really struggles with feelings of unworthiness. She has a mindset that expects happiness to be quickly chased away by disaster waiting right around the next corner.

It’s so important for this client to put the same discipline she has brought to other areas of her life, to the process of reprogramming these limiting thoughts, which she admits she has carried for as long as she can remember. What is true for all of us is that it doesn’t matter how earnestly we wish to be successful. If what we feel in our core is that we are unworthy, our subconscious mind will affect our good intentions and sabotage our actions.

This is why Step 1 of The Artist’s Prosperity System is: Change your financial mindset and how you talk about money. The way we think and feel about our money is directly connected to our level of financial prosperity. You can learn and implement the practical actions that will shift and improve your financial situation. BUT – in order to transform your relationship with money permanently – you must consistently work to break any existing cycles of negativity. The result is an experience of more flexibility, ease and increased energy being put towards everything you truly wish to accomplish.

I hope you’ll join me on July 21st for The Power of Prosperity – a completely FREE teleseminar/webcast – during which you’ll learn all 9 steps of The Artist’s Prosperity System. Together, we’ll explore actual tools you can put into practice immediately to begin to conquer any fears that are currently a barrier to your success!

Register here and I look forward to “seeing” you on the call!

Is Your Career Worth It?

Here’s some goods that — I think — I’ve come to know:

If you cultivate the talent within you, commit to working hard, and are able to create and then execute a specific plan with persistence, drive and determination — we can and will ultimately have success doing what we love! It’s been true for countless artists before us. And it’ll be true for thousands more, hopefully including you.


But now the bad news. I have absolutely no way to predict whether that success will arrive in 6 months, 6 years or 16 years!


So, pause for a moment and consider: What if it does happen to take 16 years?

Will you still be here?


Last One for a While

So, we have some GREAT (and sad) news…

At Abundance Bound, we’re artists, and we’re, like you, busy. Not just about financial stuff, about creative stuff. Sometimes we’re trying to push out a new program, sometimes we’re working on the latest edition of a book, and often times we’re consumed, like you, with our artistic endeavors. I’m an active actor in the Los Angeles community, Bryan is, well, doing all the wonderful things Bryan does.

Which is why it’s with EXCITEMENT (and a bit of sadness) that we’re announcing:

Our final ARTIST’S PROSPERITY BOOT CAMP until October of 2011!

Because of our own artistic careers, our schedules will now only allow Bryan and I to offer this program once each year. This means that instead of 100 artists participating in the Boot Camp—as we graduated that many last year alone—there will be space for 10 – 20 in any given year. But…it also means each class will be filled with the most committed, dynamic, and “go for it” artists out there. We’re pretty excited because we know that’s when magic happens!

What is The Artist’s Prosperity Boot Camp? And why should you care?


Buh Buh Buh Boot Camp

Yep, you heard it here.  The Artist’s Prosperity Boot Camp Intensive is back! I’m teaching beginning for six weeks October.  More details here.

Monday evenings via teleseminar.  You can join from anywhere in the damn world, people, so no excuses!  Just come and learn about art, money, and how to put them both together without falling over. Like Jenga.

Oh, come on, it’s more fun than Jenga!  Actually, that’s debatable.  I’ve seen some Jenga matches that put an Albee play to shame.  But the Boot Camp is less rambunctious.  Certainly less rambunctious than Jenga.  Well, until I go on an esoteric yet artful rant, then Jenga probably wins out again.

Anyway, whatever people.  Reserve your spot now. I’m already getting fired up!  And free Jengas for the first 18 participants! (*)

Have an inspired day and be awesome (like you know you should be).

p.s. No student will receive any Hasbro game of any kind.  Including the aforementioned Jenga.  But there will be door prizes.  (No, there will be no door prizes.)