The Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA) is the largest nonprofit association for commercial, film and TV professionals in Oregon. OMPA unites crew, talent agencies, producers, directors and others who cater to the industry. Harold Phillips, actor, OMPA member, PDX Fusion member, and genius behind Oregon Film and TV Dollars, introduced me to OMPA. This page covers networking efforts by dedicated professionals who have contributed time and expertise to assist OMPA members in stabilizing and/or improving their financial well-being. Click here to learn more about these professionals.
Act I – The Scream:
For many people, saving for retirement, a down payment, a rainy day, or even gas money can seem a daunting task. For others, it’s a walk in the park. Like many other situations in life, it’s a matter of personal perspective. There’s no doubt that the man to the right is screaming, but it’s hard to tell why. Did he just: (a) win the lottery, (b) audition for an eponymous episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, (c) lose a loved one, or (d) see his health insurance bill? If your current financial condition makes you want to scream, you’re probably in the right place and will want to continue reading.
Act II – Sisyphus:
Creative types and other independent contractors often feel left behind when it comes to financial benefits and opportunities. There’s no 401(k) or someone else paying half your employment taxes, and it seems like every time you inch forward, there’s a backslide. Did you ever feel like Sisyphus pushing the boulder up the hill? You roll it up, occasionally get near the top, and then it comes rolling back again. I’m a real estate broker, married to a freelance writer/blogger, and we have three active kids approaching the orthodontia stage. I feel your pain, but I also know that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
Act III – The Wheel:
There’s no reason to reinvent the wheel when it comes to improving your financial stability. Self-discipline and good advice will keep you moving forward toward your financial goals. That may involve cutting back on the daily latte in favor of a Thermos of homemade java. Whether you’re saving for new headshots, trying to buy a vehicle to carry your tools of the trade, paying off school loans or consumer debt, or putting money away for retirement, there’s a professional to help you plan for and achieve your goals.
Act IV – The Thinker:
One of the most iconic sculptures in the world is Rodin’s The Thinker. It pays to surround yourself with a supporting cast who will do some of the heavy thinking for you. A financial advisor can help you balance your budget, save for retirement, purchase the right type (and amount) of insurance, and keep your financial motor running smoothly. When you’re ready, a good mortgage broker and real estate broker will help you identify the right home and loan. Hopefully, they’ll explain everything in terms that keep you from glazing over like a deer in the headlights.
Act V – Eureka Moment:
Archimedes was a Greek mathematician and scientist. Legend has it that he did some of his best thinking in the bathroom. One day, he hopped into the tub and saw the water rise around him. When he realized that HE had displaced the water, he yelled “Eureka,” and the Eureka Moment was born. I hope that by reading this page, you’ve had YOUR Eureka Moment and will be inspired to act on it. Creative people – freelancers or otherwise – need assistance plotting their financial course. Funnily enough, so do non-creative people. Now you’ve got a network to help you.