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Brian Darling in Costa Rica

By | May 21, 2015

Business Management and building a solid financial infrastructure

By | February 21, 2015

It is more important than ever for everyone to always know the following four things:

  1. Your assets
  2. Your liabilities
  3. Your income
  4. Your expenses

Are you saving for retirement? Do you earn enough income to cover your current expenses? Are you living within your means? Are you adequately insured? How much savings and income will you need after you retire? Do you have an emergency fund?

Let’s face it, money DOES make the world go ’round. We all want financial stability and a huge bank balance, but often times there are unexpected expenses, health issues, and a myriad of other things that can deplete a savings account very quickly, and throw your life into financial chaos. What if you suddenly become unable to work? Do you have a plan B?

Planning for the future and giving your daily finances the proper attention can make all the difference. But this can be a daunting task. Many quickly feel overwhelmed with credit card offers, promotional “discounts”, and “no interest financing” deals. You get a new smart phone, and sign a 2 year contract, and then a hot new model comes out. Your friend turns you on to a “great investment” opportunity, your neighbor gets a nicer car than you have.

Technology has accelerated our lives to the point where many people simply cannot keep up, and they often amass huge debt, that they ultimately cannot repay. Your liabilities mount up, and perhaps your assets become depleted. You get laid off of your job. Your series does not get renewed. Your contract ends. You get a late notice in the mail. Your insurance lapses. Here is where a great Business Manager can help.

Your Business Manager will assist with bringing all your financial pieces and organize them all into one detailed financial statement. They will insure all your bills are paid timely, and accurately record all of your deposits and income as well. This service is particularly helpful and necessary for people with multiple sources of income, or multiple residences/rental property, etc. . A second set of eyes can help identify suspicious activity, eliminate duplication of services or work flow and most importantly, give you the peace of mind knowing that you are always aware of what is going on in YOUR financial life.

Ultimately this will SAVE money. Information is power, and financial organization is a key element. We all file tax returns, and we all have bills to pay. Business Managers work WITH your CPA, Investment Advisors and Wealth Managers, Attorneys and others on your team. They help you live within your means, save for retirement, or whatever your financial goals may be, and they do it efficiently, and accurately.

I’ve been a Business Manager in Los Angeles since 1988, and have assisted hundreds of clients predominantly in the Entertainment Industry, and high net worth clientele. The improvement of technology has allowed Business Managers and Accountants to bring these high end services to many more clients. We assist LGBT individuals and couples contemplating marriage, and help them navigate through uncharted tax situations and scenarios. Professional Athletes engage these services. Busy Executives, Attorneys, and Entrepreneurs find great value by outsourcing these services. Wealth Managers frequently refer their clients to Business Managers, and CPA’s. Your overall financial position is ultimately as strong as your financial “team”.

Invest in yourself; invest in your financial well being; live a happy life. I’d like to partner with you and help you get there, and put all the financial pieces together so you ALWAYS maintain a great financial balance, today, tomorrow, and every day. Please contact me directly to start on the path to building YOUR solid financial infrastructure. Your Business Manager is your financial quarterback and trusted advisor.

Barb Elgin ~ Part 2

By | December 6, 2014

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Season 2, Episode 4

Barb returns! This time Brian and Barb discuss conflict in relationships. The top two reasons for conflict? Love and money. Barb handles the love side while Brian offers his financial advice.

Barb Elgin has over 25 years experience in psychotherapy, counseling, and as a life coach. She works with couples, individuals, and even entire companies with the goal of helping everyone achieve happiness. Barb also hosts the Lesbian Love Talk radio show.

Visit Barb’s websites at barbelgin.com and lastinglesbianlove.com for more.

Kids in the Spotlight 2014

By | November 4, 2014

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Brian with KITS director Tige Charity

On Saturday night I was delighted to once again attend the Kids in the Spotlight Film Festival and Jordan Awards at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills.

This was the 5th year for the event and it was hosted by Ty Burrell, Emmy-winning star of “Modern Family”. Kids in the Spotlight (KITS) finds a way to touch my heart each and every year. KITS gives children that are in foster care or otherwise underprivileged the opportunity to write, cast, direct, and star in their very own short films. The goal is to give these kids the chance to express their creativity and develop an interest in the film industry while building up their confidence and sense of accomplishment. The program culminates in Saturday’s festival. Let me set the scene.

The “Kids” arrive in limousines and step onto a stunning “blue carpet” complete with flash bulbs, interviews, waves, and cheers. Their movie posters dot the theatre lobby, which is filled with dignitaries, celebrities, and invited guests. The room buzzes as proud parents, siblings, and friends anticipate the big premiere of the films created by their loved ones. The kids are the stars of the night, having the time of their lives evidenced by the big smile across each of their faces. KITS Director Tige Charity floats around the room, making sure everything runs smoothly and that everyone is having a good time. Other KITS board members support Tige’s efforts, keeping things flowing and greeting and acknowledging every attendee.

The biggest KITS audience yet packed into the theatre with many forced to stand in the back. The lights dimmed, the screen came to life, and we were treated to the results of weeks of training, collaboration, and imagination.

The product of everyone’s efforts is a truly amazing experience for all in attendance. The KITS staff and volunteers become mentors for the kids and top industry professionals including producers, writers, makeup artists, and more are assembled to help with the films and give them advice. Perhaps the best part about KITS is that it’s a 100% free program for the participants. The team is dedicated to giving back to the community and providing something special for kids that truly deserve it. Witnessing this kind of selfless outreach always leaves me feeling proud and inspired.

