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Millennials: Here's how to save and invest when you're just getting by

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Ever since she was a little girl, Kate Strauss says she heard Hollywood calling her name.

“I’ve always wanted to act and write, so after college, I moved to L.A.,” says Strauss, a comical, bubbly Millennial living her dream.

After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2014 with a degree in acting, Strauss hopped the first flight to California. 

While pursuing acting, she's also taken on production jobs "because they're fun, and I'm learning a lot," she says.

The work is also keeping her afloat financially. “On a production job, I can make up to $3,500 a month after taxes,” Strauss, 24, explains.

Her income sounds cushy for a recent grad with less than $1,000 in student loan debt. But as a freelancer, her take-home pay can dip to $1,500 a month. She may have an acting or production gig for a time, followed by a waitress job, she says.


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