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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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Brazil… Which is where we were.

Tonight, we say goodbye to Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital after seven seasons and over 80 episodes.

The show started out amid the writers’ strike, in 2008, as a web-series on TheWB.com.
Yes, that WB.

Post-strike, Childrens Hospital got picked up by Adult Swim, making it the first-ish web-show to jump to television. (And still kind of the only one still around.)

It had everything you could want from a live-action night-time 12-minute comedy:
Jokes, hospitals, cameos, non sequiturs, self-deprecating characters, irreverent humor, spin-offs, and Brazil…
Which is where we are right now.
(Fun fact: they actually flew to Brazil just for that running gag.)

As a commenter said over at the AV Club:

I have nothing but love for Childrens Hospital. Not only did it remain hilarious throughout its run, but it did a brilliant, ambitious job experimenting with different storytelling formats, especially given its 12-minute time slot. It got super-meta without ever becoming inaccessible or weird for the sake of weird, and it stuck to its own established continuity, with the history of the show-within-a-show (except for when it didn’t).

You can turn to BBF LaToya Ferguson (also at the AV Club) for great analysis on what made those experimental minutes of television so special.
Just this season, Childrens Hospital had an episode spoofing 1950s variety shows, a black-and-white exploration of one of their meta-characters, and their own take on plots from I Love Lucy.

If you’re a fan (or are becoming one), you’ll be excited to learn of the many interviews posted about the show this week. I highly recommend reading two specific ones:
The oral history of Childrens, published by WIRED, featuring a bunch of the players & writers; and
– Inverse’s off-the-cuff sit-down with Rob Corddry and Rob Huebel
(How have I not realized until now that they share the same first name?)

As an avid watcher of both Childrens Hospital and Party Down, I must conclude this post by sharing an all-time favorite episode of mine (thankfully available on the interwebs)…

Here’s to hoping they do an inevitable reunion show within the next few years.

5-Minute Screenwriting Checkup

The awesome comedy writer (and future BBF) Nick Watson posted the other month on Medium an insightful list of prevailing problems he’s found with scripts.

Here’s a little excerpt:

The most fundamental ‘formula’, or elements of story, are the same as a good logline:

A (protagonist) must do (action) in pursuit of (a goal) despite (obstacles), or else (stakes).

You cannot tell a satisfying story if it is missing any of these 5 elements.
Try it.

In my experience, the most common issues I see in scripts can be divided into two areas: Problems with story, and problems with craft.

Read the full article

Whether you’re outlining your story or rewriting your script, I’d definitely go over Nick Watson’s list.

It’s a dozen bullet points, and a very nice TL;DR on vital screenwriting items that need to be addressed.

Write on.