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  • Could Your Business Be the Next Big Reality Show?
    From cupcake bakers to duck call makers, small business owners and employees are today's top reality stars. The benefits of letting a camera crew follow your every move are obvious. Every episode is like a half hour commercial for your business and that means more people at your door.
  • Resale Royalty 103: 'VIP: Very Important Purchasers'
    When 80 percent of your sales come from 20 percent of your customers, having a VIP Club that caters to that 20 percent makes good business sense. In this week's episode of Resale Royalty, Sue decides to relaunch her old VIP club at the suggestion of one of her oldest customers. They decide to kick the club off with a fancy evening party that will show the customers that Women's Closet Exchange isn't just a retail store, it's a social community for people who love quality fashion.
  • TV's Most Dangerous Jobs: Is the Risk Worth the Reward?
    Since the golden age of television, we've been watching firemen and police officers put their lives on the line in order to protect the innocent. But those are just actors and although a few have been known to get hurt in the performance of their duties, acting isn't usually a dangerous profession. On the other hand, the stars of these four reality shows are truly risking life and limb every time the cameras roll. Why do they do it? Because with big risks, come big rewards.
  • Starting Over at 70: XOX Betsey Johnson
    In the 1970's, Betsey Johnson was on her way to becoming an American fashion icon. Known for her whimsical designs, mismatched fabrics and bright colors, her clothes were popular with the young rock stars of the era. From there, she jumped hurdle after hurdle, never giving up on her wild fashions and wilder behavior. Going to a Betsey fashion show was like going to the circus and they always ended with the designer doing her signature cartwheel on the runway.
  • 5 Lessons from Tabatha Takes Over
    To some people, Tabatha Coffey is a demonic elf who enjoys berating hardworking hairdressers for their sloppy work and poor attitude. To others, she's more like the elfin queen who has the magical ability to pull a failing business back from the brink.
  • Art Careers - Can You Really Make a Career as an Artist?

    Name: Patrick Howe
    Job Title: Artist, art gallery owner, art instructor
    Where: Seattle, WA
    Current Employer: Self
    Years of Experience: 7
    Relevant Work Experience: I have exhibited my artwork widely in galleries and museums. I have also taught art for many years. I was the head preparator for the Portland Art Museum. In the past I have worked in ad agencies as a creative director and award-winning art director.
    Education: BFA from the Museum Art School (now PCNA) in Portland, OR, 1974.
    Salary: Use the PayScale Research Center to find art occupations and salaries.

    Art Careers - Can You Really Make a Career as an Artist?

    Many artists struggle to find a balance between work and art, wondering if they should get a day job, become a commercial artist, or focus on a fine art career. Before committing to the life of an artist, many want to know: can you really make a career as an artist? According to this Salary Story, the answer is yes, but it won't necessarily be easy. Patrick Howe, an artist, art instructor and owner of a Seattle art gallery, describes how he made the leap from toiling at a day job to doing what he loves. If you're a struggling artist or just want to know more about art careers, don't miss Patrick's advice on what it takes to create a successful fine art career.

  • Get a Glamorous Job at QVC: Host Salaries and More

    Cooing at the sparkle of a diamond bracelet, answering questions about holiday flatware and pushing laptops designed for the whole family – are these job skills? Absolutely. Welcome to the wild, live world of a QVC TV host.

    These bright-smiled folks seem to fascinate viewers. Could they have one of the most fun jobs around? It's likely that plenty of people have watched QVC (I'm raising my hand. You can, too) and thought, "Heck, I could do that. I wonder what it’s like and how much they make?" So, I decided to do some investigative reporting and look into QVC host salaries, job duties, and what other jobs are available at QVC.

  • Becoming an Architect - Average Architect's Salary
    Name: Jen Uh
    Job Title: Residential Architect and Project Manager
    Where: Bellevue, WA
    Years of Experience: 6
    Education: Bachelor of Arts, Architectural Studies (UW); Master of Architecture (UW)
    Salary: Use PayScale’s research center to find the average salary for an architect.

    Becoming an Architect - Average Architect's Salary

    What skills do architects need? According to Jen Uh, a residential architect and project manager, having a love of both math and art is key for a career in architecture. In this Salary Story, Jen talks about how she fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming an architect. Even though the education required to become an architect is lengthy, the work is rewarding and the progress is tangible. Just imagine the satisfaction of standing inside of a house you designed, knowing how much planning and work went into the process.

  • Who Makes More - Blue Collar Jobs versus White Collar Jobs
  • Comic Book Artist Salary: How to Be a Comic Book Artist

    Name: Dustin Evans
    Job Title: Comic Book Artist (Freelance Illustrator)
    Where: Tulsa, OK
    Employer: Disney, IDW Publishing, Viper Comics, Ape Entertainment, SLG Graphics
    Years of Experience: 4
    Education: BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration from Oklahoma State University

    Comic Book Artist Salary: How to Be a Comic Book Artist

    Are you interested in becoming a comic book artist?  Look no further, comic book artist Dustin Evans has come to the rescue! In this Salary Story, you'll learn how to be a comic book artist and about the factors that affect a comic book artist salary. The wacky adventures of a comic book artist are just moments away; keep reading!

