Dylan teaches finance.
Budgeting | Debt Management | Income Evaluation | Financial Goals
Budgeting | Debt Management | Income Evaluation | Financial Goals
Working in a creative field can be exciting and the pay rewarding, but it can also be tiring and work can be elusive. For many folks it means living paycheck to paycheck.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Let’s work together to save your money and build up your wealth. That means sitting down and asking yourself, “Where should my money be going?” From there we can set goals. Fun goals! How about a trip to Spain? What about an emergency fund? That’s fun. It has the word fun right in it! Retirement? Another trip to Spain!? (Maybe not that soon, but sure, we can start saving for it.)
I truly believe financial planning is for everyone, not just the rich. If you don't feel great about money then let’s change that. We’ll work together and figure out how we can get your finances in order and keep you moving forward towards financial freedom.
I’m Dylan Snowden. I teach writers, performers, artists and others how to manage their money. I’m a writer and have been a teacher at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in L.A. I know that saving money isn’t easy. I’ve written for TV (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, which could also be the name of this company but they trademarked it) but I’ve also gone long stretches of time not writing for TV so I know what it’s like to have to budget and live off savings.
From 2005 to 2010 I worked in disaster management for the federal government. I traveled to disaster sites from New Hampshire to Hawaii, working long hours. I saved my paychecks so I could rest and travel between deployments. Witnessing the destruction caused by floods, earthquakes and other disasters, I saw first hand how critical it is to have a financial plan. During those years I learned how to budget, save, and invest my paychecks with an eye towards the future.
Building a financial structure can be intimidating, but we’re not just throwing everything into a savings account. We’ll discuss debt management, create goal based savings accounts, improve your credit scores, appraise your insurance, and help you with your charitable giving.
We’ll make sure you stay on task. When your decisions are answerable to someone else it’s much easier to stay focused.
Building up your savings isn’t just about adjusting your spending. We’ll also look into making sure you are maximizing your income.
If you come into significant amounts of income, we can make a plan to make sure that money is there for the long term.
Obviously not everyone who needs help is based in Los Angeles. That's why client meetings happen over Skype, Zoom and FaceTime. We can create a budget, stay on task and build wealth from wherever you call home.
I’ll help you take an honest look at where your money goes. Don’t be upset if you’re spending too much in some areas. Honestly, that’s just money we can budget for savings.
You’re going to ask yourself “Where do I want to spend my money?” Let’s set big and small goals. Hot finance tip: People don't spend money as frivolously when they have specific goals for their income.
Outside of meetings, I’ll be free to answer questions through phone or email. (“Can I afford a new iPhone?” “What should I do with this residual check?")
Many financial planners earn income from selling you products, which are great for them, and usually awful for the client. Not me. I don’t sell any products and only put your financial needs first.
If you have someone close to you who would benefit from a financial coach, gift memberships are available. Helping a loved one get their financial life in place is a gift that continues to give.
Workshops and Coaching
$425 Initial Planning Fee
$250 Initial Planning Fee
Together we’ll identify your short and long term goals.
We’ll create a complete snapshot of where you are today by evaluating your net worth.
Address your current income and spending habits.
Then we'll design clear customized financial plans with specific action items
You’ll be held accountable as we meet twice a month over video.
Each meeting we’ll discuss your achievements and work through any new problems or roadblocks. Together we’ll build your financial framework.
Mastering good money management takes time and discipline. We’ll meet regularly to gather your financial facts, define your goals and establish a financial framework, all while keeping you focused and accountable. I’ll be with you the whole time, without any judgment, to help you construct the future you deserve. Three month minimum commitment.
You need an accountability coach to keep you on track with your goals.
You want a financial plan tailored to your needs.
You know you need to change your spending habits, but are unsure how.
You would like access to ongoing financial guidance outside of meetings.
The Thursday July 13 workshop is no longer taking registrations.
Thursday, July 25 | 6:00-7:45pm | $25 (NEW TIME!)
The Clubhouse | 1607 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Just because you’re not a Gosling, Streep or a Markle doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life and work in entertainment. Learn how other creatives manage their finances by building a budget, saving for retirement and creating short and long term financial goals.
The workshop is for folks who have day jobs and for people living paycheck to paycheck in acting, writing, editing and other creative fields.
Don’t worry, you’ll keep your personal info to yourself. We’ll spend our time practicing strategies that are relevant to everyone, regardless of how much money you have.
$125 for 4-week class
Summer schedule coming soon
Located in Los Feliz
In this four-class workshop we’ll deconstruct “finance” so that you’re excited to take control of your money. We’ll figure out what’s holding you back from saving and building wealth through lessons, readings and exercises that feel empowering and non-judgmental.
Hosted in a supportive space with participants who share similar goals. You’ll leave the workshop feeling inspired about the financial choices you make every day.
Session 1 - Money 101
We’ll talk about financial basics and evaluate your financial situation. We’ll talk about your history with money and what you want to change.
Session 2 - Spending/Budgeting
Time to evaluate your spending habits and build a manageable budget.
Session 3 - Debt! (Student loans / Credit Cards)
What’s holding you down? We’ll talk about the different forms of debt, how they can affect your future and a plan to pay down your debt. We’ll also talk about credit reports and ways to improve your credit score.
Session 4 - Savings, (Short/Long Term Goals / Retirement!)
We’ll discuss how to establish and maintain an automatic monthly saving routine and how to carefully consider what is important to you before making a major financial decision.
You’re looking for an introduction to personal finance.
You enjoy working with others in a small group setting.
Your organization is interested in helping your members with financial planning.
Contact me at email@example.com or fill out the form if you’re interested in a complimentary first meeting.
We can meet and discuss topics such as:
Your specific financial situation
Any goals you'd like to meet this year
Your roadblocks with money
This meeting is relaxed and free. We can also meet over video (and we can still drink tea or coffee).
Take control of your finances and your future.
Photo Credit: Clay Larsen