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Resolution #23: Make More Money

Recession, schmecession. There’s never a bad time to make a living writing about money. In fact, when times are hard, editors are in even greater need of content that will appeal to readers looking to  make their hard-earned dollars stretch.

In‘s second annual Profit From Your Passion series for @AvantGuild members, we’ve got the goods on how you can best pitch financial and business ideas to money mags and even get a few freebies from Uncle Sam yourself. (Cable bill deduction, anyone?)

Here’s what you missed:

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New Year, New Job: Profit From Your Passion 2011


Being in the media biz doesn’t have to mean reporting on fires and homicides all day.

Each week in January, we’ll line up a creative interest with a path in media for the third installment of our Profit From Your Passion series. It’s packed with step-by-step features and insightful interviews from those who have successfully merged their personal and professional interests.

Like, how do you turn 60 seconds on the red carpet with Elton John into a winning story? Tip #3: Try to break the ice before asking about a recent scandal. Is it really possible to get paid for your addiction to, well, getting paid? Of course. Do any of the Time Out titles accept freelance pitches about art or architecture? Yes, they do — especially, the Chicago mag.

And that’s just a taste of what we have planned. See more of the lineup for Profit From Your Passion after the jump… Read more

Lunch: Warren Buffett Dines & Dashes



How about a side order of sound investment advice with that salmon? When none other than Warren Buffett showed up at Michael’s today, every head in the dining room turned his way. Even if he is ‘the world’s greatest investor,’ this legend is, by all accounts, fairly low-key when dining out. He ambled over to his table without a fuss and waited patiently for his date, Fortune‘s Carol Loomis, who has written extensively on him.

It seemed money was on everyone’s mind today. When I sat down, I found myself right next to Cosmopolitan‘s Kate White as she lunched with Jean Chatzky, the financial guru who dispenses tips on the Today show and Oprah. When Kate asked, “Do you have any questions for Jean?” I wasn’t sure where to start. So, I decided to go with whether we’d seen the bottom of the market. Jean replied, “I think we could still see some dips, but that doesn’t mean I’m not investing.” Being a financial novice myself, I also queried her on why there’s so much talk about the recession being over when employment continues to climb. She explained, “The markets are the leading indicator” while the unemployment statistics “lag a bit behind.” All of us agreed that, based on all the folks we know who are under-employed or who have just given up searching for jobs all together at the moment, the unemployment figure is actually much higher than what’s reported. I guess that means don’t take all of that money out from underneath your mattress just yet.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Mrs. Martin Bregman and pals, so we’re told.

2. The New York Post‘s Keith Kelly (love the beard!) and a fellow we didn’t recognize.

3. Warren Buffett and Carol Loomis were in and out before we even got our salads. Guess that proves the old adage ‘time is money!’

4. Men’s Health honcho Dave Zinczenko and William Morris’ Jon Rosen. Dave is everywhere these days promoting the 2010 edition of Eat This, Not That! and its low-cal cousin, Eat This, Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution. Watch out Zagats! He’s been on the Today show, Extra, and The Bonnie Hunt Show of late to reveal the staggering fat and calorie counts of some seemingly innocent-looking food. (Did you know Cosi’s Cobb salad has a whopping 55 grams of fat? Now you do!) Dave told me he was headed off to tape a segment on Rachel Ray after lunch. Perhaps he’ll helm his own show one day soon. Stay tuned.

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What It’s Like To Go On The “Today” Show

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Once you commit yourself to going on a show like the “Today” show, especially when you’ve decided to open up about something as private as your finances, you just have to give in and go with it. Even if you end up getting teased about it on Gawker.

Ever since I was laid off nearly a year ago from a magazine gig at Condé Nast, I have been afraid to check my bank statements and growing credit card balances. I knew I needed help, so when I heard that Jean Chatzky, a financial contributor for the “Today” show, was looking for subjects for a money makeover, I volunteered.

I was hoping she would help me budget, but instead she held my feet to the fire and motivated me to find more work. Unemployment barely paid my bills, and freelance jobs require work to find — and that’s before the any of the actual work is done. But by the time Chatzky deemed me ready to appear on the show, I had miraculously found a number of new gigs, including this one, and my finances are in slightly better shape.

After soliciting Chatzky’s help, it was time to play my part and appear on the “Today” show.

Read on to hear about my experience plus the video

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