  • Pro Athletes and Their Salaries

    Athletes and their salaries are making the news often these days, CNN.com reports that international soccer star David Beckham has signed a 5-year deal worth $250 million dollars (salary + endorsements) with the Los Angeles Galaxy. The 31-year-old will be earning about $1 million a week, the highest professional athlete salary for a soccer player. Even with that large income, he falls behind golfer Tiger Woods, who reportedly earned over $97 million in 2006 (according sportsillustrated.cnn.com's list of athlete salaries and incomes, putting him in first place of the top 10 highest paid athletes.

    While that may seem outrageous, debates over pro athletes AND salaries are really not that new, as mentioned on findarticles.com. Baseball great Babe Ruth reportedly earned a larger annual salary than President Hoover during the Great Depression in the 1930’s. Ruth defended his $75,000 annual salary by replying, "Why not? I had a better year than (President Hoover) did." Athlete salary statistics were headlines in 1962 when Wilt Chamberlain shocked the NBA in 1962 by turning down an offer of $25,000, which was the more than highest-paid player at the time, Bob Cousey, who earned $22,500.

    How do you and your salary compare to athletes and their salaries?  Play ball with our salary survey.

  • Graphic Designer Salaries

    Name: David Grey
    Job Title: Graphic Designer
    Where: Troy, NY
    Employer: Self-Employed  
    Years of Experience: 8
    Education: BA - Psychology, Tufts University, MFA - Graphic Design, California Institute of Art
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for median graphic designer salaries.

    Graphic Designer Salaries

    What is a graphic designer? What is the average yearly income of a graphic designer? These are questions we hear quite a bit at Salary Stories. Thus, we turned to graphic designer David Grey to give us a clear picture on what is required to become a graphic designer, factors that affect graphic designer salaries, the life of a freelance designer and more!

    He filled us in on the education needed to become a graphic designer, how he built his graphic designer resume, and the differences in the average yearly income of a graphic designer per location.

    David explained that working as a graphic designer allows him to be creative on a daily basis. When asked what he likes best about his job, exercising his creativity and working for a variety of clients were at the top of his list. For anyone interested in learning more about this creative position, plus graphic designer salaries and benefits, this interview is a must-read!

  • Professional Musician Careers: Average Musician Salary

    Name: Stefano Capobianco
    Job Title: Musician (Singer/Songwriter/Producer)
    Where: Los Angeles, CA
    Employer: Self-Employed (Stefanovox.com)
    Years of Experience: 18
    Education: Bachelor of Arts
    Salary: $50K (See PayScale's Research Center for the average musician salary by years of experience)

    Professional Musician Careers: Average Musician Salary

    Since a musician's salary can vary as much as music itself, the average musician salary may seem elusive. During our interview with professional musician Stefano Capobianco, we learned that the average musician salary is shaped by many factors, including the size of venues that one plays, types of music (covers or original) and income earned from TV or films. We asked this veteran player about his professional musician career and musical influences, the average musician salary, educational requirements for a musician, what advice he has for anyone interested in professional musician careers, and that all important question: why musicians get the girls.

    Many people dream about being rockstars, but professional musician careers require hard work. If you're wondering how to make your dreams come true, whether you just finished your first guitar lesson or you're about to take your band on the road, don't miss this success story about one professional musician career.

  • Music Producer Salary

    Music Producer Salary

    Name: Meghan Gohil
    Job Title: Music Producer
    Where: Los Angeles, CA
    Employer: Owner of Hollywood Recording Studio
    Years of Experience: 20+
    Education: Masters in Media Communication / Audio Engineering, Webster University
    Salary: A Music Producer's salary can range from $20,000 to over $1 million per year

    Music Producer Salary

    Becoming a music producer sounds exciting to many young people, but they just don't know how to get started. Having produced and engineered top rock acts, Meghan Gohil is the perfect subject to ask about a music producer career and a music producer salary. In this interview, Meghan recalls his path to becoming a music producer, discusses the salary of a music producer and explains the actual role of a music producer. If you've ever wondered about embarking upon a music producer career or the elusive numbers behind a music producer salary, this is a must-read interview!

  • Salary for an Architect

    Name: Stephen Jones
    Job Title: Architect
    Where: Marina Del Rey, CA
    Employer: Principal/Owner SFJones Architects, Inc.
    Years of Experience: 10+
    Education: BA in Design at University of Florida - 1986, Masters of Architecture at UCLA - 1992
    Salary: See PayScale's Research Center for the average salary for an architect.

    Salary for an Architect

    It’s no exaggeration to say that Stephen Jones is one of the most sought-after architects in the country. Stephen has designed many high-profile restaurants, from the internationally known Spago in Beverly Hills to the Lucky Strike Lanes which grace several major cities. But can the salary for an architect match an awe-inspiring design? We decided to find out more about architect salaries and how to become an architect from one of the best.

