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How Stefanie went from starving artist to financial expert

by Martin D. & Sahil M. | DYEH Podcast

About Stefanie O’Connell


After graduating with a drama degree in 2008 when the world economy collapsed, Stefanie learned the hard way that she had to do something to change her situation.

Stefanie was fed up with being a starving artist in NYC. She was working survival jobs while pursuing her acting career. Then she started writing personal finance articles for $20. Now she’s making real money and speaking to young adults on how they can build real wealth too.

Where can you find Stefanie?

Stefanie’s homepage
Stefanie’s YouTube
Stefanie’s Instagram
Stefanie’s Twitter

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Show Notes & Episode Guide

  • 0:00 – 3:45. A quick introduction to Stefanie and her story. Stefanie shares a funny story of how she graduated college right when the world collapsed. Her story takes her from drama graduate to financial expert.
  • 3:46 – 4:45. Stefanie talks about how her little blog turned into a business. She had to change everything about her brand since she was no longer broke.
  • 4:46 – 6:20. Stefanie explains to us how her journey evolved and brought her to where she is today. Now Stefanie isn’t worried about being broke as her focus is on building wealth.
  • 6:21 – 8:19. Stefanie tells us that making money IS all that it’s cracked up to be. You don’t have to be a starving artist. Stefanie goes into the light at the end of the tunnel. You don’t have to limit yourself. You can use your ability to tell stories to make money for yourself.
  • 8:20 – 12:00. Sahil asks Stefanie how she started building wealth. It all began with freelance writing. Stefanie focused on providing value over trying to sell the person on something. You need to hear how much Stefanie was charging for articles when she was first starting (it’s not a lot). Despite working for so cheap, Stefanie doesn’t regret it.
  • 12:01 – 15:15. Martin asks Stefanie how she built up the courage to raise her rates. The answer might inspire you to try something new. You can’t be afraid of rejection. You also know what’s within your grasp. You don’t want to ask for something that can’t be given to you. Stefanie found folks with bigger budgets.
  • 15:16 – 16:15. Stefanie talks about how she was able to find those with bigger budgets to pay her more.
  • 16:16 – 17:59. Martin asks Stefanie about how she deals with rejection.
  • 18:00 – 20:00. How would new actors make an impact? Stefanie shares what all people in the acting business can start doing right now to get noticed.
  • 20:01 – 23:44. Is Stefanie nervous about putting herself out there? Stefanie sees the value in transparency. She’s very intentional with how she puts things out there for the world to see.
  • 23:45 – 25:51. How do you make a $1,000 in 30 days? Let’s see what advice Stefanie has for starving artists out there. Sometimes you have to do the non-sexy work.
  • 25:51 – 28:00. What books has Stefanie read lately? Then she starts talking about her WHY. Stefanie needs to live on her own terms.
  • 28:01 – 30:26. We end off with a quick chat on finding your why and we wrap up the show.

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