After the films were screened, a number of awards were given out. The smiles on the faces of these kids when they step on the stage to accept awards for their hard work always brings tears to my eyes. At that moment, it’s all worth it. To be a part of the love and joy that fills the theatre is so very satisfying. It becomes clear how important KITS is for everyone involved. This is an event that I will attend for many years to come and I’m excited to see it grow and evolve.

Check out kidsinthespotlight.org and support this great organization. They are truly making dreams come true.

Writer, producer, comedienne, and author T Faye Griffin is a member of the KITS team and spoke about her rewarding experience with the event. Watch below. 

 

Barb Elgin Part 1

By | November 3, 2014

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Season 2, Episode 3

The latest episode is here! Brian chats with therapist and love coach Barb Elgin. Barb brings a lesbian perspective to the show and chats with Brian about the relationship between the gay and lesbian communities. They also discuss LGBT on mainstream TV and what we can do to understand each other a little better.

Barb Elgin has over 25 years experience in psychotherapy, counseling, and as a life coach. She works with couples, individuals, and even entire companies with the goal of helping everyone achieve happiness. Barb also hosts the Lesbian Love Talk radio show.

Visit Barb’s websites at barbelgin.com and lastinglesbianlove.com for more.

 

 

 

BIG NEWS: Court Ruling Could Lead to Marriage Equality in 30 States!

By | October 7, 2014

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By refusing to get involved in the gay marriage issue, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized marriage equality in five states. Their decision lets lower court rulings in Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia, Utah, and Wisconsin stand. Couples began marrying mere hours after the news.

The members of the Supreme Court gave no other comments, removing themselves from the issue and leaving it up to the states. Legal ripples from the decision could lead to equality in six more states within weeks. This will bring the number of states with legalized same-sex marriage up to 30 plus the District of Columbia!

According to the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, two-thirds of same-sex couples in the U.S. will soon be living in states where gay marriage is legal.

The fight for equality continues, but this decision represents an enormous step which could be the turning point that leads to nationwide equality.

 

2014 LA LGBT Center Vanguard Awards and Anniversary Gala

By | September 27, 2014

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It’s that time again! The Vanguard Awards at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 45th Anniversary Gala is coming up on November 8.

Every year the Vanguard Awards celebrate and honor individuals and organizations that have helped make strides in the fight for equality and tolerance of the LGBT population.

This year’s honorees are George and Brad Takei, Marvel Entertainment Group, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Each of them has made vast contributions to the LGBT movement in their own way. From politics, to speaking out in public, to diversity in comic book characters, each of their varied efforts is deserving of our recognition.

The Gala will be held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza and tickets are on sale now! Click here to purchase. 

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Sherri Shepherd Makes Broadway Debut in Cinderella

By | September 13, 2014

Sherri Shepherd took Broadway by storm this week as she took on the role of the wicked stepmother in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Cinderella.

This marks Sherri’s first turn on Broadway after getting her feet wet starring in Love, Loss, and What I Wore off-Broadway. Also joining the cast is 21-year-old sensation Keke Palmer. Taking on the titular role, Palmer adds Broadway to her already impressive list of achievements which includes TV and film roles along with her daytime talk show.

The duo made history, becoming the first African Americans to play the mother and daughter roles in Cinderella, which first premiered as a TV special in 1957 starring Julie Andrews. The current production opened last year and received 9 Tony nominations.

Sherri Shepherd continues to show her versatility. From acting on TV and film to co-hosting The View, to Dancing With the Stars, books, stand-up comedy, and now Broadway – this lady can do it all! Congrats Sherri!

Watch Sherri Shepherd’s appearance on The Brian Darling Show below and be sure to check out The Brian Darling Store for everything Sherri and so much more!

 

Congratulations Sarah Spillane

By | September 4, 2014

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I just wanted to give a shout out to a talented filmmaker that I have known for many years, Sarah Spillane.

Her latest movie, Around the Block, is now available to rent and buy. The film stars Christina Ricci and centers on the friendship between an unconventional American drama teacher Dino Chalmers, and Liam, a sixteen-year-old Australian-Aboriginal Boy during the 2004 Redfern riots.

Around the Block is the second feature film written and directed by Sarah. Expect many more in the future!

Click here to buy or rent Around the Block on Amazon

Brian Darling – Movie Critic!

By | August 28, 2014

Recently, Brian joined GoWeHo.com as a contributor for their great website. GoWeHo is dedicated to entertainment and celebrity news as well as local LA events and happenings.

Brian is excited to enter the GoWeHo fold as a film critic. You can find his first two reviews below. This partnership will bring plenty more content down the road including more movie reviews, red carpet appearances, and more. Thank you to Regina Paris, Laurie Schenden, and everyone else at GoWeHo for this opportunity!

Click to read Brian’s review of Perfect Cowboy 

A film about two gay fathers of a straight country western singers, all living in a rural community and playing music together. Jimmy Poole gets out of prison and kicks his step-son Mark out of the family’s band.

Click to read Brian’s review of Big Joy

A documentary about James Broughton, pioneer of experimental cinema in the 1940s, and trickster poet who was a precursor to the beat movement in San Francisco.