Hi! I'm Natasha.
I know that working in the arts is stressful. We have busy jobs, work long hours, juggle competing priorities, and struggle to balance life and creative goals. Worrying about money seems to be part of the job. I get it.
I'm an artist and leader with over fifteen years of professional experience in the creative sector. I've dealt with many personal financial challenges along the way. Now, I want to share some hard-learned lessons and simple strategies for keeping income and expenses in line, and reducing the stress that comes with a life and career in the arts.
Whether you're worried about how you'll pay off debt, afford a home, take care of your family, save for emergencies, or fund your next creative project, I can help.
Smart Money sessions give you the tools, techniques and confidence to cut through the overwhelming options out there. We’ll set achievable goals and you’ll learn strategies to manage your income, expenses, and the unpredictability of your creative pursuits. I’ll help you create straightforward systems to gain control over your day-to-day finances and map out where you’re headed. You will learn methods that you can apply over and over again. As life will continue to bring surprises, you’ll have an approach to rely on.
I'm not an investment advisor, insurance broker or accountant – I teach you how you can best work with a wide range of financial professionals with confidence, based on a plan that you understand and that works for your goals. This also means that I won't tell you where to invest your money, sell you products, or manage your investments for you. You’ll learn approaches to weighing financial decisions and understanding information about products that might meet your needs. I’ll help you understand the range of options for making your money grow, figure out your comfort zone and capacity, and give you the confidence to find the right financial approach for your needs.
Like you, I wear many hats. I'm an arts leader, facility manager, arts curator and producer, and stage director. I love creating the simple and efficient systems so a creative project can thrive. I'm passionate about decoding the story in the numbers and the creative potential of balancing our dollars and cents. I've managed a wide range of indie arts projects, million dollar not-for-profit budgets, as well as my personal finances – and I've learned that I love grappling with the influential role that money plays in our many pursuits.
While running social enterprises, securing grants, selling tickets and fundraising, I've met revenue and strategic goals through cash flow challenges. I've also hired, programmed, and awarded grants to hundreds of artists and projects. I've learned a lot about what it takes to get a job and make a project succeed in a highly competitive industry. I'm also a trained financial counsellor and get how overwhelming it can be to juggle professional dreams when you also have to meet your needs and handle life’s many surprises.
If you'd like to know more about me, please ask! I'm looking forward to getting to know you too.