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About the author:
Matthew Carlson is an accomplished stage actor, playwright, and screenwriter. He is also a co-founder of the Artists Financial Support Group (AFSG), a non-profit that seeks to educate artists about student loans and budgeting on an erratic income. Matthew received both his MFA and $100,000 in student loan debt from the prestigious NYU Graduate Acting program.


An Artist's Guide to Student Loans and Financial Self-Advocacy

Authored by Matthew Carlson
Edition: 1

Now in a REVISED, NEW EDITION for 2017.

Artists in the United States are graduating from training programs with unsustainable student debt. How do you plan for the future with a volatile income, when success does not necessarily equal financial stability? How do you pursue your art and still manage to pay your monthly student loan bill? Repaid explains student loan consolidation and repayment, budgeting on an erratic income, health care, and unemployment for artists. Artists need to know they are not alone, and their student debt can be repaid.

"Matthew Carlson and the AFSG have prepared a document for us which may be one of the most valuable nuts and bolts handbooks that I have read on how to be an artist."
-David Costabile, Broadway, TV & film actor (Breaking Bad)

"A practical and invaluable guide written by artists for artists. It should be on the required reading list of every training program."
-Richard Feldman, Associate Director, Juilliard Drama Division

"The AFSG has demystified the treacherous maze of student loans, showing not only artists, but all students, how to navigate the daunting transition from training to career."
-Janet Zarish, Head of Acting at NYU Graduate Acting

"As practicing artists themselves, AFSG's combination of empathetic concern and sound practical advice puts them at the forefront of the movement to save a whole generation of artists from mortgaging their artistic futures."
-Ron Van Lieu, Lloyd Richards Professor of Acting, Yale School of Drama

Publication Date:
1503138062 / 9781503138063
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Education / Finance

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