    Stephen discussed his different creations, factors that affect the average architect salary and how to become an architect. Primarily a commercial architect, Stephen is equally adept as a luxury home architect, having designed his own house. He truly loves what he does, sans the architect salary.

    Stephen reminds us that the salary for an architect takes a back seat to the passion one must have for this creative and challenging field. If you're wondering how to become an architect - or earn a higher architect salary - keep reading to find out how Stephen rose to the top.

  • Pro Football Salaries vs. Surgeon Salaries: The Salary Super Bowl

    As Super Bowl start time nears, this seems like an opportune moment to examine pro football salaries. Of course, the big question is, “Who is the highest-paid player?” The often-disappointing Atlanta Falcons failed to make the playoffs, but their quarterback, Michael Vick had a great season. He topped all pro football salaries with an annual salary of $23.1 million.

    In the world of pro football salaries, is he worth 23.1 million? Well, in 2006, Michael Vick became the only quarterback in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards. But what if we compare this football player salary to a cardiothoracic surgeon salary in the Atlanta area?  How does a football player measure up to someone who saves lives? With 5-9 years of experience, a cardiothoracic surgeon salary averages out to $329,229, less than 2% of Vick’s salary!

    How does your salary score against pro football salaries (as reported on CNN.Money.com)? Find out with our salary survey.

  • Salary Guide: Fashion Writer & Mortgage Broker

    Name: Daniel B.
    Job Title: Mortgage Broker & Men's Fashion Writer for About.com
    Where: Seattle, WA
    Works: 50% as a Mortgage Broker, 50% as a Fashion Writter
    Years of Experience:  5 as a Mortgage Broker, 2 as a Fashion Writer
    Salary: Mortgage Broker Salary: $50k - $70k/year based on performance. Fashion Writer Salary: about $60k/year also based on performance.
    Education: BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Washington


    What I do as Mortgage Broker/Fashion Writer...

    I write about Men's Fashion for About.com and am a Mortgage Broker for a small company in Seattle. I love the fashion writing, of course, but both jobs allow me to work with lots of interesting people. The best part of being a mortgage broker is developing relationships with my customers and listening to their stories. The best part of my writing job: I go to New York Fashion week twice a year and report the latest fashion trends back to my readers.

    I chose this line of work because...

  • Radio Producer Salary: Mornings on 103.7

    Name: Lee Callahan
    Job Title: Radio Producer/Traffic Reporter for Radio Morning Show
    Where: Seattle, WA
    Years of Experience: 6+
    Salary: Approximately $50,000
    Employer: KMTT 103.7 FM, The Mountain

    Radio Producer/Traffic Reporter Job Description:

    As the radio producer for “John Fisher and Mike West, mornings on 103.7 the mountain,” I make sure that the radio hosts have a lot of things to talk about and a lot of guests: current event guests, movie stars, TV stars, popular guests, like a rock star, high profile type guests. I book two or three guests a day. I am also a traffic reporter; I give updates on the air about the morning commute.

  • A Job In The Performing Arts: Theater Office Manager

    Name: Michelle Lockhart
    Job Title: Theater Office Manager
    Where: Seattle, Washington
    Education: Bachelors - Boise State University
    Years of Experience: 1+ years
    Salary: 20-30K
    Employer: Empty Space Theater

    Theater Office Manager Job Description:

    We’re a small staff, so I do all kinds of things. I manage the front of the house staff, ticket sales, subscription sales and group sales. I manage the experience that the audience has walking in the door, coming through the lobby, all the way to the theater where the artists take over. In the office, I assist with marketing, I help get the posters and programs together, I assist with any kind of special events, silent auctions and upcoming fundraisers.

    I assist with anything that the development director and artistic director need. We're not the WaMu Theater Seattle, so with a small group like us, you really have to fill in anywhere, sometimes loading seats. I do just about anything I can to help the organization in general. I look for ways to promote visual and performing arts vocabulary.

  • On the Silver Screen: Film Producer Annual Salary

    motion picture, hit movie, feature film, silver screen, salary range, film producer work schedule, what is a film producer, producer salary, film school motion picture,one full movie Name: Brendan Davis
    Job Title: Film Producer-Director
    Where: Santa Monica, CA
    Years of Experience: A lifetime, really – but it’s paid the bills for two years
    Salary: Varies per project (See PayScale's Average Film Producer Annual Salary)
    Employer: Tangible Entertainment (Self)
    Education: BA, Film and Television (with a minor in Psych – very important!): Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA

    What is a Film Producer?

    What is a film producer? Well, my job is to find and develop material from which – in my opinion – can be created an artistically and commercially viable project, a hit movie. Then I plan and oversee all aspects of taking that project from the page to the silver screen and making it happen. This entails making or overseeing all major decisions involved in the process (both creative and technical). A typical film producer work schedule is hectic!