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I am continually amazed with the amount of talent we have in our world. Designers, creators, entrepreneurs, artists, developers … These are people who push the bounds of what is possible to create a product, service or business that revolutionizes their respective field. While these folks might be masters of their craft, the creative class can sometimes lack the financial know-how to be masters of their money.
Enter Philip and Julia Olson. These two talented theater majors turned dynamic financial gurus developed a company called The Art of Finance that helps the creative class become more intelligent with their money. Philip and Julia help their clients to realize that being a starving artist is just no way to live. They advise their creative clients on areas like debt elimination, budgeting and investing so they can do what they love while earning the money they deserve.
This way, the starving artist starves no more …
What are we covering today?
On the show today, Philip, Julia and I discuss:
- How and why started their company together
- The financial issues facing the creative class
- Strategies for success in avoiding the “starving artist” trap
If you’re an artist, designer or an entrepreneur that’s looking to make money and “command your finances” (as Julia points it), then listen up. This financial savvy couple knows what it takes for you to succeed.
Art of Finance: Philip and Julia Olson’s business website
Art of Finance YouTube Page: Totally worth checking out their videos and subscribing gang … Informative and funny.
FREE 60-Day Trial of YNAB: It sounds like this budgeting program is a Mint-crusher. I’ll be trying it out as well next month. I’ve heard great things!
— Andy Hill (@AndyHillMKM) April 24, 2017
Guest Bio: Philip Olson, CFP®
Hello! I’m Philip. I have called Austin, Texas home since 1997. I attended the University of Texas in the Department of Theater & Dance where I met Julia while we worked backstage for a children’s dance show about a baby monkey. Eighteen months later, we were married.
I spent several years as a ‘starving artist’ – waiting tables, parking cars, and making lattes. Eventually I became a theater instructor, where I fell in love with teaching and coaching my students. I led hundreds of theater productions at ZACH Theater, KidsActing, and more.
Eventually I left the professional artistic world when a recruiter for a financial services firm said “This industry needs more people like you – a people person”. I was inspired to make a difference in a notoriously un-caring industry, and began to study for the Series 7 exam in 2011. I’ve been in love with financial planning ever since. In 2015 I went on to pass the Certified Financial Planner™ Board Exam (the most challenging certification in the entire industry), and I now wear the ‘CFP®’ marks with pride.
Guest Bio: Julia Lorenz-Olson
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