Managing Finances as an Assistant & Staff Writer ft. Kiyong Kim (PT16)

Managing Finances as an Assistant & Staff Writer ft. Kiyong Kim (PT16)

Alex and Nick invite Kiyong Kim to talk about everyone’s favorite subject: money.
We discuss all the basics about how to start a budget, investing, and managing your income when you’re working in the entertainment industry as an assistant, aspiring TV writer, and staff writer.

Why should you learn how to manage your money? Where to begin when you don’t know anything about budgeting? What are some ways to invest and use efficiently every amount of money you make?

The Paper Team diversifies its portfolio to tackle these questions…

DISCLAIMER: We’re sharing our thoughts/personal experiences with money, budgeting, and investing. Use our advice at your own discretion, caution, and risk.



1 – Budgeting and managing your income (01:15)
2 – Investing basics (16:12)
3 – Financial priorities as an assistant and TV staff writer (29:14)
Takeaway & Resources (43:27)


Kiyong Kim on Twitter
Amazon Rewards Visa Card
“What is credit card churning?”
Secured credit card
Annual Credit Report
Credit Karma
Charles Schwab Bank
Wells Fargo Controversies
The Marshmallow Test (Video)
Roth IRA
Value Investing
Mutual Fund
Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF)
“Is it Better to Rent or Buy?” – The New York Times
T-Mobile Tuesdays

You Need a Budget
“The Intelligent Investor” by Benjamin Graham
“The Millionaire Next Door” by Thomas J. Stanley & William D. Danko

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